The Chrysler Aspen sits on the same platform as the Dodge Durango, and employs Chrysler's new design language.
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A knob set to the lower right of the steering wheel lets the driver easily take the Aspen from all-wheel drive to differential lock mode.
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UConnect buttons are mounted in the mirror frame for Bluetooth phone connectivity.
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The radio display was particularly disappointing, only showing the number, and not the name, of Sirius satellite radio channels.
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We think the hood strakes and the wing emblem over the grille look out of place on the Aspen.
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Chrysler tries to dress up the interior of the Aspen for a luxury play, but the wood insets and other materials didn't impress us.
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Chrysler's first SUV comes well after the heyday of this type of vehicle, and seems mostly offered to respond to a need for a car with three rows of seating.
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The Aspen has typical SUV rear visibility, but fortunately there is a rear parking sensor.
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The power cargo door is convenient, and expected in a vehicle of this size.
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The interior space is flexible, and features second- and third-row seats that can be partially or fully folded down.
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One nice touch is the LED reading lights, which provide a narrow cone of light that doesn't disturb the driver.
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Our test car came pretty stripped down, lacking navigation or a six-disc CD changer.
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The Alpine stereo system sounded very good. We were pleased with its acoustic separation.
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An auxiliary input for the stereo is conveniently placed on the faceplate, making it easy to hook up an MP3 player.
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Even for a big SUV, the Aspen does not handle well. It's suspension is soft, probably dialed in for comfort rather than performance.
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The Aspen's gauges have a nice look to them, contributing more than most other elements of the interior to the luxury feel.
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Our Aspen came with a 4.7-liter V8. Surprisingly, the available Hemi 5.7-liter V8 gets better gas mileage, due to technology that lets it shut down half its cylinders while cruising.
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