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2009 Chrysler Sebring

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2009 Chrysler Sebring Review

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Accounting for more than one in every four passenger cars sold, the midsize sedan market remains the most popular in the country. Currently, the segment consists of the class leaders, the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, and a host of "category alternatives," some of which are more compelling than others. Lately, though, it seems almost every new or redesigned entry shows up to the party with a combination of attributes attractive enough to merit consideration. Chrysler's entry, the Sebring Sedan, has not lived up to expectations, partly due to stiff domestic competition from both the Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu, but also because of perceived weaknesses in the areas of interior quality and engine noise, both of which Chrysler has addressed with the 2009 model. Still, the Sebring does offer standout styling and some of the most compelling features available in the category.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like the balanced nature of a midsize sedan but want or need some of the in-cabin goodies not traditionally available in the segment, the Sebring might be just the car for which you've been waiting. Unique styling also sets the Sebring apart from the crowd.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Sebring sedan's overall sense of refinement doesn't match the Honda Accord's or Toyota Camry's, or even that of some domestic rivals like the Saturn Aura.

What's New for 2009

Dark Slate Grey interior color and a new acoustic insulation package mark the major changes for the 2009 Sebring. All models receive luxury floor mats, an air filtration system, four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) and sunglass holder, while Touring and Limited trims receive more standard equipment.

Driving the Sebring
Driving Impressions

Although the 2009 Sebring is a vast improvement over Chrysler's previous mid-size entries of late, the car still falls short of the standards set by Honda, Toyota and even Hyundai....

... And on the list of things we do like about the Sebring, its ride and handling characteristics aren't at the top. Compared to a direct competitor like the Saturn Aura, for instance, the Sebring is neither as comfortable on the highway nor as eager on a winding road. Furthermore, the cabin isn't as quiet and the powertrains aren't as smooth. On all those fronts the Sebring is far beyond acceptable, however, especially for anyone attracted more by its styling and amenities. In fact, loaded up with uconnect tunes, uconnect studio with rear-seat DVD system and the heated and cooled cupholder, some could argue that the Sebring offers the most stuff for the money in the entire segment.

uconnect tunes
This optional hard drive-based system includes navigation with real-time traffic information, MP3/WMA music and JPEG image uploading, a high-speed USB 2.0 port, auxiliary audio input, voice recognition, voice message recording and playback, Bluetooth hands-free cell phone connectivity and more.

Rear-seat Entertainment
The Sebring's rear-seat DVD video system – the first offered in a midsize sedan – includes dual headphones plus audio, gaming and SIRIUS Backseat TV capability.

2009 Chrysler Sebring Details
Interior

With a passenger cabin defined by clean, contemporary styling and a generous helping of metallic-looking trim (plus an abundance of average-grade plastics), the Sebring might not be as warm or welcoming as some of its competitors, but it's comfortable and attractive nonetheless. Complementing a host of available in-cabin technologies is a fold-flat passenger's seat that can make laptop work easier (or help accommodate longer cargo). In between the base cloth and available leather seating, the Sebring offers an exceptionally stain-resistant seat fabric. Limited models get a touch of tortoise shell-like trim and a heated/cooled cup holder.

Exterior

Before its introduction, many figured the new Sebring would show up looking something like a scaled-down version of the larger Chrysler 300 Sedan that has been such a big hit for the automaker. According to company officials, however, that car's bold look just didn't downsize well. Instead, the Sebring adopts the general styling direction that now defines more than half the vehicles in the Chrysler lineup, a look that includes the grille, headlamps and distinctive hood strakes that made their debut on the Chrysler Crossfire two-seater. Limited trim-level models are differentiated by chrome door handles, fog lamps and dual chrome exhaust outlets.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A base Sebring LX includes a six-CD/DVD/MP3/SIRIUS Satellite Radio sound system with auxiliary input jack, air conditioning, power windows/locks/mirrors, remote keyless entry, cruise control, four-way adjustable steering wheel, delayed-off headlamps, cloth seats and 16-inch covered steel wheels. Standard safety equipment includes front, front-side and side-curtain airbags and four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS). The Touring adds an eight-way power driver's seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, traction control, premium headliner with aimable LED map lights and 17-inch wheels. Limited models include heated leather front seats, automatic climate control, a Boston Acoustic sound system and remote start.

