Although the 2009 Chrysler Aspen comes with a solid array of standard safety features, they're not enough to completely compensate for its top-heavy nature. The lack of complete crash-test data further muddies the picture, although research conducted by TheCarConnection.com fails to turn up any major safety flaws.
Crash-test results are where most consumers turn first when researching a vehicle's safety attributes, but prospective buyers will be disappointed to find that the crash-test profile is incomplete for the Aspen Chrysler and 2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid. NHTSA has not conducted any side-impact tests on the 2009 Chrysler Aspen, but in frontal impact tests, this 2009 Chrysler earned a perfect five-star rating. In rollover resistance, NHTSA awarded this 2009 Chrysler four out of five stars for the 4WD version, though the 2WD variant scored a mediocre three stars. The IIHS has not yet tested this 2009 Chrysler SUV.
If the crash-test ratings don't inspire confidence, then consumers can look to the Aspen Chrysler's safety features for comfort. J.D. Power reports that "standard safety features on the 2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid include dual-stage front airbags; head-protecting curtain side air bags that cover all three seating rows and have rollover sensors; [and a] tire-pressure monitor." Cars.com adds that the standard 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." Reviewers at Edmunds list the optional safety equipment as "power-adjustable pedals and ParkSense rear parking sensors."
One downside to most SUVs is that they offer poor driver visibility, and the 2009 Chrysler lineup of Aspen SUVs is no exception. ConsumerGuide says that the "thick front roof pillars obstruct view around corners," while Kelley Blue Book reports that "rearward visibility to the sides is hindered by wide C- and D-pillars." On the positive side, ConsumerGuide observes that visibility is "aided by large outside mirrors."