The Chrysler Sebring, adorned with a ribbed hood and other cues from the Crossfire, had better specs on paper than the older Sebrings; but buyers and critics didn’t seem to think as much of the actual car as its predecessor. Perhaps that’s because it left the highly regarded Chrysler midsize platform, with considerable cost-cutting along the way.
The car didn’t gain any weight, despite higher safety, moving from 3,200 pounds in 2006 to 3,287 pounds for the 2007 Sebring. It had a larger interior, smaller trunk, and more power from the top 3.5-liter V6 and the base four-cylinder (there was also a 2.7 V6, and Europeans could get a small diesel).
The Mitsubishi impact was somewhat indirect. The Sebring was not based on the Galant itself, though they had considered it; instead, it was based on the Dodge Caliber, which used a modified Mitsubishi platform. The Sebring’s JS platform was wider and longer than the Caliber, but the car shared many parts, and Chrysler wrote that it could assemble the Sebring and Avenger at its Belvidere plant if demand was high; that never happened, though.
What can we make of these cars? Sales essentially died when a British entertainer called the same-generation Sebring Convertible the worst car ever made. The convertible had many problems with its poorly made tops (Daimler had switched from ASC to Karmann), but the Sebring was fairly reliable and hard to argue with. The styling could be criticized (and in fact the “speed strakes” were later taken off the hoods), the interiors were fairly typical “how little can we spend” creations of the Daimler era, but the essentials were basically all there.
Returning buyers were likely disappointed by the “dead feel” tuning, also a reflection of the Daimler era — especially buyers coming back from an older 1996-2000 Cirrus or Sebring Convertible, which had a much more “live,” connected feel. The interiors were quieter than past cars, but were far less attractive; and the fun seemed to evaporated.
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The Sebring matched the Chrysler Aspen and Pacifica, with ribbed hoods (“speed grooves”), rounded-trapezoid grille, and similar front-end lines. Inside, they could hardly be more different.
The Sebring interior was an odd mix of Caliber and Aspen, and didn’t seem to work with the beige color scheme. The three colors clashed a bit, and were rather busy in parts. There were acres of blocky gray plastic, with tortoise-shell plastic inserts on the wheel, doors, and glove box, along with the other-shade-of-gray and silver plastic. With the gray interior, things were much more sedate.
Tigre Marino wrote: “The 2007 Chrysler Sebring is called the Chrysler Cirrus in México. The Sebring name has never been used in México.”
The lighter side of the Chrysler Sebring interior was clever features including a front passenger seat that easily flipped forward to provide a table at the same height as the center console; the 20 GB built-in stereo complete with an easy to reach USB port; and easy to reach controls for the trip computer / personalization center.
The Sebring was practical enough, with good rear leg room and an abundance of head room, coupled with a huge trunk and decent gas mileage; the base engine, a 170 hp 2.4 liter four-cylinder with all sorts of technology but little low-end torque, was rated at 24 mpg city, 32 mpg highway (pre-2008). The 3.5 liter was dead quiet at 90 mph, and was rated at 19 city, 28 highway. Rear-corner visibility was hurt by the odd roofline.
The Sebring’s driving height was 2.54 inches higher than the 2006, making it easier to see on SUV-crowded roads; and standard 60/40 fold-flat rear seats were good for cargo.
The European Sebring, sold in Touring and Limited, had rear fog lamps mounted in the backup
lamps. The navigation system operated in Dutch,
English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. All these cars came with automatic temperature control, a cabin air filter, and (late in the 2007 model year) LED interior lighting. The base engine in Europe was the 2-liter World Gas(oline) Engine, with 156 hp and 140 lb-ft.
The European spec 2.4-litre was rated at 170 hp and 162 lb-ft; the 2.7 was sold in Europe but not the 3.5. The diesel was rated at 140 hp and 229 lb-ft and came with a six-speed manual transmission. American safety features remained except for the child seat anchors, replaced by Europe’s ISOFIX system.
Sebring’s standard 2.4-liter World Engine increased gas mileage by 4%. Horsepower numbers were considerably higher, but the engine had to be revved near redline to get them, and most buyers seemed to prefer the older 2.4 engine (which had little in common with the World Engine). The 2.7-liter V-6 engine was rated at an honest 190 horsepower and 190 lb.-ft. of torque, with more low-end torque (at an 850 rpm lower point) than the 2006 2.7 (200 hp).
Finally, the 3.5-liter V-6 engines produced 235 horsepower and 232 lb.-ft. of torque, and were coupled with a new six-speed AutoStick automatic. The automatic had a very low first gear for better acceleration; the car had a more robust differential so torque management could be lowered. Normally, the 3.5 was good for 250 hp, but the air path was reportedly a problem.
The 2007 Chrysler Sebring used a Harmon/Kardon infotainment / navigation system with a 6.5-inch, 65,000 color touch-screen panel and voice-activated commands. It had 20 gigabytes of data storage on a hard drive for music and photos; a USB slot to move music to the hard drive; GraceNotes access for song identification; voice memos of up to three minutes; movie playing (with the car stopped); satellite radio; and cell phone support.
One of the gimmicks of the car was heated/cooled front cupholders (optional), which could heat beverages to 140°F or cool them to 35°F. Remote start was optional, along with heated cloth or leather seats, a cabin air filter, and a universal garage door opener.
The 2007 Chrysler Sebring noise reduction system included advanced steel in the body, more use of sealants, and more sound-deadening materials. By mass, Sebring’s body structure contained 30% hot-stamped and high-strength steel. Hot-stamped steel A-pillars, B-pillars and roof rail reinforcements reduced upper body weight by 30 pounds.
The 2007 Sebring also used dual-phase steel in the rear rails, tunnel reinforcement, and sills to handle greater loads and manage impact energy more effectively. Up to four layers of metal were used for impact energy management.