Optional Equipment

The highlight of the Sebring's optional equipment list is the comprehensive uconnect navigation, entertainment and communication system. Other standouts include a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, SIRIUS Back Seat TV, Bluetooth hands-free cell phone connectivity, heated and cooled cup holder, six-speed automatic transmission with Auto Stick manual shift feature, 2.7-liter flex fuel or 3.5-liter V6 engines, all-wheel drive (Limited trim only), heated front seats, leather seats and a power glass sun roof.

Under the Hood

The Sebring's base four-cylinder engine delivers highway mileage of up to 30 miles per gallon, the range-topping 3.5-liter V6 offers 235 horsepower and the 2.7-liter V6 balances the economy and power of the two while offering the Flex-Fuel capability of running on gasoline, E85 ethanol or any mixture of both. The 3.5-liter benefits from a six-speed automatic transmission with Auto Stick manual-shift capability, while the other engines are matched to a traditional four-speed automatic.

2.4-liter in-line 4
173 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
166 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/30 (Sedan), 20/29 (Convertible)

2.7-liter V6
186 horsepower @ 5500 rpm
191 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/26 (gas) 12/19 (E85)

3.5-liter V6
235 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
232 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/27 (FWD)

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2009 Chrysler Sebring Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.7
Out of 10

Based on 311 Ratings for the 2007 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.0/10
    Quality
    7.8/10
  • Reliability
    8.2/10
    Performance
    7.8/10
  • Comfort
    8.2/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

Reliable!!

By on Thursday, May 5, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,800

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Very reliable vehicle, easy to handle comfortable and good on gas. A little noisy, but will recommend this vehicle."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Beautiful Lemon

By on Thursday, April 7, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 67,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "It's a red convertible, what's not to love?"

Cons: "COMPLETELY undependable!!!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Took a loan out for this vehicle in May of last year (still owe $15,000 for it). I have had NOTHING but trouble with this vehicle!!! What good is a vehicle if it won't start?? Have replaced the battery 4 TIMES in 10 months!! And it's a slowwww painful depletion of the battery, purchased a jumper battery in the event that it won't start (on my way to work, on my way home from work at 3am are my favorite times to turn the ignition and nothing...). Went to trade in the stupid thing and because of the balance I owe on this there's not enough equity in any vehicle to make the trade worthwhile to a bank! So now I have 2 car payments and this one sits... in my garage... busted... I've taken it to several mechanics who can find nothing wrong with it. Google reviews tell me that this is a very common problem with this car. WISH I had done my homework before being swooned by this beauty."

2 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Very nice, reliable vehicle

By on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

I owned and sold this car
Reason: totalled

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Reliable, looks, value"

Cons: "not a lot of bells/whistles compared to todays car"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I had this car for almost 6 years. Very reliable, not a lot of frills but was a very durable car and got decent gas mileage."

8 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Best Car Ever

By on Sunday, August 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The Car is great it feels safe, luxury minded and is very reliable. Has been always been to the dealership for all its maintenance I have all the papers in date order. I have to sell it because my husband passed away in Oct/2014 and he owned a Crysler 300C HEMI which I am going to keep."

26 people out of 42 found this review helpful

great convertible for the money.

By on Monday, June 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great car, fun to drive in the sun."

Cons: "no steering wheel controls"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought the 4cyl, Chrysler seems to have trouble with their 2.7 6cyl. I have had no problem with the 4 cyl. except of course not quite enough power at take off, other than that, it is a great car. Only other complaint is that there is no steering wheel radio, etc. controls. I wish that I would have bought the hard top convt. instead of the soft top convt."

21 people out of 39 found this review helpful

A little better than decent

By on Wednesday, April 8, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 83,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great gas mileage, great deal on price"

Cons: "quality, slow "get up""

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"My 2009 Sebring is a car that gets me to and fro. The quality however, is bad. I have nicknamed it "the bailout car" because the model year is when the auto industry here got the govt bailout. The engine light is constantly on (mostly for no reason). I've had to get a few things replaced on it due to parts being bad at manufacturing and no fault of my own. It's a little slow on the ramp up too. It does get great gas mileage and it's never stopped working on me. I just wish under the hood was better."

14 people out of 26 found this review helpful

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