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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
cabin shares [the Durango's] strengths and weaknesses
Aspen doesn't have a bad seat in the house
Kelley Blue Book
Ample headroom and legroom
Most reviewers agree that the 2008 Chrysler Aspen's first two rows are comfortable and offer decent legroom, but the third row is notably cramped.
"The Aspen seats seven occupants in three rows, although an available third-row bench seat bumps capacity to eight," says Cars.com. While most reviews read by TheCarConnection.com report that the front seats of this 2008 Chrysler have more than ample legroom, passengers riding in the second and third rows don't have it as good. ConsumerGuide acknowledges that at best, the "3rd row...can accommodate adults for short trips." Kelley Blue Book disagrees, saying that the "Aspen doesn't have a bad seat in the house. If your passengers complain, it will be about your driving, not their accommodations." Edmunds appreciates the fact that "moving about the [this 2008 Chrysler] cabin doesn't demand the nimbleness of a gymnast," but even with captain's chairs for the second row, "the seats are fixed in place so legroom's still tight."
Edmunds reports that Aspen Chrysler's "maximum cargo capacity is impressive at over 102 cubic feet with all rear seats folded." According to Cars.com, this is "a bit less than the Ford Expedition and Chevy Tahoe, which both have around 110 cubic feet." ConsumerGuide notes "that the automatic liftgate lacks a tailgate button for power close," but also details "plenty of in-cabin storage, including a deep center console and large, useful console tray."
Edmunds points out that "ergonomics...are first-rate," but although "quality of materials is a bit improved over the Dodge," it "still lags behind the class leaders." This view is shared by ConsumerGuide, which praises the 2008 Chrysler Aspen's cabin materials for being "notably upmarket" when compared to the Dodge Durango, but adds that it "trails those of premium rivals from Acura and Cadillac." Nonetheless, 2008 Chrysler "LED lighting, white-faced instrumentation, and an analog clock atop the dashboard's center stack" lend a touch of luxury, reports ForbesAutos, and there's even a health benefit: "standard cloth seats are covered in a dirt-repellent and anti-microbial textile."
ConsumerGuide contends that "road noise is decently muted, but certain surfaces can induce audible tire roar," while "highway-speed wind rush is evident from the outside mirrors."
The 2008 Chrysler Aspen is comfortable, and the quality is a step above the Durango.