The all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen is a full-size SUV that's closely related to the Dodge Durango but with more of an emphasis on premium features and appointments.
Chrysler says that the Aspen can offer more interior room than other large-SUV models. With three rows of seating, the Aspen can accommodate up to eight, or the third row folds forward easily to expand the cargo area to a class-leading 68.4 cubic feet. The second row is available either with a 40/20/40-split folding bench seat or with separate bucket seats. Both have reclining seatbacks and can also fold flat.
The Aspen comes with a standard 4.7L V8 that makes 235 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. There's also an available 335-horsepower, 5.7L Hemi V8 engine, which makes 335 horsepower and 370 lb-ft of torque. This engine provides better fuel economy than the competition thanks to the multi-displacement system, which runs only four of the cylinders when less power is needed, transitioning quickly and seamlessly back and forth to V8 power. Both models have a five-speed automatic transmission.
Rear-wheel drive is standard on the Aspen, with a four-wheel drive system optional. On models with the 4.7L engine, the four-wheel drive system has a single-speed transfer case, while on 5.7L models it has separate four-wheel drive "high" and "low" modes. Both feature an all-wheel drive mode that sends 52 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels.
The Aspen can tow up to 8,950 pounds, and the transmission comes with a special tow/haul mode that holds gears longer and downshifts to preserve braking ability with heavy loads.
The Aspen includes a significant roster of standard safety features, such as ESP stability control, electronic roll mitigation, anti-lock brakes, and side-curtain air bags for all three rows. The ParkSense parking aid is standard on four-wheel drive models.
The Aspen is only offered in a single trim level, called Limited, which comes with most popular equipment standard, such as air conditioning with rear-seat settings, cruise control, keyless entry, a CD sound system with steering wheel-mounted controls, power adjustable pedals, and power windows, locks, and mirrors. A single, $3,800 package adds popular luxury appearance and convenience equipment including chrome wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, and heated seats, while other significant options include a DVD entertainment system, eight-speaker Infinity sound system with surround sound, and a power-operated liftgate.