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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Five stars, frontal-impact; four stars, rollover resistance (4WD)
No test data
Electronic Stability Program...helps maintain control
The 2008 Chrysler Aspen offers some excellent standard safety features, but top-heaviness and missing crash data means it gets a lower score from TheCarConnection.com.
Where the 2008 Chrysler Aspen falls short is in terms of rollover protection; although the 4WD version of this 2008 Chrysler gets four stars in NHTSA rollover tests, the 2WD model only rated three. The vehicle does get five stars for front-impact protection, but there are no government side impact crash-test results for the Aspen. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not tested the Aspen 2008 at all as of this writing.
Cars.com reports "standard safety equipment includes an electronic stability system with rollover mitigation technology, which can apply brakes in short bursts to avert impending rollovers," along with "four-wheel-disc, antilock brakes and side curtain airbags that cover all three rows of seats." ForbesAutos says 2008 Chrysler "Electronic Stability Program uses throttle and braking intervention to help the driver maintain control under a wide range of conditions and handling situations," and "includes three selectable modes that afford progressively less intervention."
Edmunds details optional safety equipment consisting of "power-adjustable pedals and ParkSense rear parking sensors."
ConsumerGuide is the only source normally consulted by our experts that consistently reports on visibility issues: their test drivers note that "thick front roof pillars obstruct view around corners," but overall, the Aspen offers "good rear visibility, aided by large outside mirrors."
The 2008 Chrysler Aspen has yet to be thoroughly crash-tested, but it has many safety features to protect you and your family.