2008 Chrysler Crossfire

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2008 Chrysler Crossfire Review

A competent car with a distinctive style, but its outdated platform and steep price lessen its appeal.

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Overview

Introduced in 2004, the shapely Crossfire represents one of the first joint efforts between Mercedes-Benz and Chrysler. As such it offers an intriguing combination of American styling and German-sourced mechanical features. Unfortunately, those mechanical features are somewhat outdated. The 2008 Chrysler Crossfire keeps an anachronistic recirculating-ball design in its steering system, which gives the steering a sluggish feel, and the 215-horsepower V-6 lacks the power of more up-to-date cars in this class.

The two-passenger 2008 Chrysler Crossfire is available in either coupe or convertible form with a single Limited trim level. Standard equipment includes 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels, dual-zone manual air-conditioning, an eight-speaker and 240-watt stereo system, power-adjustable leather seats with heaters, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and full power accessories. The convertible has a power top with a glass rear window and defroster.

The Range

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

What's New

The base models have been dropped in both the coupe and the convertible for 2008, leaving a single Limited trim for both. A tire pressure monitoring system is newly standard. 2008 is the last model year for the Chrysler Crossfire.

Exterior

The coupe and convertible versions of the 2008 Chrysler Crossfire each have its own distinct style. The coupe has a classic, flowing shape with a unique boat-tail rear-end design, while the roadster has a soft-top convertible arrangement combined with special fairings and satin-silver-painted sport bars just behind the seats. The Crossfire's overall styling is a blend of edges and subtle curves. On the coupe, the dominant design feature is a center spine that runs the full length of the car. Chrysler’s signature winged badge stretches the width of the chrome grille, flanked by circular headlights. The wide rear fenders end in large, sculpted taillights and dual exhaust pipes. A retractable spoiler activates when the Crossfire reaches 60 mph.

Both body styles are available in a single Limited trim. Standard equipment includes high-speed, Z-rated performance tires on 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels, a tire pressure monitoring system, power-folding, heated mirrors, intermittent windshield wipers and rear defogger, front foglights, and auto-delay-off headlamps. Convertible models have a power retractable soft top with a glass sunroof.

Interior

The Chrysler Crossfire seats two in its cockpit. A metallic center console stretches from the top of the instrument panel through the center of the vehicle. The ignition switch is on the instrument panel, and the gauges are trimmed in chrome.

Standard amenities on the interior of the 2008 Crossfire include sound insulation, heated leather seats, power folding heated mirrors, and an Infinity Modulus six-speaker sound system. The cabin features satin silver accents, white-on-black gauges, and metallic finish for the center console. The headrests are embossed with the Chrysler badge. A navigation system is available as an optional add-on.

Performance & Handling

The 2008 Chrysler Crossfire is powered by a 3.2-liter V-6 engine. Customers have the choice of a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission with manual mode, which directs the engine’s 215-hp and 229 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. The rear-drive system includes a rear limited-slip differential. The manual-transmission Crossfire can go from zero to 60 mph in just under seven seconds.

Although its power rating is low, the Crossfire’s V-6 provides decent thrust at higher rpms, but it lacks torque at the low end and tops out at around 5000 rpm, giving it a narrow range of usable power. A stiff body structure, wide tires, and a sport-tuned suspension make the Chrysler capable of handling back roads and offer a fairly comfortable highway ride as well. Its seats are some of the most comfortable in the small roadster market.

Safety

The 2008 Chrysler Crossfire comes standard with anti-lock brakes with brake assist and traction control. Electronic stability control increases safety during emergency maneuvers or on slippery surfaces. Chrysler updated the Crossfire’s airbag system in 2007, so it now includes driver and passenger multi-stage airbags with occupant classification system, knee-bolster airbags, and door-mounted side airbags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the Crossfire a five-star rollover rating as well as five out of five stars for driver protection in side-impact crash tests.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chrysler Crossfire, manual: 15/23 mpg city/highway
Chrysler Crossfire, automatic: 19/25 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Distinctive handling
  • Competent ride and handling

You Won't Like

  • Vague steering
  • Outdated mechanics
  • Lackluster engine performance

Sum Up

A competent car with a distinctive style, but its outdated platform and steep price lessen its appeal.

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