The 2002 Chrysler Sebring follows a brand-new redesign the year before; the 2002 model gains upgrades that result in improved structure, vibration control, and better performance. One of the best things about the Sebring results from the variation in body styles. With a sedan, coupe, and convertible in the lineup, this automobile suits any taste. Style, luxury, comfort, and power combine to make the Sebring a top competitor.
The Sebring sedan comes in two trim levels: the LX and the upper-end LXi. The Sebring lineup includes a rather affordable convertible. Chrysler has made it a goal to become the best around, and the Chrysler Sebring comes pretty close.
Body Styles: coupe, convertible, sedan
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 2.7-liter V-6, 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Chrysler Sebring LX, Chrysler Sebring LXi, Chrysler Sebring GTC, Chrysler Sebring Limited
With the redesign just a year before, the 2002 Sebring benefits from those changes. The addition of an Enthusiast package also enhances the lineup. In addition, the 2002 Chrysler Sebring offers a lower-priced model, LX, and a 2.4-liter inline-four becomes an available option.
All of the Sebring body styles have the same oval-shaped, egg-crate grille that remains synonymous with other Chrysler vehicles. It shows similarity in the styling. The sedan and convertible may look like the same vehicle at first glance, but the taillights, side body panels, and front fasciae look very different. The convertible comes with a power top that has an electric defogger and a glass rear window.
The Limited features 16-inch chrome wheels, speed-sensitive wipers, a rear defogger, and all-season tires. Fifteen-inch steel wheels come on the LX and the LXi uses 16-inch alloys. The body color choices further spruce up the exterior of any Sebring.
Fine leather and a textured dash encompass the interior of the 2002 Chrysler Sebring. The rich finish of the soft convertible top gives the sensation of a more expensive automobile. The standard features on the base model include power windows, power locks, cruise control, and air-conditioning. Stepping up a level, the LXi adds leather seats, a CD player, and a power driver’s seat. Then, the upper-level Limited adds heated mirrors, a trip computer, a tilt steering wheel, front reading lights, and power steering.
The passenger seating feels firm and comfortable with its front bucket seats and deep rear buckets that feel softer than most of its rivals. The Sebring serves as one of the few affordable four-seat convertibles on the market and likely one of the most successful.
Performance & Handling
The engine choices for the 2002 Chrysler Sebring include a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that comes standard with the sedan LX. It produces 150 horsepower. The convertibles and the sedan LXi utilize a 2.7-liter V-6 that generates 200 hp. Both of the engines have an automatic four-speed transmission that offers an AutoStick feature, which lets the driver switch gears manually.
Some of the standard safety features for the 2002 Chrysler Sebring include front airbags that deploy at certain levels depending on the crash severity and impact speed and side-curtain airbags that open above the windows on the sides. All Sebrings come with anti-lock brakes, child seat anchors, and front headrests.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chrysler Sebring LX: 19/27 mpg city/highway
Chrysler Sebring LXi: 18/26 mpg city/highway
Chrysler Sebring GTC: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Chrysler Sebring Limited: 17/24 mpg city/highway
- Sporty look
- Good performance
- Quality paint
- Range of body styles
- Comfortable ride
- Exceptional value
You Won't Like
- Build-quality not up to Japanese competition
- Convertible top a bit noisy on rough roads
- Resale value
- No manual transmission option for the sedan
Perfect when shopping for a sporty coupe, carefree convertible, or stylish sedan.
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