2003 Sebring New Car Test Drive
Sedan, coupe or convertible, the Chrysler Sebring comes with sleek, good looks, a smooth ride, and comfortable accommodations. It's practical, with room for five. It offers value when measured against the imports. Responsive performance makes V6-powered models more enjoyable to drive, but the base four-cylinder engine is quite competent.
The sedan is comfortable and practical with a pleasant, airy cabin. The convertible combines a roomy interior and attractive pricing with style and top-down motoring. The sporty coupe offers an optional V6 engine.
For 2003, the coupe gets new exterior styling and interior trim.
Chrysler Sebring models are available in four-door sedan, two-door coupe, and two-door convertible body styles. Four-cylinder and V6 engines are available and there's a choice of trim levels. Sedans come standard with a four-speed automatic transmission. Coupes offer a choice of automatic or five-speed manual transmission for either engine. Convertibles come standard with an automatic, though the GTC convertible offers a manual.
LX models come with a twin-cam 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 150 horsepower. LX trim levels come standard with air conditioning, a cloth interior, and power windows, mirrors and door locks. Steel wheels with painted wheel covers and 15-inch tires are standard. Chrysler's 2.7-liter V6, which generates 200 horsepower, is available as an option for the LX ($1085).
LXi models come standard with the 200-hp V6, 16- or 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, eight-way power driver's seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a premium sound system with CD player, a trip computer, cruise control, remote illuminated keyless entry, fog lights, bright exhaust tips, and a higher level of interior convenience features. Convertible LXi models get a cloth-coated top and leather seats. A new Sebring GTC convertible model was added late last year that comes with the V6, a sports suspension, and a choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.
Optional safety equipment includes anti-lock brakes ($565) and side-curtain airbags ($390). An Enthusiast Group ($400) adds Chrysler's Autostick transmission, a sports suspension, firm-feel power steering, and an electroluminescent instrument cluster. A selection of options allows the buyer to add some of the LXi features to the LX model or further enhance the LXi, including a power sunroof ($695).