The 2009 Chrysler Sebring is available in a convertible or a hardtop, both of which have their strengths and weaknesses. The Sebring is a reliable vehicle that is often used by car rental agencies as a fleet vehicle, which speaks volumes about the reliability of this vehicle.
- Body Styles: sedan, convertible
- Engines: 2.4 liter, 2.7-liter V-6, 3.5-liter V-6
- Transmissions: six-speed automatic
- Models: LX, Touring, Limited
The 2009 Sebring adds standard four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and adds stability control as standard for all models except the LX. Extra standard equipment on the Touring and Limited models is also included.
The design of the Sebring is unfortunately fairly generic. One exception is the hardtop convertible option that adds a lot of style and class to a somewhat boring vehicle. The Sebring is very wide, measuring in at 72.5-inches in width, but is also quite short, measuring in at 59 inches tall. A rear defogger and intermittent wipers are standard.
The interior of the Sebring may look pretty as a picture, but the materials are quite cheap. Many of the surfaces are hard plastic. The higher trim models remove some of the hard plastic, which makes the interior a bit more appealing, but that costs money that could be saved by going with the competition. The convertible has a little more to offer than some of the competition, including space. The backseat is fairly spacious, seating three passengers comfortably. The retracting hardtop does take up a bit of trunk space, but the cargo area is still spacious.
The LX comes with 16-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, cruise control, a tilt and telescoping wheel, power accessories throughout the vehicle, a 60/40-split back seat for greater storage space, and a four-speaker audio system that has a CD player, satellite radio and connectivity for a personal stereo device. The LX convertible has a vinyl soft top, six-way adjustable power seats, and a six-speaker audio system. The Touring upgrades the wheels to 17-inches, and adds a lot more options. Standard features in the Limited include a power-adjustable driver’s seat, upgraded cloth upholstery, heated front seats, a leather wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, a remote-start engine, auto-dimming rearview mirrors, and automatic climate control. The Touring and Limited edition models have several optional features, such as a rear seat DVD entertainment system, a retractable hardtop for the convertible models, a touchscreen interface, a 30 GB hard drive for entertainment, and a CD/DVD player upgrade.
Performance & Handling
The Sebring trim lines are available in front or all-wheel drive, with the convertible versions of the vehicle only available in front-wheel drive. A standard 2.4-liter engine that produces 173 horsepower (hp) and 166 lb-ft of torque is included. This engine accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 9.6 seconds. The Touring convertible model has a 2.7-liter V-6 engine that produces 186 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque. The Sebring Limited convertible offers a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 235 hp and 232 lb-ft of torque. The V-6 is controlled by a six-speed automatic transmission. The base 2.4-liter engine is sluggish and does not inspire the imagination. The Touring model is still a bit slow and offers little in the way of fuel economy. The bigger 3.5-liter is the fastest of the engine options, but is also a gas-guzzler.
Riding in the Sebring is fairly pleasant, as the traction and handling is fairly smooth. The tail of the vehicle feels slightly uncontrollable when the hardtop is retracted into the trunk of the vehicle.
The Sebring has standard four-wheel anti-lock brakes, front-seat side airbags, and curtain airbags on the sedan versions of the vehicle. Stability and traction control come standard on the Touring and Limited Editions. The Sebring scored five stars for front and side collisions.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chrysler Sebring, base: 21/30 mpg city/highway
Chrysler Sebring, 2.7-liter Touring: 19/22 mpg city/highway
Chrysler Sebring, V-6: 16/20 city/highway
- Extensive features on some trim lines
- Hardtop is quite sexy if you can afford it
- All-wheel drive gives it a smooth feel on the road
You Won't Like
- Poor fuel economy
- Sluggish engine performance
- Weak brakes
- Interior feels a bit cheap in comparison to the competition
The Sebring is not the first choice for a long-term vehicle. Its underwhelming performance makes it easy to overlook when so many other sedans are available on the market. If you are considering any of the Sebring models, choose the Sebring hardtop convertible.
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