It's hard to think of a way to make the Chrysler Sebring or Jeep Compass even less attractive, but a 2% price increase is a good start. It's not like Chrysler has control over the price of commodities, which is part of what's driving the increase that begins June 16th. Dealers will have to cough up extra cash the next time they replenish their inventories, but whatever's already on the lot will be unaffected. Chrysler's Stuart Schorr contends that the price bump brings Chrysler in line with its competitors. Unfortunately, Chrysler's product lags even the domestic competition, so price parity for a lesser vehicle is hard to swallow. If anything, the poor schmo who looks at the horrid interior materials in a Patriot and still buys the darn thing deserves something besides a handshake from an adversarial salesperson.

[Source: Automotive News - sub req]

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