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Avg. Price Paid:$6,806 - $9,663
Original MSRP: $19,840 - $32,715
MPG: 21 City / 30 Hwy
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2008 Chrysler Sebring Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Chrysler Sebring was new.

Most automotive writers commend the 2008 Sebring's interior for its modernity and spaciousness. However, some still express concern that it does not keep up with the cabins of its class. AutoWeek reports that "the new Chevrolet Malibu, the Saturn Aura and even the Ford Fusion look richer inside. Even if you'd aimed at the Hyundai Sonata, you'd do better than this."

Edmunds continues the thought: "The design of the cabin is clean and ergonomically sound, but interior plastics are behind the curve for this price range." Carz Unlimited says the Sebring's cabin "is defined by a simple control layout, comfortable front seats and mediocre materials."

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Seating

Reviewers like U.S. News' Rick Newman describe the five-seater Sebring as "spacious for a car that starts under $20,000, making it a reasonable choice for families." The Detroit News decides that the cabin "is roomier than its predecessor and now ranks in the same league as the Accord, Camry and Ford Fusion." Similarly, Edmunds praises the Sebring for having "as much headroom and legroom as any sedan in this class."

Most say the rear seat is adequate. Carz Unlimited writes, "The rear seat is spacious enough to accommodate a pair of adults, although the seat-bottom cushion is a bit too low for comfort and the outboard head restraints are nonadjustable." However the Detroit News says: "Despite being roomy enough for two adults, the back seat can feel a little cramped. The rising beltline, the line where the body ends and the windows begin, work against backseat passengers. They can see out, but they can't rest their arms along the top of the belt line. They're relegated to second-class status."

Interior Features

Although critics agree that the restyled Chrysler Sebring's cabin is significantly better designed than previous models, reviews like Edmunds still wish for better. "Sparsely equipped and hastily furnished, previous-generation Sebrings felt like rental cars on the inside," the review says. "Chrysler addressed both issues during the redesign, although materials quality still won't threaten the import-brand leaders." Car and Driver finds something different. Although its reviewer does admit that the base model "won't blow anyone away in terms of feature content," an upgrade to the Touring model provides Yes Essentials fabric with a stain repellent "that, we're told, is impervious to pretty much anything from ketchup to grease to exploded Sharpie markers."

The Sebring does boast a feature that's recognized as a favorite in reviews -- the higher trims' cup holders that can keep hot beverages steaming at 140 degrees and maintain the chill on the cold ones at 35 degrees. The Car Connection calls this touch "hallmark Americana." However, Autosite notices that the buttons to control the temperature are hidden from view.

Other standard features include power windows, six-way power seats, an auxiliary 12-volt power outlet as well as a center console 12-volt power outlet, an electroluminescent instrument cluster and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel.

Stereo and Entertainment

Several reviewers make note of the Sebring's radio. Buyers have an option for the MyGIG multimedia infotainment system, complete with a USB port for downloading and sharing media files, a GPS navigation system, SIRIUS real-time traffic reporting and satellite radio, DVD playback and an audio jack. With its 20-gigabyte hard drive, The Car Connection especially likes having "no CDs, no iPod to worry about." Automobile.com also has kind words, stating that "this all-in-one system provides functionality and technology never before seen at this level and size of vehicle."

Navigation

When using MyGIG's navigation function, Edmunds is impressed that "it only takes a few minutes to figure out how to enter an address … thanks to simple menus and instructions." Allpar.com also appreciates the simplicity. "The navigation system now uses a touch-screen, with an optional 3D view, and is easier to use than in the past."

Cargo

Reviewers decide it's going to be a tight squeeze fitting cargo into the 2008 Chrysler Sebring. As Edmunds gripes, the trunk volume is 13.6 cubic feet, "a low number for this segment." To Consumer Guide, the trunk is "small but usefully shaped." Unfortunately, its reviewers are among the many to complain of a high liftover to load the space, further limiting its utility.

Allpar.com and others appreciate the in-cabin stowage. "The last generation had many places to store small objects, like EZ-Pass devices; the current version has fewer places to put things, but still probably enough, with door map pockets, the two-level central bin, and the vestigial ashtray-like area," they say.

Review Last Updated: 9/14/11

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