And the Aspen's standard electronic stability control system incorporates a new and so far exclusive feature that controls the dreaded and eerily destabilizing trailer sway. The satin-finish metal accents and wood-like trim give the interior an elegant touch, as does the silver-ringed, old-fashioned style clock tucked into a recess in the top-center of the dash. An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death. Aspen is an attractive package with a competitive line of engines, including a 235-horsepower, flex-fuel V8 that runs on either regular gasoline or E85 a blend of 15 percent gasoline and 85 percent ethanol and a 335-hp, 5. Everyone who sees us and rides in it can't believe how attractive it is on the exterior and interior. Buckets are optional for the second row.
Interior Features On first impression, the interior looks classy in its material selection, presentation and packaging. Three rows of seats are standard, starting with front buckets, a second-row bench and a third-row bench. The tinted rear glass enhances the image on the rear-seat entertainment system's drop-down video screen, but limits the driver's view somewhat. Styling is pure Chrysler, with a traditional-but-subdued, egg-crate grille; mildly curvaceous bodylines vaguely reminiscent of the smaller, but genetically related Durango; and an attractively sculpted tailgate. For added capability, two optional 4x4 systems enable Chrysler Aspen to tackle a variety of driving conditions. A chrome-topped, overstated molding strip pulls double duty, breaking up the expanse of metal between the front and rear wheel wells while insulating the doors against parking lot dings. The up-level Aspen's 20-inch wheels with fatter tires stick better than the base model's taller tires and 18-inch wheels at the price of a slightly harsher, but no less bouncy ride.
Chrysler and Dodge owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. They were much easier to work with than the large dealerships whose shady salesman make buying from them one of the more miserable experiences life has to offer. InteriorOn first impression, the interior looks classy in its material selection, presentation and packaging. The glove box is adequate, but the undamped door can crack the shins of an unwary front passenger. And if it did, why recycle the old Aspen name, which once adorned millions of shabbily built Dodge Aspen mid-size cars? There is some interesting drivetrain technology in the Aspen repertoire but, unfortunately for us, not for buyers of the base-engined model in California or Maine, Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont , where emissions standards more stringent than federal requirements cannot be met.
Power and Associates and is protected by U. I've had people ask me in parking lots if it is a Caddilac. Seating capacity is seven or eight, depending on configuration, and four-wheel drive is available. For example, that the steering wheel, a luxurious-looking combination of woodgrain and leather, comes standard with a tilt adjustment is appreciated. The medallion-and-wing treatment from the grille repeats above the stylized license plate recess. Buyers can choose between rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive with either engine. I purchased my Aspen in July 2007 we have the light gold with tan leather interior.
Initially everything was great, went to test drive it, was approved for the car, did the paperwork and got to drive the car home. Around town the drive system goes unnoticed, providing relatively decent slow-speed agility. Mitsubishi owners may call 1-888-648-7820. We also wondered if the dashboard nav display would have included a rear-view camera--the Aspen has a relatively effective park assist system with a row of lights warning of objects in your path, but in a vehicle this size there's no substitute for actually seeing what's back there. Each row of seats gets at least two cup holders.
This isn't to bad mouth the Aspen's styling, only to recognize the difficulty in finding a new, fresh presentation of a look that's been around for, well, more than half a century. Chrysler has not determined a date for notifying the remaining owners of vehicles included in this national recall campaign. Owners of those vehiicles were notified earlier in December 2014. The radio display doesn't name the Sirius channels the car can receive, making selection tedious. Aspen accommodates six, seven or eight passengers, depending on seat configuration. I was very impressed with the sales manager, Natalie, and after driving the car I told her I had one more vehicle to check out at another dealer. The front doors have fixed, hard plastic map pockets.
Mitsubishi owners may call 1-888-648-7820. This system senses trailer sway and employs the electronic stability control to apply tiny amounts of brake pressure selectively to individual wheels and to reduce engine torque to counter trailer-induced yaw. Beyond our niggles over colors and textures, the cabin's real letdown was in the tech department. This is probably a good idea in the Aspen, as its high-speed stability was not confidence-inspiring, and it is easy to imagine how an emergency swerve or a squirrelly trailer could get dangerous without the nannies ready to step in. Dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. Dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. Cubby storage is about par for the class.
The romminess allows me to take up to 6 other passengers it seats 7 which are usually kids, to our destination and combined with the smooth ride, we never get complaints. Both use truck chassis and engineering. Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. Available steering wheel-mounted controls keep hands on the wheel and eyes on the road while adjusting audio settings. Buyers can choose between rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive with either engine. Hiproom and foot room in the third row is relatively tight, however, especially in the center position, the automotive equivalent to the center seat in the back of a plane. The medallion-and-wing treatment from the grille repeats above the stylized license plate recess.
I settled on a different option, but I will keep them in mind when searching for a car in the future. A dashboard knob locks the differential for dealing with serious low-traction conditions. All-wheel drive is available with either engine, though only the Hemi gets two-speed transfer case. The up-level Aspen's 20-inch wheels with fatter tires stick better than the base model's taller tires and 18-inch wheels at the price of a slightly harsher, but no less bouncy ride. The requisite leather trim that's standard on the up-level Aspen is optional on the base model.
The low roofline limits visibility from the inside. The standard stereo does include an auxiliary input jack, easily accessible on the faceplate, for hooking up an iPod. The bad: Uninspiring materials and mediocre standard tech features let down the interior, and the exterior styling draws looks of the wrong kind. Sharing the Durango's plus-sized interior dimensions, the Aspen has enough space for standard, three-person second- and third-row seats for maximum head count of eight seven with the optional second-row bucket seat configuration. Room is one thing the Aspen offers in spades, and with all three rows available for passengers, it can seat eight easily if they're not all adults. Power and Associates is proprietary information owned by J. The engine choices each offer an interesting tech tidbit.