2007 Chrysler Sebring Touring Road Test
2007 Chrysler Sebring Touring Road Test

2007 Chrysler Sebring Touring Road Test

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Recommended Retail Price: $33,990 – $37,490.

Options Fitted: None.

Chrysler has been wooing Australian audiences with the 300C for several years now. With an ambition to sway Aussie buyers to their American built bruisers, Chrysler has released a mid-sized sedan which is set to take on the likes of the Mazda6, Camry and Epica.

From the outside, it’s not a bad looking vehicle. The base model (Touring) being test driven comes standard with 17” alloy wheels which bring out the vehicle’s easy going and stylish nature. Swept around headlights and a streamlined bonnet give the Sebring an upmarket look and feel, slotting it into the mid-sized category with vigour.

2007 Chrysler Sebring Touring Road Test
2007 Chrysler Sebring Touring Road Test
2007 Chrysler Sebring Touring Road Test
2007 Chrysler Sebring Touring Road Test

At first, I thought I was actually driving the top-of-the-line ‘Limited’ version. Leather seats, heated seats and an auto-dimming mirror had me convinced. But, surprisingly I was in the base ‘Touring’ model.

Although it’s loaded with features, the Sebring is seemingly made entirely of plastic. It’s more a case of buying a heap of plastic and getting some free car, opposed to vice versa. Everything from the dashboard to the arm rest is plastic, so it’s certainly in no short supply.

Plastics aside, the interior is very spacious and accommodating for people of all sizes. The standard sound system is very powerful and does a great job of handling all types of music. The front cup holder can also be heated or cooled, going hand in hand with small trips to the local coffee shop.

Under the bonnet, a 2.4-litre, 4-cylinder engine developed in conjunction with Hyundai produces 125kW and 220Nm of torque. A 4-speed smooth shifting automatic gearbox with manual override delivers the power. The Sebring returns an above average fuel economy of 8.9-litres/100km. Although the interior road noise suppression is above average, a lot of noise still manages to come from the engine bay, making it a relatively noisy environment when the engine starts piling revs onboard.

The brakes, and response from the engine is very good. The Sebring also feels quite confident through corners, retaining composure and compliance when attempting corners with gusto. The steering is direct, while also retaining feedback. The steering wheel itself could do with a slightly better design though, as it’s tricky to hold at the ‘quarter to three’ position with confidence.

2007 Chrysler Sebring Touring Road Test

Starting at $33,990 for the Touring model, the two model range ends at the Limited, priced at $37,490. Standard Touring features include: Automatic climate control; 17” alloy wheels; auto dimming rear view mirror; cruise control; heated/cooled cup holder; central locking; heated and foldable exterior mirrors; AM/FM CD player with MP3 compatibility; fog lights; power windows; leather seats; heated front seats; power driver’s seat and tyre pressure monitoring system.

The Limited model receives (in addition to the Touring): 6-disc DVD MP3 CD player; headlamp washers; sunroof; 18” alloy wheels and 6-speaker Boston Acoustics sound system.

Safety features include: Electronic Stability Program (ESP); Brake Assist (BAS); Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD); driver and passenger airbags; driver and passenger side airbags; curtain airbags.

Starting at $33,990, the Sebring Touring offers very good value for money. An artillery of features, along with very generous interior and boot room would make the Sebring a wise purchase. If you can put the myriad of plastic to one side, the Sebring out-values its Japanese competition quite considerably.

If you are in the market for a new mid-sized sedan capable of moving the family around in style and comfort, check out the new Sebring, the size and features are bound to leave you surprised.

- by Paul Maric




  • Drac

    4-speed auto? Yuck

  • Plutonus

    OT: Someones screwed up the coding, the page is all messed up on Firefox.

  • Benjamin Everton

    Looks fine to me, Firefox 2.0.0.6.

  • arsenalroc

    U-G-L-Y
    nuf said

  • Aston

    UGLY! Looks like a car from the 1980′s

  • http://Toyota Blue Blood

    300c – Good
    Sebring- Fugly

  • Plutonus

    Benjamin – Looks fine now. Odd.

