• Sep 28, 2009
2010 Chrysler Sebring - Click above for high-res image gallery

Great news, midsize sedan buyers! The Italian/American brain trust at the helm of the Pentastar has decided to keep the Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger around for another two models years. Previously, past owners Cerberus had signaled its intentions to cull the slow selling duo after the 2010 model year, but according to reports, Fiat says that there weren't really any solid plans to replace the twins and it's not really feasible to pull out of the segment entirely until its own Italian-bred successors are ready.

Perhaps the automaker's new owners can find a way to make the platform a bit more competitive for its final two years in production. Next year's Sebring will see a few minor updates that should at least improve the ugly duckling's appearance, not the least of which is the deletion of the car's awkward ribbed hood. Current projections indicate that a more extensive freshening is in the works for 2011 for the Sebring and possibly a wee bit earlier for the Dodge Avenger, which isn't in quite so dire need of a facelift.



[Source: AutoWeek]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Could there be a worse car?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Chrysler could always bring back the LeBaron & Aries...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Aveo
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looked so much better with those lines on the hood.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, at least with the lines it had SOME character (albeit still somewhat homely looking overall). Now it's even more boring.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "@Jim: The SLK is a fine little car. Don't blame Daimler for Chrysler's inability to make a convertible."

        The SLK has nothing to do with this. I blame Daimler for forcing the use of Karmann's expensive (and unreliable) folding hardtop mechanism, especially on the soft-top versions. They used the same folding hard-top mechanism for the vinyl and cloth versions too, and there's no reason to do that aside from utter stupidity.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yea it looks much better without the hood lines.

        Without those lines it's not too ugly(just bland) and if it and the avenger(which has some decent angles that make it look related to the dodge charger).

        I mean the interior doesn't look that bad from pictures.
        http://www.autoblog.com/gallery/2010-chrysler-sebring/full/#6

        Improved build quality and a better color scheme could improve it. It wont be a luxury or even a near luxury vehicle, but it can become entry level.

        I mean the accord is a class leader and it's interior made out of plastic and cloth so it isn't that big a step forward. The avenger's interior has a bit more to go what with it's almost industrial looking interior but it could make it too.

        • 5 Years Ago
        @Jim: The SLK is a fine little car. Don't blame Daimler for Chrysler's inability to make a convertible.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I disagree. One of the big problems with the Sebring's styling is that it's a confused, incohesive mess. The hood strakes just added to the clutter. The shot used by Autoblog in this article already looks 100x better.

        Now, if they can fast-track an interior upgrade they might actually have something .

        Oh, and dump the convertible. That thing is so full of Daimler-fail that it's not worth keeping.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      A blind person wouldn't buy this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its those bugeye headlights that get me. Never mind its the cheapness. Wait its the rear styling. No the interior styling. Oh wait this whole car is just terrible.

      I stopped renting from Thrifty and Alamo because I refuse to drive this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      *sniff sniff* What's that I smell? Oh, just another horrible sh!t idea from Chrysler, and they sounded like they were going to do something smart after the recession.....oh well. Too bad, cuz I don't mind them. I do like Dodge and a couple Jeeps.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the Sebring Convertible...the sedan not so much.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They need to put the 2 mode hybrid system in this car. They need the V-6 MDS.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I never thought the design was all that offensive. I agree with kumar that it would have worked better as a wagon or IMO a liftback. I think that the driving dynamics and interior quality are it's largest faults. I personally wonder why anyone would buy one of these while for similar money one could own a Fusion or a myriad of imports. Chrysler must throw a ton of cash on the hood to move these things of the lot.
      That said, Chrysler has no choice but to keep selling them.The other choice is to have nothing to offer in the segment. Maybe the can tweak it to make it a bit more competative.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Having nothing in the segment has worked for Dodge ever since it dropped the Neon. Why can't Chrysler get more of the same results (with less effort) by axing the Avenger/Sebring. I guess the rental fleets can't afford Toyota Camrys, huh?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yea, so in-offensive that the first time I saw one go past me I thought I was looking at the new Toyota Avalon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Chrysler is doomed
      • 5 Years Ago
      The 2010 Sebring DOES look better than the previous Sebring, I'll give it that...

      But I mean, to me it seems like the name "Sebring" itself is tainted.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No its the names Chrysler and Dodge that are tainted.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, because the Chrysler name before it just oozes consumer confidence...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Heh, point taken...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sebring - Update the interior, drop the 2.7L, replace the 3.5L with the Pentastar, use a 6AT on the I4.

      Avenger - Update the Interior to at least average, make the same powertrain changes as above.

      While these cars would still be less than great, they would at least be decent stop-gaps until something Fiat based can be sold here. If/when the 200C comes out, Chrysler should just drop the Sebring altogether and make Chrysler all RWD.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree with you that they need to drop the 2.7, it really doesn't offer any advantages over the 2.4. And they need to mate the 61te to the 2.4 like yesterday.
        The pentistars are no were near ready for prime-time yet so we'll have to wait for the Sebring's replacement.
        But, I think they should keep the 2.4 / 41te power-train and use it to make a stripper model. Lets face it, this car has already hurt Chrysler, the damage is done. So have a decontented model, that meets peoples expectations, and price it at $14,995. Have the ad copy read, "The Chrysler Sebring, it's a car."
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, all this car needs to become good is a new engine, new transmission, new interior, new exterior, and a new suspension.
        Seriously they basically need a car that's not the Sebring, why would you keep the exterior and badging the same then go through the trouble of completely revamping the powertrain and interior...it's not like the exterior or branding is doing it any favors.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So they're keeping these now?! Seriously, I can't figure out why the coolest and most useful car from Dodge isn't being built anymore... MAGNUM?! Everyone makes wagon versions of sedans, so the idea that there couldn't be three LX cars is a joke. I hate you, Dodge.
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