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2009 Chrysler Aspen Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: 2009 Chrysler Aspen - Too bad they are not made anymore! by 2005Jimmy

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Introduction

Bought this to replace our aging 2007 Aspen. Liked the comfort, power and reliability of the first one. The 2009 has a few more features but is basically the same SUV with 376 HP/401 lb-ft of torque. Got it mainly for towing our 29' travel trailer (7500 lbs) and haulinggrandkids with us.

The new Durango looks nice but with the unibody construction it won't pull our trailer.Some of us are willing to sacrifice a bit of ride quality for the full frame strength.

It's hard on gas but does what I need and want it to. If I wanted better fuel mileage and had no trailer or family to haul I would have picked a 4 cyl car.
It's got all the bells and whistles and when buying it used it's a good deal.

Reviewed: 2009 Chrysler Aspen

4dr SUV 376-horsepower 5.7L V8 5-speed automatic AWD w/low range

Why the 2009 Chrysler Aspen?

Powertrain performance

Solid highway performer for passing and cruising.

Fuel economy

24 l/100km in city (winter), 14.7 l/100 km on hwy (winter at -23 C)

Ride smoothness

Very smooth and quiet on highway and around town.

Quietness

Fairly quiet on Highway, minor tire noise on coarse pavement. Engine quiet at cruising speeds. Slight growl on acceleration increasing throaty growl as accelerator pushed.

Front seat room

Plenty of room for 6 footers

Why Not the 2009 Chrysler Aspen?

Fuel economy

Hard on fuel around town but that's not why I bought it. Decent on the highyway, 14.7 l/100 km at 105 km/hr with the 3.92 rear end.

Color choices

We have a burgundy 2007 model which the wife loves. The 2009 is grey which she hates. I couldn't care less as the 2009 has 80,000 less kms on it and is in very good shape.

Audio & nav systems

Nav screen goes blank in cold weather. Seems to have erratic on and off, maybe a loose connection. Will check when the weather warms up.

Depreciation

High depreciation when new.

Driving position & visibility

Large A pillars make driving around corners tricky.

Other Features of the 2009 Chrysler Aspen

Rear seat room & comfort

Second row is tight for adults, fine for kids. Third row has more leg room than 2nd row for adults but seats are hard. All seats are harder than our 2003 Monte Carlo but still offer good support on long drives.

Conclusion

If you want power, luxury, and reliability by this vehicle. If you want 50 mpg, don't.

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