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STYLING | 6 out of 10
premium features and an upscale appearance
face comes off as conservative
Kelley Blue Book
upscale version of Dodge's Durango
carries distinctive Chrysler styling cues
Most reviewers agree that the 2008 Chrysler Aspen is indeed more stylish and boasts more creature comforts than its counterpart, the Dodge Durango--but it runs up against some tough competition, and in many ways falls short in the styling department.
"Chrysler designed it to appeal to consumers interested in premium features and an upscale appearance," Edmunds notes, and "in most respects, the Aspen delivers." Cars.com says this 2008 Chrysler SUV "is an upscale version of Dodge's Durango," and thus competes with the GMC Yukon and Ford Expedition. According to Kelley Blue Book, "the face comes off as conservative -- which isn't necessarily a bad thing." Most truck-based SUVs in its class appear "boxy," but buyers can opt to boost this 2008 Chrysler's curb appeal by adding 20-inch, 10-spoke wheels and running boards. "The Aspen carries distinctive Chrysler styling cues," reports ForbesAutos, which also notes that the Aspen "has a large chrome grille up front, like the Chrysler 300 sedan, and a sculpted hood, like the Chrysler Crossfire roadster."
Most reviewers agree with TheCarConnection.com that inside the cabin is where the 2008 Chrysler Aspen shines. "Similar to the Durango's, the Aspen's dashboard gains plenty of wood-like trim...cloth upholstery can be upgraded to two-tone leather or a leather and suede combination," reveals Cars.com. According to ForbesAutos, "The Chrysler Aspen's spacious cabin strives to be luxurious with faux, light-colored wood trim, LED lighting, white-faced instrumentation." Car and Driver reports that "visual flair comes from two-tone leather treatments on the steering wheel and seats."
Chrysler aficionados will appreciate the 2008 Chrysler Aspen's familiar styling, while others will view it as an upgraded Durango.