2004 Chrysler Crossfire

  • 2004 Chrysler Crossfire Base Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      25
    • SEATS
      2
    • HP/TORQUE
      215/229
    • ENGINE
      3.2L V6
    • MSRP
      $33,620
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2004 Chrysler Crossfire Review

A cross between Mercedes’ heritage and Chrysler’s styling.

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Overview

The 2004 Chrysler Crossfire marks one of the few examples of a concept car actually making it to the production line. Between Chrysler and Mercedes, this coupe incorporates plenty of history and attention to detail. Offered in only one trim level, the Crossfire makes a great car choice for any driver looking for high performance, style, and a fun drive from a two-seat coupe.

The Range

Body Styles: two-door hatchback coupe
Engines: 3.2-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Chrysler Crossfire

What's New

For 2004, Chrysler offers the Crossfire as a brand-new model. The Crossfire marks the first of its kind in terms of the collaborative efforts of Chrysler and Mercedes. They create this sport coupe to compete with noted brands such as Audi and Infiniti.

Exterior

When it comes to the 2004 Chrysler Crossfire, the most distinctive feature remains the character lines that run from the front to the rear of the car and give the coupe its name. This couple looks impressive from the outside to say the least. Six speed lines decorate the hood of the Crossfire and look impressive. The front end of the brand-new Crossfire looks distinctive as well. The grille appears slightly pointed and features the company badge on the front and center. The Crossfire comes in a variety of colors, including Alabaster Clearcoat, Graphite Metallic Clearcoat, and Blaze Red Crystal Pearlcoat.

Interior

While some materials used in the cabin fall short of high quality, overall drivers don’t find much to complain about. The real value of the Crossfire comes with the exterior appearance and impressive powertrain. Even with that said the interior feels spacious and offers plenty of headroom. Note that many experience difficulty climbing into and out of the Crossfire. This results from the low entry for the doors. Inside, occupants find standard high-backed, leather bucket seats. The exterior design of the 2004 Chrysler Crossfire makes it a bit difficult to see out of the back windows. The cockpit features two-tone color and has metallic trim all over the interior. Surprisingly, this high-performance coupe remains pretty quiet on the inside. The driver and passenger hear little noise from the engine or the road. The audio system can be a challenge to use with its unlabeled buttons and controls. Also don’t expect a lot of cargo space. The trunk has enough space for a few bags at the most.

Performance & Handling

Since the 2004 Chrysler Crossfire only comes in one trim level, the only powertrain choice remains the 3.2-liter V-6 coupled with either a six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic. The engine supplies 215 hp and 229 lb-ft of torque. While the Crossfire moves quickly, it isn’t the fastest two-seat coupe available. The power delivery feels smooth and efficient. Crisp handling results from the oversized tires and stiff, solid body structure. Even demanding drivers can expect good times behind the wheel of the Crossfire.

Safety

Safety features mark an important part of any car. The 2004 Chrysler Crossfire comes equipped with some of the most advanced safety equipment available. This coupe offers four-wheel anti-lock brakes with Chrysler’s BrakeAssist. It also has traction and stability controls as well as side airbags for additional personal safety. The Crossfire also comes equipped with a tire-pressure monitoring system and front integrated headrests. These headrests offer additional protection for the driver’s and passengers’ heads and necks. An engine immobilizer also provides standard equipment. Electronic brake force distribution proves useful as well.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chrysler Crossfire: 15/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Amazing handling dynamics
  • Lots of standard features
  • Quiet interior
  • Very sexy, stylish exterior

You Won't Like

  • Less precise steering than competitors
  • Could use more low-end torque
  • Lacks some intuitive controls
  • Cheap interior materials

Sum Up

A cross between Mercedes’ heritage and Chrysler’s styling.

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