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2007 Chrysler Sebring Sedan

by Martha Hindes

2007 Chrysler Sebring
2007 Chrysler Sebring Interior

Chrysler calls it "inspiration in the common car." We'll resist the temptation to call it "300 Junior." Smaller in scale, sleeker in line, a little less blunt nosed than Chrysler's popular 300 flagship sedan, it still has a dominant characteristic accented by what could be called streak lines flowing back from the winged logo above the grille that give it a sense of plowing through anything in its path.

The "it" is the mid-size, front-drive Sebring, a welcome revision of the auto with the legendary racing name from Chrysler for 2007. It's a strong, athletic yet supple style, designed to go international.

While the Sebring is a visual departure from the previous generation model, what's inside electronically is equally intriguing. Anchored by a "cutting edge" Harmon/Kardon system that combines entertainment, information and safety navigation, it captures our attention away from such amenities as cabin air-filtration system, optional heated leather seats and available remote start.

Inside, touch screen or voice activated nav system can splash 65,000 colors for a three dimensional look for graphics and animation, with various font styles and sizes. It's the closest thing to a computer on the road with a 20-gig hard drive, USB port connector for downloading music or JPEG visuals, and the ability to record a three-minute voice message. Song identification, selection and playlists can be programmed in. SIRIUS Satellite Radio adds 100 cross-country stations. And Bluetooth connectivity allows uninterrupted phone communications. Even the radio screen can play a movie when the vehicle is stopped.

Underhood, power comes Chrysler's fuel conserving 2.4-liter "World Engine" (23/31 MPG), a 2.7-liter flex-fuel four (22/29), or available 3.5-liter V6 with six-speed automatic (19/28). Base pricing starts at $19,120 including $675 destination charge. The top-line Limited edition starts at $24,110.

Inside, the front cupholder can heat a beverage to 140 degrees Fahrenheit or chill it to a near-freezing 35 degrees. (No more tepid coffee or cola.) For those with active electrical fields around them (your RTM reviewer among them), there's an anti-static cloth seat. (Maybe those nasty little static electricity jolts can be a thing of the past.)