Review: 2006 Chrysler Sebring

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Having been produced for years, the Sebring should serve well, as any production issues should have been worked by now. Nevertheless, resale value has taken a hit due to the domestic automakers offering incentives over the past three years. The standard warranty is hardly class leading, at three years/36,000 miles, but similar to most of Chrysler's rivals. Check the IntelliChoice Five-Year Cost of Ownership closely, as many Sebring models and trim levels fall in the "Worse than Average" or "Poor" ratings range.

Sebring is a decent, midsize car line that has held on for years without a significant redesign, amid newer, exceptional competitors. The new TSi is notable for bringing sport to the range, but the standout is the four-place convertible. This drop-top has been a leading seller, with precious few true competitors.

What's Hot

  • Safety ratings
  • Sporty TSi sedan
  • Roomy, comfortable convertible

    What's Not

  • Safety features cost extra
  • Neither exciting nor refined drive
  • Trapped in time, showing age at all corners

    For 2006, there are only minor trim and color changes to the two body styles.

    The standard four-cylinder engine is a bit feeble, so go with the V-6-engined versions. The Limited editions are nicely appointed vehicles, but look closely at the other trims to find the right match for your equipment needs and budget. If available on the trim level you choose, specify ABS and traction control, as these are essential safety features.

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