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Kelley Blue Book ® - 2001 Chrysler Sebring Overview

Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book

KBB.com 2001 Chrysler Sebring Overview

Style Returns to the Sedan Market

For simplicity's sake, Chrysler has dropped the name Cirrus from its line and replaced it with Sebring, to match the existing coupe and convertible. That's about the only thing that gets simplified in the Sebring line. The Sebring sedan and convertible share the same platform and engine line up, while the Sebring coupe shares its chassis and engine with the Mitsubishi Eclipse. Styling cues that strongly resemble those of the larger Concorde are obvious enough to tie the three cars to the Chrysler family.

Having its bloodlines linked to the Eclipse makes the coupe much sportier than either the sedan or convertible, with a 5-speed transmission available for the first time on the V6 model. Two trim levels are offered. The base LX comes standard with a 2.4-liter, 147-horsepower 4-cylinder engine mated to a standard automatic (no manual is offered on the base car). As with last year, the Sebring coupe offers real room for four adults, a rarity in the sport coupe market, and comes loaded with a long list of standard equipment including, power windows, power door locks, speed control, tilt steering wheel, fog lamps and 16-inch wheels. The top-of-the-line LXi adds a 3.0-liter V6 capable of producing 200-horsepower, a fully synchronized 5-speed transmission (with the AutoStick automatic transmission an option), stickier 17-inch tires, an AM/FM stereo w/CD and Infinity speakers and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

The Sebring sedan (and convertible) is completely new from the ground up and vastly improved over the previous Cirrus model. The reduction of NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) was a number one priority for Chrysler, and the new Sebring makes huge strides in addressing this issue. The standard engine on the LX model, as with the coupe, is the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder. The LXi gets an all new 2.7-liter V6 that also produces 200-horsepower but is not related the coupe's V6. Standard equipment for the Sebring LX includes power windows, air conditioning, AM/FM stereo cassette, tilt wheel and cruise control. The LXi has all these features plus the addition of the V6 engine, 16-inch wheels, 8-way power driver seat, fog lamps, leather trimmed seats and premium sound system with CD. The sedan offers an optional side-impact airbag curtain, a first for this model.

The Sebring convertible is also offered in LX and LXi trim but adds a third model, the Limited, to the line. The only engine available on the convertible is the 2.7-liter V6. Both LX and LXi come with standard automatics, the Limited gets the AutoStick. The Sebring convertible continues to offer real seating capacity for 4 adults and even has room for their luggage. Both interior space and horsepower are up for all three cars, while prices remain fairly close to last year's model.

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