Chrysler Sebring Limited

So you get hood strakes. That’s something no other mainstream sedan-selling automaker can say, so there you go: one good (cough) reason to buy the 2007 Chrysler Sebring.  Otherwise, unless you buy the most expensive 2007 Chrysler Sebring “Touring” model with the more powerful V-6 engine and six-speed transmission, you get a sedan that lacks power and refinement and has a Captain Plastic Fantastic interior. For its size, the cabin feels crowded, and the fit and finish of the model we tested was poor: ill-fitting gaps and loose panels were virtually everywhere, from hood to trunk. Inside, the plastic was too hard and too loose, though the seats felt supportive and the pleather material felt sturdy, if not expensive.

In essence, it seems as though Chrysler is counting on the design and interior innovation to move people to purchase this car. That’s a good idea when it comes to the innovation part: from MyGig to a hot/cold cupholder and more, the Sebring does offer cool gadgets.  It’s not such a hot idea from a design perspective, and while we give Chrysler credit for doing something different, most staffers at MyRide were cool to the styling. Heck, at least it’s not another boring sedan, and design is supposed to kick off an emotional reaction, which is exactly what this Sebring did in the parking lot of MyRide. But if you like the styling…shoot. You can keep your coffee hot if you buy a Sebring, and you can fold that front passenger seat; that’s worth something, right? Indeed, the Sebring may be just what you need if you’re not bothered about performance, are hard of hearing, appreciate strakes, want a hot/cold cupholder and often need to transport fence posts inside your sedan.

If you are bothered by performance, well, pass or spend some more cash. Our four-cylinder, four-speed automatic tester came in at around $27,000.  You can spend more for the Touring model’s 235-horsepower V-6 engine and six-speed transmission to boost performance to competitive levels, otherwise, take comfort in knowing that checking the four-cylinder box dooms you to a lagging, noisy (see: hard of hearing) experience to go along with the vague steering, distant road feel and frenetic transmission.  Sadly, this 2007 Sebring four-cylinder competes well with, say, the old Saturn L-Series – or maybe a Chevy Classic. Then again, you do get hood strakes. And it’s all about the hood strakes, right? If not, psst: you can buy a Honda Accord four-cylinder, with five-speed manual and navigation for just under $27,000. Then there’s the Saturn Aura, the Toyota Camry…

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