2006 Chrysler Crossfire

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2006 Chrysler Crossfire Review

A compromise between sporty dynamics, highway comfort, and unique style.

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Overview

With its American styling and German engineering, DaimlerChrysler has given a prime example of perfection with the 2006 Chrysler Crossfire. The distinctive exterior style that symbolizes Chrysler’s innovation, coupled with the considerable hardware coming from the SLK roadster of Mercedes-Benz, make the Crossfire an impeccable combination of both style and class. The eye-catching appearance of the luxury coupe or convertible also attracts plenty of attention, even when the car sits still.

Even though the Crossfire has been on the market since 2004, the exterior design continues to look as fresh as its first introduction as a concept car. The performance and driving dynamics, however, only half-match the exquisite styling of this classy coupe. The crossfire’s imprecise steering and lacking low-end torque causes demanding drivers a bit of frustration. The smooth and quiet ride completely makes up for any small disappointment in driving dynamics. The 2006 Chrysler Crossfire provides the perfect choice for a nice highway drive on a quaint vacation for two. The storage capacity measures only about 6.5 cubic feet and the luggage for two would fit nicely.

The fast-paced Crossfire SRT-6 pleases most drivers who want to feel the power. The supercharged V-6 generates 330 horsepower and can get up to a speed of 60 mph in about five seconds, which provides part of the excitement of driving the sport-tuned automobile. No matter if drivers use the Crossfire for leisurely driving or more serious feats, the 2006 Chrysler Crossfire definitely turns heads when it comes to the body appearance.

The Range

Body Styles: Coupe, Convertible
Engines: 3.2-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic, five-speed manual, six-speed manual
Models: Crossfire Base, Crossfire Limited, Crossfire SRT-6

What's New

Changes for 2006 enhance the styling of the unique exterior and add Inferno Red paint that comes in Special Edition packages for the 2006 Cadillac Crossfire.

Exterior

The exterior of the 2006 Crossfire has been even further enhanced with the addition of an optional body color, Inferno Red. The convertible or coupe body styles both seat two and offer three separate trim levels of base, Limited, and SRT-6. The base and Limited level feature 18-inch alloy wheels, and the SRT-6 adds 19-inch wheels in the rear. Every model comes with intermittent wipers, a rear defogger, and a power convertible top with a glass defroster.

Interior

The 2006 Chrysler Crossfire offers an accommodating interior for two adults. Getting into the convertible or coupe can be a bit tricky though because of the lower roof on the roadster. The two-tone cockpit of the Limited looks handsome, featuring leather seats that have heaters and power adjust for the driver’s comfort. A CD, four-speaker stereo, manual air-conditioning, full power accessories, and cloth upholstery also come standard on the base model. The Limited models get an Infinity 240-watt stereo system and tire-pressure monitoring.

Performance & Handling

The base Crossfire models contain a 3.2-liter, V-6 engine that produces 215 horsepower with 229 lb-ft of torque, while the SRT-6’s supercharged V-6 generates 330 hp with 310 lb-ft of torque. Base models of coupes only come equipped with a manual six-speed transmission, whereas the other models can make a choice between a manual and an automatic five-speed. The Crossfire SRT-6 comes strictly with a sport-oriented automatic five-speed transmission with the capability for manual shifting.

With a very swift ride, the Crossfire accelerates to a speed of 60 mph in about six seconds and cruises the highway in near silence. The handling proves sufficient for the roadster, and the SRT-6 packs a bit more thrill and power when under full throttle.

Safety

Standard safety equipment on the 2006 Crossfire includes brake assist, stability and traction control, child seat anchors, front head airbags, anti-lock brakes, and side airbags to protect the heads and torsos of passengers. On the SRT-6 and Limited models, a monitor for tire-pressure comes standard. The safety crash testing that has been completed on the Crossfire ranges between four and five stars on various crash tests.

EPA Fuel Economy

Crossfire Base: 15/23 mpg city/highway
Crossfire Limited: 15/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Sexy and sleek styling
  • Strong acceleration on SRT-6
  • Quiet ride in coupe
  • Cabin comfort
  • Tight handling

You Won't Like

  • Small stereo buttons
  • Cheap feel to interior surfaces
  • Harsh ride in the SRT-6
  • Imprecise steering
  • Less low-end torque

Sum Up

A compromise between sporty dynamics, highway comfort, and unique style.

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