The Aspen is back to defend its crown as the premium sports utility vehicle. The 2009 Chrysler Aspen model remains almost unchanged on the outside, but its internals have been rearranged to make room for a hybrid drive and battery packs. When combined with Dodges 5.7 litre hemi V8, which produces 345 hp, the 2009 Chrysler ESV becomes a formidable force for change, but don’t expect too much change for your $50,000 if you want the best it can give. These things don’t come cheap.
Safety and comfort is a priority for Aspen drivers and the ESV doesn’t disappoint. As well as the re-enforced bodywork and a raised ride height, the Aspen includes the usual suite of safety equipment; ABS, traction control, antiskid system, curtain side airbags, and front side airbags. On top of this is a collection of optional entertainment items, including a DVD based entertainment system.
The Aspen looks good, too. Though competing SUV’s might be more recognizable icons, the Aspens contemporary looks compliment it nicely, and hide it’s substantial frame nicely. The only criticism buyers might have is with the Aspens slightly cramped seating arrangement for passengers at the very rear of the vehicle.
Overall, the 2009 Chrysler Aspen gets high marks, which is surprising when one considers it’s relatively new pedigree. New SUV owners could do much worse than an Aspen, particularly if they are looking for as green an SUV as possible.