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in 2009 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $8,488 - $10,780
Original MSRP: $20,515 - $35,125
MPG: 21 City / 30 Hwy
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2009 Chrysler Sebring Interior

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Chrysler has a problem with cheap interiors, and with its 2009 models, the automaker has begun an initiative to improve passenger cabins. Unfortunately, that project hasn't yet reached the Sebring. Reviewers still find serious panel gaps and cheap plastics throughout. One highlight is the available "Yes Essentials" fabric, which many reviewers praise for being stain resistant and pleasant to look at.

  • "Gauges are simple, though difficult to read at night. Climate controls are set too low for quick adjustment." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The design of the cabin is clean and ergonomically sound, but interior plastics are behind the curve for this price range." -- Edmunds
  • "Shoppers also might like the YES Essentials seat fabric that's offered as an option in the base Sebring and standard on the Touring model. It's stain-, fade- and even odor-resistant, according to Chrysler. I think it looks attractive, is pleasant to rest on-with none of the extreme hot and cold surfaces of leather-and can even be fitted over optional heated seats." -- MSN

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Seating

Reviewers say the front seats of the 2009 Sebring are adequately comfortable, and a stain-proof fabric offered on Touring and Limited editions is appreciated. But few think the back seat is roomy enough.

  • "The seats are narrow; the front row is too intimate with two people seated inside. The back is also narrow with limited hip and elbow room, but head room and leg room is plentiful, thanks to a wide opening under the front row seats. In essence, this may be the perfect car for tall, skinny drivers or those with longer than average legs, while wide shoppers may find the Sebring to be a little tight." -- Autoweb
  • "The seats were comfortable." -- About.com
  • "There's ample stretch room front and rear and above-average head room in back, though knee room there will be tight if the folks upfront are tall." -- Chicago Tribune

Interior Features

The ergonomic layout of the 2009 Sebring is up to class standards, according to most reviewers. Its available equipment list is extensive, and includes an optional 30-gigabyte infotainment system that some reviewers love. But many complain of hard plastics and poor build quality.

  • "Sebring's cabin materials are more sturdy than rich and feel notably down market of most midsize rivals. -- Consumer Guide
  • "The two-tone interior has a modern, upscale look. Most controls are easily reached and operated." -- MSN

Cargo

In the midsize class, the Sebring's 13.6-cubic-foot trunk is considered small.

  • "Short decklid and high liftover limit utility of the small but usefully shaped trunk." -- Consumer Guide

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