The 2009 Chrysler Aspen hybrid system, jointly developed with GM and BMW, is the big news this year. The Aspen is combined with a Hemi V8 exuding 345 hp/380 lb-ft of torque and estimated 25% fuel economy increase, resulting in 19 mpg city/20 mpg hwy. The Aspen is available in rear-wheel drive or 4WD. The standard engine is a 4.7L V8 good for 303 hp and 330 lb-feet of torque paired with a 5-speed automatic. Fuel economy is 14 mpg city/19 mpg hwy and 15 mpg combined for models with 2WD. Four-wheel-drive Aspens with this engine have a 13/17/15 mpg rating. Optional is a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 that produces 376 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque and a 5-speed automatic. Fuel economy is 13 city/19 hwy and 15 combined with 2WD and 13/18/15 with 4WD. The 8-passenger 2009 Chrysler Aspen SUV comes with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, trailer sway control and side curtain airbags.Read more Read less
There are two significant changes in the Chrysler Aspen line-up for 2009. The first is a 41-hp gain in the 5.7L Hemi V8 engine. The second is the availability of a 399-hp two-mode Hemi Hybrid, which incorporates a detuned version of the Hemi as well as a 40-hp. 300-v battery. Chrysler claims the unit improves fuel efficiency by almost 54% in the city and nearly 40% overall. It comes as an AWD model paired with a continuously variable transmission.
Spacious interior; seating for up to eight; impressive towing ability; competitive price; hybrid powertrain availability.
Chrysler's 2009 Aspen offers a unique pairing of serious truck towing ability and durability with interior comfort and luxury features that aren't usually available in this type of vehicle, such as optional heated second-row seats. Chrysler says the Aspen's towing capacity of 8,950 pounds is the best in its class, and the model also has best-in-class cargo space behind the second-row seats. Further, the new 5.7L Hemi Hybrid model is claimed by Chrysler to be the most fuel-efficient vehicle in its class. And while most truck-based SUVs have multiple trim levels with equipment from basic to posh, the Aspen only comes in one very well equipped model, with a simplified list of options to make it luxurious for a modest amount extra.