2008 Chrysler Sebring E85
The Sebring has, at one time or another, been criticized on almost every front, from sub-par handling to poor fuel economy to faulty mechanics. Many of these inadequacies still ring true, especially with the sedan version of the car. But the two-door convertible Sebring combats some of its shortcomings with two big pluses. This open-air car now offers both a new retractable hardtop, as well as E85 flex-fuel capability with its V6 engine.
The new retractable hardtop provides all-season protection for America’s best-selling convertible. And the flex-fuel feature grants the vehicle the advantages of E85, in terms of lower fuel costs and cleaner emissions. Unfortunately, that’s where the ride ends. Transmission choices are limited, brakes are underpowered, interior materials are cheap and low-quality, and the drive-experience is anything but sporty or fun. So how is this America’s best-selling convertible? That’s a mystery.
Perhaps it all comes down to aesthetics. The Sebring convertible is eye-catching. Or perhaps there isn’t much in the way of competition. The Toyota Camry Solara is the closest competitor, and the Sebring offers more in the way of interior options. The Sebring’s ability to run on E85, and the lack of a convertible hybrid on the market, could put this vehicle on your list of cars to test drive.