By KBB.com Editors
Looking for an affordable drop-top that allows you to both comfortably seat four adults and fit their luggage in the trunk? In an era of shrinking cars, you can still find such a vehicle in the 2010 Chrysler Sebring Convertible. While other convertibles like the Ford Mustang or the Volkswagen Eos may offer a sportier driving experience and are more refined inside, the Sebring has plenty of charm on its own, and offers options you won't see anywhere else - like heated and cooled cup holders to keep drinks at the ideal temperature.You'll Like This Car If...
The 2010 Chrysler Sebring Convertible can be customized just about anyone's lifestyle, offering four-cylinder or V6 engines, a variety of audio and entertainment choices, and the option of a hard top.You May Not Like This Car If...
The Sebring Convertible's interior isn't as refined as in other convertibles in the segment – like the Volkswagen Eos or the Ford Mustang Convertible – and its base four-cylinder engine/four-speed automatic combination leaves much to be desired.What's New for 2010
For 2010, the Chrysler Sebring Convertible gets a smoother hood design and a new instrument gauge cluster. Front seat active head restraints have also been added to the car's list of safety features.Driving It Driving Impressions
The 2010 Chrysler Sebring Convertible isn't as sporty as the Volkswagen Eos, nor does it have a "cool" factor like the Ford Mustang convertible, but it could suit those looking for an open-air cruiser. We found that the Sebring's soft suspension made for a comfortable ride and the 3.5-liter V6 engine that our tester came equipped with delivered enough power to pass lazy cars and go up hills effortlessly. The cloth top made the cabin surprisingly quiet, and even when retracted, wind noise was not a problem, especially with the windscreen up. The leather seats left something to be desired as we thought they were stiff. However, with options like the Uconnect entertainment and navigation system, along with the heated/cooled cup holders and hard top, the Sebring Convertible offers a lot for the money.Favorite Features
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.
Hard Convertible Top
The optional hard top gives the Sebring a sportier look than the standard cloth top.
Inside the 2010 Chrysler Sebring Convertible, you'll find stain-resistant cloth seating, and aluminum accents. For those that want a more upscale look, leather and tortoise shell accents are also available. The Sebring Convertible's rear seat offers more room than those in the Volkswagen Eos and Ford Mustang, and the integrated seat belts in the front seats make it easy for rear seat passengers to get in and out. Optional tech extras – like the available Uconnect infotainment with navigation system and Bluetooth connectivity, and the heated/cooled cupholders – are nice additions to the cabin.Exterior
The Sebring Convertible shares the same front fascia as the Sedan, but only having two doors, the side and rear profiles take on a shape all their own. It is three inches longer than its four-door sibling, which allows for adequate cargo space in the trunk even when the roof is retracted. Chrysler claims the trunk is still big enough to fit two golf bags when the top is down. The addition of an optional hardtop gives the Sebring a more coupe-like feel, and the C-pillar has been reduced in size for better blindspot visibility when the top is up.Notable Standard Equipment
A base 2010 Chrysler Sebring LX Convertible includes a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with a four-speed automatic transmission, side seat-mounted airbags, power windows/locks/mirrors, remote keyless entry, six-disc CD player with an auxiliary jack and six speakers, power driver and passenger seats, 16-inch tires with full wheel covers, a hard tonneau cover and an automatic latching vinyl or cloth top.Notable Optional Equipment
The most notable options available for the Sebring Convertible are the retractable hard top, 3.5-liter V6 engine and the Uconnect entertainment, navigation and communication system. Also available are heated/cooled cupholders, remote start, heated front seats, heated/cooled cupholders, a windscreen, Boston Acoustics speaker system and an Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with traction control.Under the Hood
The Sebring Convertible's base four-cylinder engine delivers highway mileage of up to 29 miles per gallon, the Limited trim's 3.5-liter V6 offers 235 horsepower, and the Touring's 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. Unlike the Sebring Sedan, the Convertible does not offer a four-wheel-drive powertrain.
2.4-liter in-line 4
173 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
166 lb.-feet of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/29
186 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
191 lb.-ft of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/26 (Gas); 13/19 (E85)
235 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
232 lb.-ft of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/26
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2010 Chrysler Sebring Convertible ranges from $28,500 for the base LX trim to about $33,500 for the Limited trim; a Limited trim with the hard top option and Uconnect navigation system goes for about $36,500. To get the best deal, be sure to take a look at the Fair Purchase Price before heading to the dealership to see what consumers in your area are currently paying for their Sebring convertible. Compared with drop-top offerings from Ford and Volkswagen, the Sebring Convertible's higher feature content at any given price is countered in part by lower projected resale values.