2009 Chrysler Aspen

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Key Specs

of the 2009 Chrysler Aspen. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Price
  • Many standard features
  • Third row roomier than most
  • Highway stability

The Bad

  • Fuel economy
  • Comfort for shorter drivers
  • Truck-like handling
  • Some cheap controls

Notable Features of the 2009 Chrysler Aspen

  • Choice of two V-8s
  • New Hemi engine
  • Seats seven or eight
  • Full-size dimensions

2009 Chrysler Aspen Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
The Aspen is an upscale version of Dodge's Durango that competes with similar SUVs, such as the GMC Yukon and Ford Expedition. The seven- or eight-seat Aspen sports Chrysler-signature side markings and grille elements. Under the hood is a choice of two V-8 engines, including Chrysler's 5.7-liter Hemi. Two four-wheel-drive systems are also available.

A two-mode hybrid version of the Aspen is also available. It produces 385 horsepower and 380 pounds-feet of torque, and its fuel economy improvement is estimated to be 25 percent. It is listed separately in the Cars.com Research section.


New for 2009
A new 5.7-liter Hemi is the larger of two available V-8 engines.

Exterior
The Chrysler Aspen measures 202.1 inches long, 76 inches wide and 73.6 inches tall. The Aspen is the same length as the Yukon and about 4 inches shorter than the Expedition. It is also the smallest of its competitors in terms of width and height.

  • Chromed accents on bodyside moldings, door handles and side mirrors
  • 18- or 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels
  • Two new paint colors: City Teal Metallic and Deep Crimson Crystal


Interior
Though similar to the Durango's, the Aspen's dashboard gains plenty of wood-like trim. Upscale touches include an available navigation system and available heated seats in the first two rows. Standard cloth upholstery can be upgraded to two-tone leather or a leather and suede combination. The second row can be either two captain's chairs or a three-s...
Vehicle Overview
The Aspen is an upscale version of Dodge's Durango that competes with similar SUVs, such as the GMC Yukon and Ford Expedition. The seven- or eight-seat Aspen sports Chrysler-signature side markings and grille elements. Under the hood is a choice of two V-8 engines, including Chrysler's 5.7-liter Hemi. Two four-wheel-drive systems are also available.

A two-mode hybrid version of the Aspen is also available. It produces 385 horsepower and 380 pounds-feet of torque, and its fuel economy improvement is estimated to be 25 percent. It is listed separately in the Cars.com Research section.


New for 2009
A new 5.7-liter Hemi is the larger of two available V-8 engines.

Exterior
The Chrysler Aspen measures 202.1 inches long, 76 inches wide and 73.6 inches tall. The Aspen is the same length as the Yukon and about 4 inches shorter than the Expedition. It is also the smallest of its competitors in terms of width and height.

  • Chromed accents on bodyside moldings, door handles and side mirrors
  • 18- or 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels
  • Two new paint colors: City Teal Metallic and Deep Crimson Crystal


Interior
Though similar to the Durango's, the Aspen's dashboard gains plenty of wood-like trim. Upscale touches include an available navigation system and available heated seats in the first two rows. Standard cloth upholstery can be upgraded to two-tone leather or a leather and suede combination. The second row can be either two captain's chairs or a three-seat bench, both of which recline and fold flat. Folding both rows provides the maximum 102.4 cubic feet of cargo volume — a bit less than the Expedition and Yukon. GPS is available and provides real-time traffic updates. It includes an integrated voice-recognition system and touch-screen operation. The Aspen also offers a optional Sirius Streaming Video packaged with the rear-seat video system, featuring three channels of family TV programming. Also available is Sirius Satellite Radio with more than 130 channels.

  • Seating for seven or eight
  • Second-row bench is split 40/20/40
  • Third-row bench is split 60/40
  • Sirius Streaming TV packaged with rear-seat video system


Under the Hood
Two engines are available: a 4.7 liter V-8 and the next-generation 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. The 4.7-liter is E85 compatible and uses electronic throttle control. The 5.7-liter Hemi uses variable valve timing and a cylinder-deactivation system that shuts off four cylinders under light load situations for increased fuel economy.

Rear-wheel drive is standard, and two four-wheel-drive systems are available. One matches to the 4.7-liter engine and features a single-speed transfer case incorporating a four-wheel-drive "high" mode that's best for road and off-pavement use. The other works with the Hemi V-8 and has a two-speed transfer case with both four-wheel-drive "high" and "low" modes for more challenging offroad situations.

  • 303-hp, 4.7-liter V-8 with 330 pounds-feet of torque
  • 365-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 with 390 pounds-feet of torque
  • Five-speed automatic transmission
  • 8,900-pound towing capacity when properly equipped


Safety
An electronic stability system comes standard and includes Chrysler's rollover mitigation technology, which can apply brakes in short bursts to avert impending rollovers. Other standard features include:

  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Side curtain airbags in all three rows of seats
  • Trailer Sway Control



Latest 2009 Aspen Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Beauty with an engine!

by Yoda97 from Indianapolis,IN on August 17, 2017

This car is a beast! Our Aspen is a 2009 and runs like a dream, with a Hemi! It is so much fun seeing it go from 0-50 in no time! Read full review

(5.0)

Great SUV

by Mike-k_82 from Franklin on July 9, 2017

Nice looking and very roomy and reliable. I owned it since 2010 and never had an issue with it.. I hope Chrysler reopen that line Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2009 Chrysler Aspen currently has 0 recalls

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2009 Chrysler Aspen Limited

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall Rollover Rating
4 Star
Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Chrysler
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    unlimietd months / unlimited distance

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/less than 75,000 miles.

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    3 months/3,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    125-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Aspen received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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