The 1996 Chrysler Sebring was initially introduced in 1995 as a replacement for the aged Chrysler LeBaron in the midsize segment. It looks to keep the applause going by introducing the JX and JXi, which are convertible versions built from the Cirrus platform but titled as Sebrings.
Body Styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 2.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Chrysler Sebring LX, Chrysler Sebring LXi, Chrysler Sebring JX, Chrysler Sebring LXi
The 1996 Chrysler Sebring meets the addition of the JX and JXi convertibles, which replace the last of the Chrysler LeBaron as the midsize convertible. The JX and JXi are actually more like the Chrysler Cirrus; in fact, it shares the same platform, structure, and drivetrains. The new model year sees very minor updates as Chrysler decides not to fix what isn't broken. Moreover, it gets the HomeLink transmitter, a panic button on the remote, and three new exterior colors.
The 1996 Chrysler Sebring gets a slightly odd front grille that takes away from an otherwise quality design. Large fog lights, a short front end, and subtle rear styling gives a sporty and aggressive yet sophisticated look.
The 1996 Chrysler Sebring is quite roomy all around with the only exception of the head room in the rear seat in the convertible JX and JXi. The layout is ergonomically sound, and visibility is good, except with the convertible roof up. There are plenty of standard and available options to make the ride pleasant.
Performance & Handling
The 1996 Chrysler Sebring provides adequate performance but nothing particularly amazing. The V-6 engines are not available with a manual transmission, which does take away a little bit of fun, not to mention performance capability. The four-cylinder engine in the coupe is combined with the manual transmission, which is the most enjoyable engine and transmission package and possibly the best performing. It handles like a typical midsize sedan, and the suspension is adequate to provide a quality ride without causing driving issues.
The 1996 Chrysler Sebring come equipped with driver and passenger airbags as standard equipment. All models except the JX come with four-wheel anti-lock brakes and fog lights standard, which is both available as options on the JX. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the LX and LXi five out of five stars for driver and passenger front impact, and the JX and JXi receives four out of five stars.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chrysler Sebring: 18/27 mpg city/highway
- Great safety features and ratings
- Pleasant exterior styling
- Nice new convertible body style
You Won't Like
- Uninspired performance capabilities
- Odd front end
A great replacement for the long-running LeBaron.
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