Automakers do not sell their models for the right price most of the time, but when they do, the models surely live up to what is expected of them. With a Chrysler Sebring model, which was introduced in 1995, a genuine four-door sedan or convertible experience could be had, with some great and not-so-great features here and there. Despite the considerable mediocre capabilities of the model compared with others in the segment, the Sebring still had its share of three-generation metamorphosis that could best be remembered by its successor, the Chrysler 200.
1995 – 2000: Being a softer race car
The first-generation models of the Sebring were offered as a coupe and a convertible. The coupe was characterized by its softer suspension and not-so-robust muscle, despite it having a name taken from an endurance car race. However, handling was still acceptable without much body roll, especially on long, curvy roads. A full double wishbone independent suspension and Goodyear Eagle performance tires, along with a rack-and-pinion steering, provided this good handling experience. Cabin space was enough for five passengers and allowed much room for movement, which made the Sebring coupe one of the largest cars in the segment in terms of roominess. The Sebring convertible also had some of the features of the coupe, but the convertible had a smaller cabin. Fuel economy and engine capability differed depending on the trims for each body type.
2001 – 2006: Offering more body styles
In this generation, a sedan body style joined the line of the Sebring models. One of the early changes was Chrysler’s logo on the rear of the models as well as the redone front fascia. The convertible and sedan units had a standard 2.7-liter V6 cranking out 200-horsepower, but a better trim level was available with a 3.0-liter engine displacement with the same power output. During this time, these cars were received well by consumers because of their value and sleek shape, but the lack of offering in the power department contributed to poor sales. The sedan and convertible units typically had many things in common, while the coupe units only had some minor details that made them recognizable as belonging to the same model as the other two.
2007 – 2010: Going more equipped and satisfying
Crafted from a compact-car platform, the Sebring still adopted the characteristic styling of the make. The addition of a MyGIG Infotainment System, which allowed the storage of 20 gigabytes of entertainment files, was one of the main improvements. There were three engine capacities available, and each of the engines was matched with a six-speed automatic transmission that used Autostick technology. All-wheel drive was offered for the sedan. The convertible model was available as a hardtop and a softtop, and both had strake lines on the hood like that on the Chrysler Crossfire. Some of the other alterations included airbags, power accessories, stability control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, an automatic climate control, and a premium audio system.