In the cities average fuel mileage hovered around 18. It sounded very good, too — clear, high-definition sound with good strong bass, not muddied as in some subwoofer-equipped cars, and not excessively bassy. But awkward styling, mediocre performance, and unpleasant driving characteristics likely doomed it among Lexus buyers looking for smooth, quiet, effortless luxury in reliable packages. When the Aspen is old, that can be very helpful in diagnosis - or keeping mechanics honest. When going downhill, the Aspen generated power for its batteries, causing more drag than an automatic transmission would. Over a workweek of driving, the mileage display said my urban trips returned anywhere between 15 and 20 mpg. The engine shuts off whenever the vehicle comes to rest and it uses regenerative braking to keep the main 300- nickel-metal hydride battery charged.
Safety The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not yet crash tested the Aspen. The more powerful 40-kW 55-hp electric motor can now move the car purely under electric power at low speeds, and rather than a V-8, it's paired to a twin-turbo six-cylinder engine. Battery damaged by allowing car to sit unused for over 30 days. But the mild-hybrid system didn't let the Accord Hybrid travel only on electric power, so that piece of the hybrid experience was lost. Falcon Hybrid Solutions warranties its hybrid drive batteries to be free of defects in workmanship and materials when used as directed.
On a stop-and-go drive on side roads from Boston to Portland, Maine, the Aspen Hybrid eked out about 20 mpg, then stretched to a 21-mpg indicated average returning via Interstate. In one town he was able to cruise more than a mile in electric mode. The powertrain electronics continuously sort out in real time which mode to operate in to maximize economy. In short, if you don't start doing sports-car stunts, the Aspen will probably please you with its cornering. The middle row also has its own stereo speakers for high fidelity - both woofer and tweeters, so stereo is separated well. This battery is also suitable for the Tahoe, Yukon, and Durango Hybrids. The Aspen's truck-based underpinnings are closely related to those of the Dodge Durango.
Chrysler claims the unit improves fuel efficiency by almost 54% in the city and nearly 40% overall. Under certain circumstances, we may be able to ship out a replacement in advance of receiving the faulty battery. Altogether, fewer than 1,000 Dodge Durango Hybrids--including its upmarket twin, the Chrysler Aspen Hybrid--were built. How it Drives Like its full-hybrid peers, the Aspen Hybrid can accelerate up to 25 mph or so in electric-only mode. Regenerative braking serves to charge the battery and slow the vehicle under most braking situations, while the actual disc brakes pitch in when stronger braking is needed. To be fair, despite the hopes of some within Chrysler who thought that more power would be a selling point , few horsepower freaks seem to want to even think about hybrids, except to dash off some sarcastic slanders of Prius owners.
For overall ride quality, my money would go to the Tahoe and Yukon. The four-wheel-drive Highlander and Escape hybrids fare much better — 26 and 28 mpg overall, respectively — but both are smaller, and neither one comes close to towing this much. Be sure to remove the old label. Attach the same system to a V6, and you'd always need to run on six cylinders while the gas engine was running; which means that, under light throttle, you'd actually be using more gas. Shoulder room is good in all three rows though the middle row, when three people are in it, may be a bit tight.
On the first half of the drive, the big Aspen was driven without an eye for economy whatsoever. However, the Chrysler utes benefit from being smaller and starting out more than 500 pounds lighter. That's a pretty big difference. Anything over 50ma is too much draw. Its gas mileage, at a combined 25 mpg, was about 20 percent better than the non-hybrid V-6 model's 21 mpg. There is a procedure for finding a battery draw like that. In terms of compromises, there are none.
Store Policies Return Policy Customers returning a battery because of a mistake order or changing their mind will be subject to a 25% restocking fee. This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may have other rights varying from state to state. In its place is a unique gauge with zones for battery charging, economic driving and stronger acceleration. Terms and Conditions See our complete Terms and Conditions page here. Well, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid is around the same price — pricier if equipped with all the same goodies, a bit less overall — and with just a little less interior space, but the ability to get 33 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway.
The reason is simple — the main battery is housed under the middle row seat and so it consumes what was redundant space. Aspen Limitations Physical differences between the hybrid and non-hybrid are few. When it comes to your Chrysler Aspen, you want parts and products from only trusted brands. Chrysler's 2009 Aspen offers a unique pairing of serious truck towing ability and durability with interior comfort and luxury features that aren't usually available in this type of vehicle, such as optional heated second-row seats. Regardless, if you were looking at the Expedition, Tahoe, Explorer, or even the Escalade, the Chrysler Aspen could be a more satisfying drive, and the hybrid powertrain adds that little bit of fun gadgetry — and just enough extra gas mileage to make it practical. Okay, make that the updated-for-2009 Hemi, with variable cam timing and improved airflow, as well as cylinder deactivation. Warranty Period Warranty periods range from 30-Days to 36 months.