From 1995 to 2010, Chrysler sold the midsize Sebring sedan. It replaced the Cirrus sedan and the LeBaron coupe and convertible, and itself was replaced by the Chrysler 200 after the 2010 model year. The Sebring was available in a sedan, coupe, and convertible over the course of three generations.
Body Styles: sedan, convertible
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 2.7-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic with overdrive, four-speed automatic with overdrive and auto-manual
Models: Chrysler Sebring sedan, Chrysler Sebring convertible, Chrysler Sebring Touring sedan, Chrysler Sebring Touring convertible, Chrysler Sebring Limited sedan, Chrysler Sebring Limited convertible, Chrysler Sebring TSi sedan, Chrysler Sebring GTC convertible
This year, the Sebring Limited sedan models add automatic temperature control, automatic headlights, optional navigation, and California wood instrument panel. All 2005 Chrysler Sebring models get upgraded engines and have redesigned grilles as well.
The 2005 Chrysler Sebring only experiences moderate exterior changes. All models have the elegant egg-crate grille with the Chrysler logo above. Both the convertible and the sedan have a similar aerodynamic profile. At first glance, it seems to be based on the same design, but the sedan is actually smaller than the convertible models. The 2005 Chrysler Sebring is available in a range of colors and finishes.
The 2005 Chrysler Sebring interior is comfortable and roomy for a midsize vehicle in its class. The sedan models can seat five very comfortably, while the convertibles can seat four. The leg room in the back seat is especially ample. The sedan's rear seats fold down for additional cargo space, while the rear seats for the convertible are fixed.
Performance & Handling
First generation Sebring models included those in production from 1995 to 2000. These models ranged in power from a two-liter four-cylinder to a 2.5-liter V-6 coupled with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. The second generation includes models in production from 2001 to 2006 with more powerful engines, starting with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a three-liter V-6 on the top end.
The smaller 150-hp, 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine comes in the base sedan and convertible models only; all other models receive the 2.7-liter, 200-hp, V-6 engine. Both engines can be paired to a four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive or a four-speed automatic overdrive transmission with auto-manual. The smaller engine can struggle while passing at high speeds and merging onto fast-moving highways. The larger engine performs much better in this regard. The ride is comfortable with any of the models, and the Sebring is easy to drive and responsive. Maneuvering through city traffic is a breeze, and it gets descent fuel economy within its class. The engine can be a little loud on the four-cylinder.
The 2005 Chrysler Sebring Limited convertible comes with anti-lock brakes standard. However, ABS is optional on all other models. Standard, front airbags deploy in three stages. Side curtain airbags are optional for both the convertible and sedan models. The Sebring convertible scores poorly in government crash tests.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chrysler Sebring: 20/27 mpg city/highway
Chrysler Sebring GTC, Touring, Limited: 19/25 mpg city/highway
- Simple driving
- Rear leg room
You Won't Like
- Noisy four-liter engine
- Poor convertible crash-test ratings
- Low coupe and sedan resale value
A comfortable ride with enough features to keep most drivers happy.
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