If you need to tow a trailer or carry very heavy loads on a regular basis, it might be the best answer. Rear obstacle detection and a rear backup camera are also standard. Eighteen-inch chrome wheels come standard; the regular Aspen has 18- or 20-inchers. Send Kelsey an Hide full review. To no solution, we are.
The Hemi V8 also has Chrysler's Multi-Displacement System, which shuts down four cylinders under light load conditions to conserve fuel. One of the motors aids power at low speeds and the other at highway speeds. Wood trim and an analog clock set the interior apart from the Dodge. None of the seats in our test car were well padded — to say they were overly firm is an understatement. Its styling falls more in line with the Toyota Highlander and Ford Escape hybrids, which look similar to their non-hybrid counterparts. Buckets are optional for the second row to reduce seating to seven. The whirring motors give way to a low-pitched engine note, and the gas pedal imparts a more substantive feeling of power.
The bumper matches car bumpers' height, and is designed to engage the crash protection structure of a car in an accident, rather than missing a car's crash barriers and hitting the occupants directly. It didn't take much to get our truck down to 16 mpg - which is about the same as the Ford Flex with its much smaller V6 and one ton lower towing capacity. You can see it for yourself in the video. Quiet, smooth, with all-weather confidence, and did I mention towing ability? New for 2009 is the Sirius Streaming Video package that comes with the available rear-seat video entertainment system. Two V8 engines are available, plus the Hybrid. The Hybrid model comes with the 5. Perhaps most impressive, I found, was that the V-8 could maintain 50 or 60 mph up slight highway inclines in four-cylinder mode.
Leather trim is optional and all of the usual power and personalization features are available. In its place is a unique gauge with zones for battery charging, economic driving and stronger acceleration. We liked the upscale look of the interior, especially from the driver's seat passengers get the usual acres of plastic. Our test vehicle included a navigation system; this model seems faster than the one we tested in 2007 and was less frustrating, offering more options for choosing a destination and accepting our input without infuriating delays. The electric motors can help the engine to stay in four-cylinder mode, saving more than enough gas to make up for the bigger displacement and power of the Hemi. All this talk of gauges, displays, and coasting are one thing, but we must mention that the Aspen Hybrid does not require any special attention to drive normally.
It is almost perfect, I just wish they still made them. The left and right seats folded and tumbled independently for easy access to the rearmost seats. Chrysler replaced the tachometer with an economy gauge, which tells the driver whether he is charging the battery coasting or hitting the brakes , running in economy mode light throttle , or in power mode heavy throttle. Guzzling 2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid 2008 Chrysler Aspen 5. Stop at a stop sign and everything goes quiet.
To be fair, despite the hopes of some within Chrysler who thought that more power would be a selling point , few horsepower freaks seem to want to even think about hybrids, except to dash off some sarcastic slanders of Prius owners. Bluetooth phone integration was built in; you can carry on a conversation as you get in and out, and it will seamlessly transfer over to and from the car speakers and microphone as you do it. There will be room for eight persons across the three rows of seats. Both units will offer 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Boasting a cavernous interior, the Aspen accommodates seven or eight passengers, depending on the seating configuration. The power liftgate was also fun, again requiring two presses of the remote or a single press of an interior button.
Rear passengers benefited from the standard rear air conditioning with heater, that can be shut off or controlled from the front or the rear. The interior of the 2009 Chrysler Aspen is relatively spacious, and Cars. Standard equipment in the Aspen Limited E includes an E85-compatible 4. More than once I found myself in a line of decelerating cars, wanting to switch to a faster-moving lane. The requisite hybrid badges adorn the Aspen's tailgate and side panels, but there are only three of them — none up front — and all are small.
Alas, the Aspen Hybrid's screen sits too low in the dash to check regularly; there is, however, an overhead readout above the windshield that shows cumulative gas mileage. Actual purchase terms may vary. Three-Row Seating Aspen doesn't have a bad seat in the house. Finally, there is now Electronic Roll Mitigation standard; it prevents rollovers in conjunction with the stability control, and can use individual brakes as needed. On value and capability alone, the Aspen Hybrid might work for some, but I can't recommend it outright — it has all the faults of the regular Aspen, and the hybrid drivetrain feels a few steps short of primetime.
With interior quality, DiamlerChrysler cut corners. You can just turn the key and go, ignoring all the gadgetry. All told, the screen is more informative than the center display on the Yukon and Tahoe hybrids, which shows power flow but not much else, but it doesn't go as far as the Escape and Highlander hybrids, which both offer a second screen that charts mileage history over the past 15 to 30 minutes. The extra weight of the motors and battery pack also seem to be handled in stride, without any substantial effect on cornering or feel. I would never have bought it if I knew how expensive it was to repair it. In an unusually sensible move, Chrysler made the middle row seat belts height-adjustable, just like the front row.
We use this vehicle for business travel. Safety features include front multi-stage airbags and head-protecting curtain side airbags that cover all three seating rows and are programmed to activate in the event of a rollover. When the cavalry does arrive, though, it comes in force. Aspen Hybrid in the Market In a market hungry for higher-mileage anything, Chrysler should have no problem peddling Aspen Hybrids to the trailer-and-boat crowd. Few Aspens are likely to be called upon to venture off-road, but for such situations there is an optional skid plate package that provides protection for the transfer case and fuel tank standard on J Package four-wheel-drive models. The Aspen Hybrid comes in a single, well-equipped Limited trim. Bought it to tow a travel trailer.