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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
Low-slung seating demands effort to enter
“The interior is cramped”
“You're cocooned inside”
Though the cabin has a decidedly sporty and somewhat cramped feel, the ride is more akin to that of a sedan. ConsumerGuide calls the 2008 Chrysler offering "among the most-comfortable two-seat sports cars" on the market today. Cars.com points out “Only two occupants fit inside the Crossfire's twin-cockpit interior,” and Kelley Blue Book observes in the coupe, "a rear bulkhead prevents the seats from reclining when they are fully retracted"; they also consider the cockpit to be "cramped,” as does Edmunds. “You're cocooned inside, with a high beltline rising toward the rear, a sloping roof, and a pinched view out the back,” Automobile reports. “The center console is fairly large, but the cabin is wide enough not to feel confining. Tall drivers who need to push the seat far back may find the headliner too close, however.”
“As for cargo space, it's at a premium,” Edmunds reports, “not surprising given the Crossfire's intimate two-seat layout.” Automobile adds, “A high bulkhead immediately aft of the front seats precludes tossing anything behind them, and there's only 7.6 cubic feet of cargo space under the rear hatch.”
“To Chrysler's credit, though, the Crossfire's interior is pleasing enough to the eye, what with its two-tone color scheme and abundant metallic trim,” Edmunds says. “However, that trim is really just silver-painted plastic for the most part, and there's no dressing-up that old Mercedes stereo's undersized buttons and mediocre sound quality.” ConsumerGuide feels the interior use of silver plastic is an "inexcusable move given this car's price." Automobile comments, “The switch-gear works flawlessly, the surfaces are attractive, and the silver trim brightens things up,” though.
ConsumerGuide notes "fairly high wind noise above 65 mph" and "more so in the convertible."
The 2008 Chrysler Crossfire is a tight squeeze for adults and their stuff—and the metallic trim inside is just a brilliant disguise.