The 1998 Chrysler Sebring is available as a coupe or convertible and has two models for each body style. With four different engine options and two options for the transmission, it offers more variety than past models. Unfortunately, it does not offer an option that has the V-6 engine with the five-speed manual transmission, which disappoints some consumers looking for a sportier version that's fun to drive. For most drivers, though, the power of the V-6 or the responsiveness of the five-speed manual is enough to be pleasing.
Body Styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 2.0-liter inline-four, 2.4-liter inline-four, 2.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Chrysler Sebring LX, Chrysler Sebring LXi, Chrysler Sebring JX, and Chrysler Sebring JXi
The 1998 Chrysler Sebring LX and LXi models both have two new interior colors available, which are black and grey. It has a new exterior color available: Caffe Latte.
The 1998 Chrysler Sebring LXi and JXi both have power heated mirrors. Although power mirrors are an option on the JX and LX, the option of heated mirrors is only available on the JX, LXi, and JXi. Furthermore, the JX and JXi have a power glass sunroof and a rear window that is not available on the other models. The spoiler is only available on the LXi.
The 1998 Chrysler Sebring have front bucket seats and rear bench seats across all models. The JX and LX are upholstered with leather, while the JXi has standard leather upholstery, and the LXi has an option for leather at an extra cost. The power driver’s seat is also only standard on the JXi but is available as an option on all other models. The JX and JXi do not have split folding seat backs in the rear seat, but the LX and LXi models do. The leather steering is not available on the lower level trim models but is standard in the JXi and an option in the LXi. The LX and LXi have a seating capacity of five, while the JX and JXi only have a seating capacity of four.
Performance & Handling
The 1998 Chrysler Sebring models with the inline-four engines and a manual transmission are the faster models and accelerate more quickly, although the V-6 engine is smoother and more powerful. The five-speed manual transmission is standard in the LX and JX models, and the automatic transmission is the only option for the LXi and JXi models, which disappoints some car buyers looking for a sporty engine coupled with a manual transmission.
The 1998 Chrysler Sebring has a four-wheel anti-lock brake system to protect against sliding. This braking system is only standard on the JXi but is available at an extra cost on the other three models. The only airbags installed are dual front-impact airbags for the driver and front passenger. A traction control system gives extra assurance that it will not slide out of control but is not standard on any model; it's only available as an option on the JX and JXi. A security system and panic alarm is standard on the LXi and JXi and available at an extra cost on the LX and JX. Ignition disable is only available as an option on the JX and JXi models and is standard on the JXi.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chrysler Sebring LX: 19/23 mpg city/highway
Chrysler Sebring LXi: 17/20 mpg city/highway
Chrysler Sebring JX: 17/20 mpg city/highway
Chrysler Sebring JXi: 17/20 mpg city/highway
- Variety of models and prices
- Power of the V-6 engines
- Quick responses of the manual five-speed
You Won't Like
- No V-6 engine and a manual transmission model
- Fuel economy is not efficient
- Engine, heating, air, and starting systems are rated with moderate problems
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