The 2008 Chrysler Aspen is a welcomed option in a market that is currently being overrun by crossovers and mid-sized SUVs. The Aspen is a full-sized SUV that gives the extra space needed when carting around the family, towing your boat, or trying to get all of the supplies for your home re-modeling project in one trip. Gas prices are back down again so the idea of purchasing a vehicle that doesn’t get 20 mpg to a gallon doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. Starting at a base price of $35,780, the optional features that give the Aspen a luxurious feel like the second row heated bucket seats, a functional third row, a preferred package with 20-inch rims, back-up camera, leather seats, and sunroof, don’t make the price skyrocket. The price for all of those goodies and the optional 5.7 L Hemi V8 remained reasonable at $43,890
We tested the optional 5.7 L Hemi V8 engine that produces 335 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 370 lb-ft of torque at 4,200 rpm, though the standard 4.7L engine, producing around 300 horsepower, would be enough for most drivers. Like most large SUVs, the fuel economy may not seem fantastic with a range of 13 mpg city and 18 mpg highway, but when you factor in the 9,000 pound towing capacity, size of the SUV, and Hemi engine, the mileage isn’t too bad. But, if you’re curious to how this beast handles or you don’t believe that a third row could actually be comfortable, you’ll have to watch our car review video of the 2008 Aspen.