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Kelley Blue Book ® - 2004 Chrysler Sebring Overview

Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book

KBB.com 2004 Chrysler Sebring Overview

America's Favorite Convertible

The Sebring is probably the best known and best-loved convertible sold in America. It may also be the most familiar convertible due to its overwhelming popularity at rental counters across the country. However you slice it, once you've driven a Sebring, you'll probably be hooked.

This year, Chrysler offers the Sebring in four trims, each designed to appeal to a specific type of convertible driver. The base Sebring is the most affordable, offering a high-level of comfort and a long list of optional add-ons. Powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, the base Sebring makes for a comfortable around town cruiser, but lacks the authority to really fulfill the promises made by the Sebring's racy design. Next in line is the sporty GTC, which offers a higher level of equipment and comes standard with the more powerful 2.7-liter V6 engine; the five-speed manual offered in last year's car has regrettably been dropped. At the upper end of the luxury scale are the Touring and Limited models; these cars feature leather interiors, power seats and a number of options not available on the base models, such as steering-wheel-mounted controls for the audio unit.

For 2004, the Sebring convertible gets a freshened front fascia, a revised instrument cluster and the addition of a stunning new interior color: Deep Jade. Finally, customers will now have an alternative to the all-too-familiar gray, black or tan. The new interior color is available only on the Limited trims and is applied to the seats by way of leather and ultra suede inserts; the color also is carried to the dash and door panels. In addition to the Jade interior, two new wheel options are available for the Touring and Limited trims.

The Sebring is agreeable to so many people because it can fit so many people. This is one of the few convertible coupes that can actually accommodate two adults in the rear seats without requiring them to tuck their knees up under their chins. The Sebring also provides plenty of cargo room with a spacious trunk measuring 11.3 cubic feet. That's big enough to fit two sets of golf clubs, a weeks worth of groceries or two couple's overnight luggage.

Inside, you'll find a beautifully detailed interior, with a fully lined convertible top, glass rear window with defroster and a set of structural bucket seats that have the shoulder belts integrated into the sides of the seat. The unique shoulder belt design ensures a snug fit without the belt cutting across your neck. Limited models get the five-star treatment, including woodgrain accents on the dash and doors, an Infinity sound system and optional heated leather seats. The Infinity sound system not only sounds amazing, it has a built-in feature that adjusts the output depending on whether the convertible top is up or down. We think most people will truly love the Sebring's seat design. The wide buckets provide full support—including adjustable lumbar—yet don't pinch the body the way most sculpted sport seats do.

On the road, you'll find the Sebring returns a soft ride, fully capable of absorbing road imperfections without sending shutters and thumps into the passenger compartment. With the top down, the body maintains a fairly rigid stance, resisting body flex and twisting that over time can cause a convertible top to lose its tight seal. The Sebring's steering is heavily weighted, which is nice in that it returns a direct and positive road feel, but may be a bit too heavy for those use to the casual one-finger turning method. With the top up, you'll find that very little outside wind or road noise enters the cabin; you'll also find two big blind spots where the wide C-pillars partially block your rear view. Thankfully, the Sebring's long side-view mirrors are able to show you vehicles blocked by the blind spot; you just have to remember to set them far enough out to cover that area.

All Sebring models come standard with dual front airbags, but do not offer any type of side-impact airbag protection. Anti-lock brakes are available on Sebring, GTC and Touring models and are standard on the Limited trims. The Sebring is covered by a 3-year/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 7-year/70,000 mile engine and drivetrain warranty.

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