The all-new Chrysler Sebring Convertible models have arrived and there is a lot for top down drivers be excited about.
With a base price starting around $26,000 and very respectable fuel economy ratings, the 2008 Sebring Convertible is one of the most affordable four-seat convertibles on the road.
Buyers also have a multitude of options to choose from, such as three trim lines, three engine choices and even three types of convertible tops ó vinyl, cloth or for an extra $1,995 a retractable hardtop.
The base Sebring Convertible ($26,145 base price) is equipped with a 2.4-liter I-4 engine (173 horsepower, 166 lb.-ft. torque) and mated to a four speed automatic transmission. Using regular unleaded gasoline, it has an EPA fuel economy rating of 20 mpg city, 29 mpg highway using 2008 EPA standards.
Features include standard side seat-mounted airbags for head and thorax protection, ABS, tire-pressure monitoring system, automatic latching convertible top with hard tonneau cover, remote keyless entry, AM/FM system with 6-disc CD player and MP3 connectivity, six-way power driver and passenger seats, rear window defogger, cruise control, locking glove box, sliding front center armrest, electroluminescent cluster with outside temperature display, 16-inch wheels and heated power mirrors.
Touring models (base price $28,745) are powered by a 2.7-liter Flex Fuel V-6 engine (189 horsepower, 191 lb.-ft. torque) and mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. Using regular unleaded gasoline and/or E85 ethanol, it has a 2008 EPA fuel economy rating of 18 mpg city, 26 mpg highway.
Additional features include YES Essentials stain-resistant seat fabric, electronic vehicle information center, tire pressure monitoring display, travel computer, satin silver accents, 17-inch wheels, automatic headlamps and chrome interior door handles.
Limited models ($32,345 base price) are powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine (235 horsepower, 232 lb.-ft. torque) and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with Auto Stick. Mid-grade (89 octane) gasoline is recommended, but regular unleaded gas is acceptable. It has a 2008 EPA fuel economy rating of 16 mpg city, 26 mpg highway.
Additional features to the limited include cloth convertible top, leather-trimmed seats, leather shifter knob, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, chrome door handles, premium Boston Acoustics audio system, cabin air filtration system, automatic-dimming rearview mirror, fog lamps and theft alarm.
Buyers can also opt for the Luxury Group package, which includes 18-inch tires and chrome wheels, heated front seats and windscreen.
For this review, a 2008 Sebring Touring Convertible was driven for a one-week test period. The new Sebring Convertible is impressive in terms of affordability, fuel economy and its wide array of options for the consumer. For convertible buyers, I highly recommend it for a test drive.
But while it does seat four, donít count on a lot of leg room ó whatís there isnít very much. In fact, the only way my 14-year-old could get a foot on the floor was if the front seat was moved all the way forward. On the up side, you can get two golf bags in the trunk with the top down, which makes it ideal for a weekend get-away.
Neal White has been covering the automotive industry for more than 15 years and is affiliated with the Texas Auto Writers Association and the Midwest Automotive Media Association. E-mail Neal at email@example.com.