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1997 Chrysler Sebring

  • 1997 Chrysler Sebring JX Convertible

    JX Convertible

    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      150/167
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $20,150
  • 1997 Chrysler Sebring JXI Convertible

    JXI Convertible

    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      150/167
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $24,760
  • 1997 Chrysler Sebring LX Coupe

    LX Coupe

    • MAX MPG
      31
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      140/130
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $16,540
  • 1997 Chrysler Sebring LXi Coupe

    LXi Coupe

    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      163/170
    • ENGINE
      2.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $21,120
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1997 Chrysler Sebring Review

Practical and stylish American fun.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 1997 Chrysler Sebring classifies as a midsize car introduced by Chrysler in 1995. The Sebring launched only as a coupe, but a convertible model joined the lineup last year in 1996. Although both models sell as Sebrings, they share almost no common components except for the sheet metal.

Both the coupe and convertible replace the Chevrolet LeBaron, and the name of the car comes from Sebring, Florida, which earns popularity for its car race named ?12 Hours of Sebring.? The first use of the Sebring name in Chrysler actually dates back to the 1970s, when it named a trim of the Satellite coupe.

The Range

Body Styles: two-door convertible, two-door coupe
Engines: 2.5-liter V-6, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Chrysler Sebring JX, Chrysler Sebring JXi, Chrysler Sebring LX, Chrysler Sebring LXi

What's New

The 1997 Chrysler Sebring convertibles get several changes right in their second year of production. The most important changes for the convertible include the use of a quieter air intake manifold for the 2.4-liter engine and the addition of Chrysler’s AutoStick transmission. This new feature allows for the operation of an automatic transmission as a regular automatic or with clutch-less manual shifting.

The convertible also offers some new exterior colors, a trip computer, an auto-dimming mirror, a damage-resistant power antenna, and an enhanced vehicle theft system as options. The 1997 Chrysler Sebring coupe gets a new grille for this year, along with a revised front and rear fascia.

Exterior

The 1997 Sebring already has a very attractive exterior. It has just been two years since the car debuted, so the design still looks fresh. For this reason, the revised front grille seems a little too odd when compared to the overall classy styling of the Sebring.

The large fog lamps on the 1997 Chrysler Sebring deserve a special mention because of the way they lend the car a more aggressive look. The rear styling shows great revision and matches the overall sophisticated vibe that the Sebring gives off.

Interior

The Chrysler Sebring offers quite a roomy interior with space in the front and rear for four adults to relax comfortably, which surprises many, considering its coupe classification. The trunk has lots of space too, and the controls up front seem well-placed and easy to understand. However, the stereo controls sit a bit too low on the center of the dashboard.

Another drawback concerns the Sebring coupe’s poor visibility. The convertible models have a different dashboard with better-placed controls, and their front seats have integrated seat belts as well.

Performance & Handling

The 1997 Chrysler Sebring coupe offers a two-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers 140 horsepower, and the LXi gets a Mitsubishi-built 2.5-liter, V-6 engine that delivers 155 horsepower. The convertible model contains a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine rated at 150 horsepower. The AutoStick transmission remains available for convertibles, while the coupes get a five-speed manual gearbox.

The four-cylinder engine in the coupe offers plenty of performance with the manual transmission, but the Sebring slows down considerably with an automatic transmission. The V-6 engine offers decent acceleration, but it lacks torque at low speeds and the automatic transmission response seems too slow. Nevertheless, it still works better than the four-cylinder engine.

Safety

The 1997 Chrysler Sebring gets a full five-star rating for driver as well as passenger safety during frontal-impact tests conducted by the NHTSA.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chrysler Sebring 2.5-liter V-6, automatic: 20/27 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Spacious interior
  • Good steering and handling
  • Great acceleration from four-cylinder with manual and the V-6

You Won't Like

  • Poor visibility
  • Noisy cabin

Sum Up

Practical and stylish American fun.

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