Sebring, the most modest of Chrysler's three sedan flavors, is a true American
staple. Sporting what Chrysler calls "athletic" performance, it shares
some enhancements for 2004 with its sibling coupe and top selling U.S. convertible.
in July, the three versions of this freshened '04 sedan are renamed Sebring, Touring
and the new Limited, replacing base LX and upscale LXi designations. Among changes
are an enhanced front end, with a prettier face, scalloped headlamps and a nattier
grille. Foglamps on the Limited version are deep set into the structurally-strengthened
2004, Chrysler has beefed up safety features with advanced occupant restraint
and a stronger body structure. The "Sentry Key" engine immobilizer to
deter theft is standard, and side airbags and anti-lock brake systems plus traction
control are available add-ons. The company proudly displays its NHTSA five-star
frontal crash safety rating and favorable frontal offset crash rating from the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
'04, the base includes an auto dimming rear view mirror, halogen headlamps, console
storage unit, and day/night rearview mirror and 16-inch wheels.
clad aluminum 16-inch wheels, an information screen and enhanced leather touches
are standard on the Limited. Two engines power this front-drive sedan, a low emissions
2.4 liter I-4, and a 2.7 liter V-6. For Northern climates, an optional engine
block and battery heater ban stalls on frigid mornings.
Sebring niche falls below the performance 300M (with a new satellite navigation
system) and Concorde in price. A five seater that more comfortably seats four
but has plenty of storage space, it offers a good value with a base listed around
$19,250 including destination charges.