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2008 Chrysler Aspen Overview
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Following its introduction in 2007, the Chrysler Aspen SUV cruises into 2008 with a nod toward fuel efficiency, thanks to a choice of two engines. The Aspen's 5.7-liter Hemi 335 V8 engine comes equipped with a feature called the Multiple-Displacement System, which automatically shifts from eight-cylinder operation to four cylinders when full power is not required, such as when cruising at highway speeds, and shifts back to eight cylinders when needed. This helps conserve fuel while providing optimal power in all driving situations. When kicking on all eight cylinders, the Hemi V8 produces 335 horsepower, which ably moves the luxury-oriented SUV.
The 2008 Aspen can also be equipped with a 303-horsepower, 4.7-liter V8 "flex-fuel" engine, which means the engine can run on E85 fuel (a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline). E85 not only emits less carbon dioxide than standard gasoline, but also has a higher octane rating than gasoline. Some drivers note, however, that the 303-horsepower engine can strain at times when moving the Aspen under hard acceleration.
The Aspen's exterior and interior design change little for 2008. Although it borrowed many of its components from the Dodge Durango, including its platform and suspension, the Aspen goes for a more upscale feel, with such standard features as a wood-grain instrument panel and interior trim, low-back bucket front seats, remote keyless entry, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and an AM/FM/CD audio system with Alpine speakers, an MP3 input jack, and Sirius satellite radio.
The Aspen can seat up to eight passengers in its roomy cabin, which can be easily reconfigured for cargo thanks to 40/20/40-split fold-and-tumble second-row seats and 60/40 split folding third-row seats. As far as the Aspen's design is concerned, drivers note that while its lines are fairly clean and simple, it doesn't have the design flair that distinguishes some of Chrysler's other vehicles.
While drivers and reviewers note that the Aspen's handling and stability are adequate, some point out that the SUV suffers from body sway in the corners, while others note that the Aspen can feel floaty and even a bit sloppy on twisty roads. Braking is not as precise as it should be for an SUV this size, according to some, and many note that the Aspen suffers in overall braking and handling when compared to other vehicles in its class. The Aspen does come equipped with antilock brakes and an Electronic Stability System, which helps drivers maintain control of the vehicle in emergency situations.
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