Components joined with structural adhesives improved stiffness and impact energy management compared with spot and laser welding. They also added stiffness to minimize noise, vibration and harshness. The car had a torsional (twist) stiffness of 17,925 ft.-lb./degree (32.2 Hz) and a bending stiffness of 66,703 lb./in. (26.3 Hz), which is 1.7 times stiffer in torsion and 1.6 times stiffer in bending than the car it replaced.
The doors were triple sealed to reduce wind noise. A continuous, one-piece channel-type weather strip mounted in a three-piece roll-formed channel in the upper door frames sealed both sides of the windows to prevent wind noise and water leaks.
Other NVH reduction measures included:
The 2007 Chrysler Sebring sedan started
at $18,995 (including destination) at launch; going to the Touring ($20,195) added a stiff non-stain seat fabric, fold-flat front passenger seat, and brushed aluminum trim. The Sebring Limited ($23,995) allowed buyers to pay $800 more for the optional 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a six-speed automatic. All four levels had a standard four-cylinder and optional V6.
Aerodynamics were good, with a Cd of 0.331, about the same as the 1995 Neon.
For full specifications on the engines and more details on the transmissions, see the following pages (they'll open in new windows):
Safety systems included standard antilock brakes, and these options: side-curtain airbags, front-seat-mounted airbags, stability and traction control (with brake assist), daytime running lights, tire pressure monitoring, and engine immobilizer with a radio key.
In the United States, Chrysler Sebring was designed to appeal to 35-55 year-old buyers who were married and had a median income of around $65,000. For the 2006 Sebring, 55% of buyers were female, and 60% were college educated. The company claimed, “These mid-size car buyers are down-to-earth and conservative, yet open-minded, self-confident and have a passion for life. Middle and upper-middle class, their lives are active, and they have a true sense of style.”
Production took place at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Michigan.
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For 2009, a leather wrapped shifter knob with chrome accents was added to Touring and Limited, a four-wheel ABS discs and sunglass holder on all models. Interior noise was dramatically reduced. LED lighting became optional on Touring, an eight-way power driver's seat standard on Touring and Limited, and Remote Start, heated/cooled cupholder, heated front seats, trunk organizer, and phone system became standard on Limited. ESP became standard on Touring.
In its final year, Chrysler Sebring gained active head restraints and a new instrument cluster with LED backlighting; and was available only in Limited form. It also had a hood swap, losing the strakes, and the 17- and 18-inch wheels were replaced.
Base model standard features are surprisingly generous; note the standard dual horns, floor mats, keyless entry, power heated mirrors and locks, day/night mirror, cruise, side airbags, tilt-telescope wheel, and tachometer.
The next model took the standard model and added:
Finally, there is a top package which added:
The 3.5 liter V6 engine was an option only on the top model.
Options on all models are: Air Filtering, Sun Visors w/Illum Vanity Mirrors, Temperature Compass Gauge, Tire Pressure Monitoring Display, Traction Control, Smoker's Group, Traveler/Mini Trip Computer, Remote Start System, Front Drive/Pass Sunglasses Holder, Side Front Seats Air Bags, Side Curtain Airbags
Inches or pounds (mm or kg)
108.9” (2765.0 mm)
Fuel Tank Capacity, gal. (L)
(a) Maximum frontal area of trailer or boat: 22 square feet 3.5L engine; TBD 2.4L engine and 2.7L engine
Weight: US curb weight, base vehicle
EPA Total Interior Passenger Volume, cu. ft. (cu. m)
Head Room w/o Sunroof
40.1 (1017.3) / 38.4 (975.2)
Head Room w/Sunroof
37.9 (963.4) / 38.4 (975.2)
42.4 (1077.1) / 37.6 (955)
56.4 (1432.8) / 56.4 (1431.6)
53.5 (1357.8)/ 53.2 (1351.0)
EPA Front Compartment Volume, cu. ft. (cu. m)
55.5 (1.6) / 45.3 (1.3)
Cargo liftover height
SAE Luggage Compartment Volume, cu. ft. (cu. m)
3.5L Sebring Limited
1,000 (450) (a)
1,500 (900) (a)
2,000 (900) (a)
Front: Independent MacPherson strut, coil spring over gas-charged shock absorbers, stabilizer bar
Rear: Multi-link-link independent with coil springs, link-type stabilizer bar, gas-charged shock absorbers and isolated rear suspension cradle.
Speed-proportional, power rack-and-pinion
Turning Diameter (curb-to-curb)
36.5 ft. (11.13)
Steering Turns (lock-to-lock)
Power Assist Type—All
8 x 9 (204 x 230) Tandem-diaphragm vacuum
Front Size and Type
11.5 x 1.0 vented rotors with 2.2” single-piston floating caliper
Front Swept Area (total front)
223.5 sq. in. (1442.1 sq. cm)
Rear Size and Type
9.0 x 0.8 (229 x 35) machined drums
Rear Swept Area (total rear)
78.1 sq. in. (503.6 sq. cm)
Parking Brake Type
3.5 Liter: Rear Size and Type
10.3 x 1.39 solid rotor with 1.4” single-piston floating caliper
3.5 Liter Swept Area (total rear)
138.6 sq. in. (894.6 sq. cm)
3.5 Liter Parking Brake Type
16 x 6.5 painted steel
Machined, painted cast aluminum 17 x 6.5
Machined and painted cast-aluminum 18 x 7.0
Opt. Limited wheels
Chrome-clad cast-aluminum 18 x 7.0
P215/65R16, Firestone FR690
Touring, Optional on Sebring
P215/60R17, Bridgestone Turanza EL400
Limited, Opt on Touring
P215/55R18, Bridgestone Turanza EL400
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