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2005 Chrysler Crossfire Review

One of the first Chrysler products to be infused with Mercedes-Benz underpinnings.

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The 2005 Chrysler Crossfire is the first true Mercedes-Chrysler collaborative effort. Introduced as a concept car at the 2001 North American International Auto Show, it entered production in 2002. Based on its Mercedes cousin, the SLK roadster, it is distinguished by a character line that runs along the sides from front to rear. As it moves through the rear fender, the line crosses to a negative formation, giving the Crossfire its name. Another distinctive feature is the center spine line that cuts through both the interior and exterior. Chrysler addresses complaints about the high price by producing a reduced-feature base model. The base model of 2004 then becomes 2005’s Limited model. It is available as a coupe or a roadster with a standard cloth or optional hard top.

The Range

Body styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 3.2-liter V-6, supercharged 3.2-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed manual, five-speed automatic with AutoStick
Models: Chrysler Crossfire, Chrysler Crossfire Limited, Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6

What's New

The new high-performance Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 is available in both coupe and convertible models. A more affordable base model joins the lineup for 2005, as well as a convertible roadster model.


The 2005 Chrysler Crossfire features a distinctive rear hatch shape, curved fenders, and a subtly bubbled roof reminiscent of collectible classic cars. At the front, quad headlamps and a large grille make this unmistakably a Chrysler. The horizontal bars on the grille are similar to the 300C and Pacifica. Flared rear fenders with a chopped-off rear end look sporty and classic at the same time. Although some features, such as the strakes on the hood and non-functional vents behind the front wheels, have drawn criticism, it has a distinctive look and plenty of character. The roadster is slightly more traditional looking than the coupe. With the top down, the body-color panel behind the rear seats imitates the look of classic sports cars with humps behind each seat. The base model comes in only one exterior color, all black, and is the most affordable in the Crossfire lineup. Standard features include a rear spoiler, front 18-inch and rear 19-inch alloy wheels, intermittent wipers, a power roof in convertible models, a rear defogger, remote power door locks, and power windows and mirrors. The Limited trim offers a choice of six exterior colors and adds front fog lights, auto delay off headlamps, and a host of interior options. Upgrades on the SRT-6 mainly involve engine capacity and interior features.


The 2005 Chrysler Crossfire offers a quiet, comfortable cabin. The low roof, which curves down to meet the side windows, can make entry and exit a little tricky, but once inside, occupants enjoy plenty of head room thanks to the roof’s domed shape. The two-tone cockpit is accented with metallic trim. As with most sporty two-seaters, cargo space is limited. Base models come with such amenities as dual-zone air-conditioning, a four-speaker CD stereo, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and power windows, mirrors, and locks. Limited models add an eight-speaker Infinity sound system, power-adjustable heated leather seats, and extra sound insulation. SRT-6 models feature leather and suede upholstery, interior air filtration, and alloy trim on the shift knob.

Performance & Handling

A 3.2-liter, V-6 engine powers the base and Limited models of the 2005 Chrysler Crossfire. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and sends the engine’s 215 horsepower and 229 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. A supercharger adds a whopping 115 hp and 80 lb-ft of torque in the SRT-6 models. SRT-6s also come with a five-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift capability. It accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. The rear limited-slip differential and front A-arm and rear multilink suspensions combine for sporty handling. The five-speed automatic transmission in the SRT-6 has an adaptive function that ""learns"" how drivers tend to operate by measuring how quickly they apply the accelerator in each gear. Chrysler calls its manual-shift capability AutoStick. With 11.8-inch vented front and 10.9-inch solid rear brake rotors and massive tires, it can stop like a sports car. A comprehensive stability and traction control system further boosts driver confidence. When the car reaches 60 mph, a rear spoiler pops up under the rear window.


In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests, the 2005 Chrysler Crossfire coupe receives five out of stars for driver protection and four stars for passenger protection in frontal-impact collisions. It also receives five stars for passenger protection in side-impact collision. The NHTSA rates its rollover resistance at five stars.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chrysler Crossfire, manual transmission: 15/23 mpg city/highway
Chrysler Crossfire, automatic transmission: 19/25 mpg city/highway
Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6: 15/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Sleek styling
  • Quiet interior
  • Excellent handling

You Won't Like

  • Some low-quality interior materials
  • Confusing controls
  • Not enough low-end torque

Sum Up

One of the first Chrysler products to be infused with Mercedes-Benz underpinnings.

If You Like This Vehicle

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