How Much Do You Know About The Chrysler Sebring?
If I had the car, I’m pretty positive that I’d know more about it than you - from the Sebring Hubcaps to the engine that it has! The car was probably one of those few vehicles that were reasonably priced for being both a sedan and a convertible. Since Chrysler wanted to make the car more appealing to consumers - both young and old - they offered a “fun-in-the-sun” coupe with OEM Chrysler Sebring Center Caps and a regular coupe model for those that didn’t like the sun (just kidding).
In the end, the car was almost always outclassed by its competition in terms of both refinement and performance. When it was released in 2011, it did however, receive a huge update - it even had a name change. The Sebring is now called “Chrysler 200”.
The third generation Sebring (which is the more recent one), was first introduced as a sedan in 2007 and then a convertible in 2008. The production closed in 2010. After that, that’s when Chrysler had made major updates and then released the Chrysler 200 with Factory Chrysler Center Caps on it.
Both of the Chrysler models (Sebring & Chrysler 200) were available in different trims: LX, Touring and Limited; the convertible models were available with either a traditional soft-top design or a retractable hardtop. The base models had started out pretty well-equipped: it came with full power accessories, the whole side-impact and full-length head curtain airbags, a convenient tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, the powerful six-CD changer and, on the convertible, a power vinyl top (the whole cloth was optional). Touring models were the ones that came with the 17” OE Alloy Wheels and offered drivers more options than the base model. The Limited model was the fancy one: leather seats, automatic climate control, and an incredible audio system.
I think we both know which one we’d go for if we had the money for it.
There was a standard 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine rated for 173 horsepower on mostly all Sebring models and a four speed automatic transmission included that was used to power the front wheels. Before 2010, all-wheel drive was also available to drivers that had a 3.5-liter V6 .. even though their whole fuel economy suffered horribly.
In different reviews from different critics and different drivers, people found that the third-generation Sebring sedan was one of the worst cars in the midsize segment - I mean, the car got as bad as it can get. It ranked below average in most respects. The whole ride quality that it offered was considered to be “comfortable enough” and the braking/handling were below average. I would completely understand if people were frightened when they drove the car.
The base model four-cylinder Sebring was actually pretty well built: it had the best fuel economy and was reasonably powerful .. but it was “unprepared” - for a lack of better words. The cabin design was well-designed, but the materials that were used to make it was poor for the price that it was sold at. All of these problems not only apply to the sedan, but it also applied to both the convertible and the coupe.
I mean, it sounds like the car and the Chrysler Sebring Hubcaps had the best intentions to sell to those who were really interested in the vehicle, but it just didn’t live up to the expectation like it was supposed to. Sorry!