The Chrysler Sebring Sedan is the core vehicle in a Sebring
offering that has many in the industry watching and trying
to duplicate it. Affordability is combined with many Sebring
choices to give real vehicle solutions for consumers whether
they are seeking a sedan, coupe or convertible. The way
this family of cars does it by offering great choices of
trim level, with different exteriors, interiors and performance
The 2005 Chrysler Sebring Sedan is no exception to this
rule, offering as it does, two engine choices, a variety
of exterior details and a range of interior luxuries.
The 2005 Chrysler Sebring Sedan has a Base Model with many
features rising through Touring and Limited versions.
The largest of the Sebrings, this mid-size car has real
legroom for the three adults that can be accommodated in
the back seat. A 108 inch wheelbase combines with a height
of 70.6 inches and an overall width of 54.9 inches. This
year boasts similar styling to last year's versions but
the trim levels and standards have changed somewhat. However,
up front styling is unaltered with the driver's cockpit
filled with convenient features to make the ride more pleasant.
For example, round analog instruments are tucked beneath
an arched cowl and rimmed with chrome bezels.
The up-level Limited comes with eight-way power-adjustable
seats on leather upholstery, previously an add-on extra
and available this year as an extra on lesser trim levels.
A reclining passenger seat and split (60/40)-folding seatbacks
allow access into the trunk, handy when carrying long items.
A leather-wrapped steering wheel with radio controls and
a premium sound system also feature in the interior standards
for the top-level Limited. Navigation system and sunroof
packages are available as extras.
All three 2005 Chrysler Sebring vehicles have few exterior
changes this year as they built upon their major 2003 look
renovation. The sedan has a front nose that focuses attention
on the Chrysler badge and on Chrysler's signature oval intake
port. Polycarbonate-lensed headlamps wrap around the front
corners, while round fog lamps (on the Limited) flank the
grille. Alloy and chrome alloy wheels, a ground-hugging
touring suspension and fatter, lower-profile tires round
out the exterior styling changes as you rise through the
trim levels on the Sebring Sedan. Metallic and Pearlcoat
paint-jobs are available as an added styling bonus for the
The performance profile choices are one of the things that
makes the Sebring such a well-rounded offering, attractive
to many consumers. The Base model comes equipped with a
2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine that delivers 150 horsepower
at 5200 rpm and 167 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm, a respectable
power offering that makes for decent passing punch at highway
speeds. For those who need more kick, a 2.7-liter V6 churns
out 200 horsepower at 5800 rpm and 190 lb-ft of torque at
4850 rpm and it comes standard on the Touring and Limited
models. 4-speed automatic transmission with optional manual-shift
capability for the Limited version does the shifting.
Rack-and-pinion steering gives the 2005 Chrysler Sebring
sedan crisp, neutral handling with a couple of available
suspension choices both similar. The Base has a fully independent
suspension with a short and long A-arm arrangement up front
and a multi-link setup in the rear. Touring Suspension,
standard above the Base model, gets a rear anti-roll bar
for reduced understeer.
Safety and Security
Standard safety equipment on the 2005 Chrysler Sebring sedan
includes dual front airbags, three-point front seatbelts
with adjustable anchors and the rear seat child seat anchor
system (LATCH). Antilock brakes, curtain side airbags and
traction control can be had through the Protection Package
offered for the Sedan.