  • http://www.caradvice.com.au/ alborz

    I couldn’t imagine driving around in this car,
    its hideous!

  • JW

    It is hideous indeed. Tried to take inspiration from a Crossfire, which wouldn’t have won any beauty pageants to begin with.

    Add to that a poor plasticky interior, and I’d rather pick a plain old Camry, Accord or the like any day.

  • Foggy

    A Camry in drag :D

  • http://www.caradvice.com.au/ alborz

    JW, I actually love the look of the Xfire, its a very agressive car, but it doesnt work at all for a sedan like this.

  • Grumps

    Got a glimpse of one in the flesh and I didn’t think it looked too bad.

    Shame about the 4-speed though.

    The 6-cylinder will be a better option, although it could do with a bit more power as well.

  • Bdazzla-okhan

    i rekon it looks like a camry from the front and a subaru rexxie from the back

  • Paul

    The thing Ive noticed with Chryslers is they aernt very ‘photogenic’. They look better in the flesh, like I saw a Dodge Nitro the other day and I thought it looked quite good! The only major issues are their features (a 4 speed isnt good enough – which also applies the Corolla etc as well) and the interior not only the poor quality but to much plastic.

  • Duck

    Guys I have read heaps of things on the Chrysler Sebring, Car Tests etc. And it is crap. WHEELS Mag compared it to the Epica and Camry and it is said that it is worse than the epica!

  • Ryan

    Americans making terrible and ugly cars?
    Never saw that coming!

    The Hyundai built engine is about the only good thing in this car…

  • Nightshifter

    Ugly?? The Exterior?? no really… the interior is really hideous tho. I have driven this thing in the US, base model. Good engine response, 4speed was actually sufficient. The suspension was terrible tho….. I felt like I was steering a boat in the rough sea!

  • Mel

    I have one of these cars and have found it fantastic. I went from a Ford Territory Ghia to the Chrysler Sebring and have no complaints at all. Until you drive one, don’t comment!

  • http://www.lhuda.com/vb lhuda.net

    thank;s for all

  • John

    How are they for parts if something needs fixing. Do i have to sit around for weeks waiting for them to show up.

Chrysler Sebring Specs

TOURING : 2.4L MULTI POINT F/INJ - 4 SP AUTOMATIC - UNLEADED PETROL - 4D SEDAN
Car Details
Make
CHRYSLER
Model
SEBRING
Variant
TOURING
Series
JS
Year
2007
Body Type
4D SEDAN
Seats
5
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
MULTI POINT F/INJ
Engine Size
2.4L
Cylinders
INLINE 4
Max. Torque
220Nm @  4500rpm
Max. Power
125kW @  6000rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
82.8W/kg
Bore & Stroke
87.9x97mm
Compression Ratio
10.5
Valve Gear
VARIABLE DOUBLE OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
4 SP AUTOMATIC
Drive Type
FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
0
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
64
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
8.9L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1510
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1497mm
Length
4850mm
Width
1843mm
Ground Clearance
158mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:1000  Unbrake:0
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
11.1
Front Rim Size
6.5x17
Rear Rim Size
6.5x17
Front Tyres
215/60 R17
Rear Tyres
215/60 R17
Wheel Base
2765
Front Track
1570
Rear Track
1570
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC
Standard Features
Comfort
Automatic Air Con / Climate Control, Heated Front Seats, Power front seats
Control & Handling
17 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stability Program, Traction Control System
Driver
Cruise Control, Leather Steering Wheel, Power Steering
Entertainment
Radio CD with 6 Speakers
Exterior
Fog Lights - Front, Power Mirrors
Interior
Leather Trim, Power Windows
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Side Airbags, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats
Security
Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft, Central Locking Remote Control
Optional Features
Comfort
Power Sunroof
Entertainment
Premium Sound System
Exterior
Metallic Paint
Other
Service Interval
12 months /  12,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
10-N-17
Country of Origin
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA