With a questionable sense of refinement in the looks department inside and out, the 2007 Chyrsler Sebring was up against some stiff competition back when it was released. Although, in the same sense it definitely sets itself apart from it’s competitors due to its unique looks. The nature of Chryslers offering may appeal to you if you’re looking for a whole bunch of features that weren’t commonly found in most midsize cars of its time.
A unique and feature-laden offering in the midsize sedan segment, the 2007 Chrysler Sebring is uniquely styled and comfortable to drive and be driven around in. The trunk is small, and the base engine is a little unrefined, but the long list of technology translates to a value-for-money buy.
Every midsize sedan on the market tries to be the most comfortable and convenient for passengers and drivers alike, and Chrysler’s attempt to add a host of tech features and a powerful engine to their midsize offering may have been a good recipe. Let’s see how the 2007 Chrysler Sebring stacks up.
The Ultimate Guide To The 2007 Chrysler Sebring
When it comes to popular family cars, the midsize sedan segment is the place to shop. Chrysler’s contribution is uniquely specified to compete at a luxury level with class leaders like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. The Sebring offers enough to warrant a second look.
The manufacturer has tried to step up its game by adding to the midsize Sebring’s outward appeal and throwing in some new-fangled features to make the cabin a comfortable place to spend time. And if the classic sedan isn’t to your liking, the Chrysler Sebring Convertible from the 2008 model year may be a little more appealing. Is this enough to truly get a foot in the door against rivals who seem to tick all the boxes, though?
The 2007 Chrysler Sebring Exterior
At its launch, the 2007 Chrysler Sebring was noted to be a ‘strikingly beautiful’ sedan with hints of both the beloved Chrysler 300 and the Crossfire in its DNA. The automaker notes that the Sebring draws on the 2003 Chrysler Airflite concept vehicle with its elegant lines and expressive aesthetic, and we’re in agreement that’s it aesthetically pleasing.
At the front, the Chrysler signature grille, uniquely styled hood, and oversized quad headlights help the Sebring to stand out. There is a chrome beltline molding and high-gloss blackouts on the B-pillars. Limited models get chrome-tipped exhausts that indicate the performance of the available 3.5-liter V6 engine.
16-inch wheels with wheel covers are standard on the LX model, while the upper two trims get 17-inch aluminum wheels off the bat. 18-inch items are optionally available for the top trims, but a sunroof can be added to all models in the range.
Size And Cargo Space Of The 2007 Chrysler Sebring
The Sebring’s new design promises to create more space inside than before, and despite a length of 190.6 inches, a wheelbase of 108.9 inches, and standing 59 inches tall, it’s pretty slender at only 71.2 inches in width. Curb weights range from around 3,300 pounds to almost 3,700 lbs. with AWD equipped.
Cargo volume for the 2007 Chrysler Sebring comes in at 13.6 cubic feet, which is relatively small for a sedan in this segment. The trunk is relatively shallow and isn’t as practical as one would like for a midsize sedan.
While cargo space may be a letdown, room for passengers is on the opposite end of the spectrum. With seating for five, the Sebring strives to create a comfortable space that touches on luxury and comfortable, although the overall design feels a little bland to us. Still, there’s ample room for everyone, minus the rear-middle passenger, which isn’t a problem restricted to only the Sebring.
Headroom up front is over 40 inches, while legroom for front occupants is a whopping 42.4 inches. The rear gets 38.4 inches of headroom and 36.2 inches to stretch out legs, which is satisfactory in this class. One point worth noting is the front passenger seat that can fold flat to create a worktop for a notebook on all but the base trim.
2007 Chrysler Sebring’s Cabin Look And Feel
Standard cloth upholstery covers the seats on the base model, while a Premium Cloth is used in the Touring. If you want leather, you’ll have to opt for the Limited models. The cabin offers either color-keyed soft-touch interior accents on the entry-spec trim or brushed aluminum on the Touring. Limited models have tortoiseshell accents for a unique look.
The layout is simplified and straightforward, and we like that it is uncluttered and ergonomic overall. However, it isn’t quite stand-out and will probably not age particularly well.
2007 Chrysler Sebring specs depend on which of the three powertrain options are equipped. The choice is between a 2.4-liter inline-four with variable valve timing and outputs of 72 horsepower and 165 lb-ft of torque. It’s available to all trim grades.
Second up is a 2.7-liter Flex Fuel V6 with 186 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque which can be used with gas and E85, also available to all trims.
The crème-de-la-crème of the range is the 3.5-liter V6 with 235 hp and 232 lb-ft, exclusive to the Limited.
All models are front-wheel drive by default, but the Limited has access to an all-wheel-drive setup. The base two trims come with a standard four-speed auto, while the Limited with the 3.5-liter V6 gets a new six-speed auto box with manual shifting capability.
Sebring’s Driving Feel
The Sebring isn’t an enthusiast car, and it’s important to note that right off the bat. But it is competent, compliant, and easy to drive. Commuting is seamless for the most part, although the powertrains aren’t as refined as what you may find in some competitors. Still, from a standing start, take-off is easy, especially with the bigger engine.
There is a good steering feel behind the wheel, and going through corners isn’t a problematic affair. The Sebring handles with confidence and feels perfectly suited to the daily commute. There’s not much to thrill you here, but that’s what the extended features list is for.
Gas mileage is entirely on par for the segment, with the most frugal powertrain being the base 2.4-liter with the four-speed automatic. The EPA rates it at 21/29/24 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycles. Moving up to the 2.7-liter sees these figures dip to 19/27/22 mpg, while the E85 Flex Fuel option manages 13/20/16 mpg.
The burly V6 is the heaviest gas drinker, earning ratings of 16/26/19 mpg on the same cycles. Depending on which motor is equipped, the range from the 16.9-gallon gas tank is between 321 and 406 miles, according to the EPA.
The 2007 Chrysler Sebring truly comes into its own is with features and technology. Outshining competitors in what it offers as standard, the Sebring comes with manual air conditioning, a 12-volt console-mounted power outlet, power windows, AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo system, Sirius Satellite radio, and four speakers on the base model.
One step up to the 2007 Chrysler Sebring Touring adds LED lamps to the front and rear of the vehicle and a six-speaker sound system. At the top of the range, the Limited models get automatic climate control, an automatic garage door opener, auto-dimming rearview mirror, eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, an upgraded sound system with a six-speaker CD changer, and an audio setup courtesy of Boston Acoustics.
The Limited also gets the Electronic Vehicle Information Center, which allows the pilot to set up a menu including temperature, a compass, trip computer, and tire pressure monitoring. These standard feature lists may seem simple, but the available options are more impressive, including:
- Uconnect Hands-free Communication with Bluetooth and wireless telephone connection
- Voice memo recording ability, allowing the driver to record three-minute notes using a microphone integrated into the rearview mirror
- A 20-gigabyte hard disc for music and media
- Rear-seat DVD entertainment system
- Heated and cooled cupholder up front
- Heated seats
2007 Chrysler Sebring Safety Scores
With an equally long list of safety features, the Sebring earned top scores from NHTSA – three crash tests scored full marks, the rollover test scored four out of five, while the side crash test on the passenger side earned three stars. The IIHS felt similarly, awarding three top scores of good and two of acceptable.
Standard and available safety tech include a full suite of airbags, stability and traction control, brake assist, daytime running lamps, tire pressure monitoring, ABS, and the Uconnect hands-free system that helps keep the driver’s attention on the road.
2007 Chrysler Reliability And Problems
Family sedans naturally need to be reliable and safe, and in this regard, there are some concerns to note. 2007 Chrysler Sebring problems reported to the NHTSA resulted in seven recalls for the sedan.
Issues that are noted for recall include the electrical connectors for the tire pressure monitoring system being problematic, a left radiator cooling fan issue, potential failure of the front door latch cable, issues with the front seat track position sensors, the heating, ventilation, and air-con module being faulty, as well as an ABS control module problem. Issues with the hood latch were also reported.
Chrysler Sebring 2007 Price And Value
In 2007, the Chrysler Sebring entry-level model went on sale for an MSRP of $18,995. Top-of-the-range trims kitted out with the big V6 and all-wheel drive extended into the $30k mark, with additional packages upping the price further. At the time, the price was reasonable considering the value to be found from all the features.
As a used model, the 2007 Chrysler Sebring can cost anywhere from $3k to $10k, depending on feature content and how well it was looked after.
Our Verdict on the 2007 Chrysler Sebring
Although not the most exciting car to drive, the Sebring came to the market offering loads of features, a range of powerful engines, a good ride on the highway, and average fuel consumption figures. The base engines are frugal but not the most exciting in the range, and the trunk is undoubtedly on the small side.
But overall, the 2007 Chrysler Sebring opened the doorway for manufacturers to add a lot more technology and features to the sedan segment. This paved the way for modern car marvels, fully loaded with everything needed to keep occupants safe, comfortable, and entertained.
Finding a Sebring today that has had all recall work attended to and comprehensive maintenance history is a good find for those shopping on the used market.