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Chrysler changes trim packages on Sebring, Avenger, 300

by David Zatz on

Chrysler has changed the trim lines on Chrysler Sebring, Chrysler 300, and Dodge  Avenger to match customer needs for the 2009 model year. The moves go beyond previously announced 2009 model-year changes, and are designed to provide customers with desirable options on lower-priced cars.

The Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger lineups have been dramatically simplified, cutting costs while increasing value. The Limited has standard leather, heated seats, and chrome accents, at the price of the previous Sebring Touring model, $23,380 including destination, with the four-cylinder engine (achieving 30 mpg on the highway). With the 3.5 liter V6, six-speed automatic, dual exhaust, and 18 inch chrome wheels, the Sebring Limited comes in at just $25,630.  

Similarly, the Dodge Avenger R/T now comes with the four cylinder, leather, and heated seats for $22,790 including destination; with the 3.5 liter V6 and AutoStick, 18 inch aluminum wheels, performance tires, firm feel power steering, dual exhaust, and sport tires and suspension, the Avenger R/T is just under $25,000, a price drop of $1,160. The entry-level Avenger is now the SXT, with a base price of $21,255.

The Chrysler 300 Touring is now the base model 300; the price remains the same as the old base model, at $27,415, but now includes the Touring interior and exterior and a new front grille.  The WPC Touring Signature Edition price has been dropped to $31,825, and includes big chrome wheels and power adjustable pedals; optional features include all-wheel drive, navigation system, and side airbags.

The 300 Limited now has the same interior and exterior as the 300C, but uses the 3.5 liter V6; the price starts at $36,035. Meanwhile, the Hemi-powered 300C starts at $37,585.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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