Chrysler Aspen Hybrid

Chrysler Aspen Hybrid

Fuel Economy: 20 / 22 mpg

Base Price (MSRP):$ 45,570

Technology: Hybrid

Body Style: SUV

Chrysler Aspen Hybrid Review

The 2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid is a 4WD SUV that seats 7 or 8 passengers, depending upon the interior configuration. The Chrysler Aspen HEV offers an EPA fuel economy rating of 20 in the city, 22 on the highway and a combined average fuel economy of 21, giving it the highest fuel economy rating of any Chrysler SUV. According to EPA testing, the Chysler Aspen HEV emits 8.7 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere annually.

Chrysler has terminated production of the Aspen hybrid as part of an accelerated plant closing. This doesn't leave Chrysler out of the hybrid game altogether; the Aspen hybrids were in production for two months before the plant closing was announced. Sales of the hybrid vehicles have been slow. Overall, the company has sold just 83 of the vehicles, which just recently hit dealer showrooms.

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The vehicles share a hybrid power train that was jointly developed by GM, BMW and Chrysler. The Chrysler implementation gives similar performance to that of the larger GM hybrid SUVs. The Chysler Aspen HEV is powered by a 5.7L, 8-cylinder gasoline engine and features a 399-hp two-mode hybrid drive. The vehicles offer a combined gas-electric range of up to 565 miles between fill-ups. While the engine is slightly smaller than the 6L used in the GM vehicles, the system can operate in all-electric, gasoline-only, and combined gas-electric modes to provide optimal fuel economy in a variety of driving conditions. Chrysler is expected to re-enter the hybrid vehicle market in 2010. The company is also developing a number of dual-mode hybrids and all-electric vehicles that will enter production in the coming model years.

The Chrysler Aspen hybrids offer an optional rearview camera with a center-console view screen, hybrid-specific gauges to help drivers optimize fuel economy, electronic stability control, dual-stage front seat airbags, side-impact airbags, laminated window glass, front-and rear crumple zones, an eight-way power driver seat, 40/20/40 second row seats and 60/40 third row seats, a power lift gate, optional remote start and LED lighting.

The 2009 Chysler Aspen has an MSRP sticker price starting at $45,570 and is available at dealerships now in limited quantities.