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Although the Sebring doesn't quite deliver to the level of its rivals in a lot of respects, it doesn't skimp on safety. The Sebring was named an IIHS Top Safety Pick, with top crash-test results from that organization though the Sebring gets four stars in rear side crash protection from the feds. You’ll also need to mind your option boxes as with the four-cylinder engine electronic stability control is optional ($425). Front side airbags and side-curtain bags, as well as active head restraints, are standard.
For 2010, the Sebring sedan lineup is consolidated to two models: Touring and Limited. Both come with more equipment than the base models of rival models, but the Limited, which we tested, adds Bridgestone tires on 17-inch alloy wheels; power heated mirrors; a media-center sound system with six speakers and steering-wheel audio controls; heated front seats, a cushioned armrest, and some other upgraded details like aimable LED interior lamps and tortoise-shell steering-wheel and instrument-panel trim. The V-6 is an option on the Limited, for $2,250 (bringing sticker for the V-6 to $25,105).
Luckily, if you’re considering the Sebring on your shopping list, you have an easy way to test one out for a few days: rent one. It’s one of the most common mid-size sedans for rent in some of the major fleets, so put it through the paces.