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STYLING | 5 out of 10
“Unique styling…sets the Sebring apart”
Kelley Blue Book
“recall(s) a kindler, gentler Chrysler”
“lackluster performance and…a body to match”
“No Longer the Ugly Duckling, but Hardly a Swan”
Car and Driver
it's a good looker
Reviewers were split on the 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible’s style. Kelley Blue Book has praise for it, describing it as “elegant,” noting its “egg-crate” grille and large headlights. NY Newsday acknowledges it as a "good looker," but has little to say beyond that. Mother Proof describes the convertible as "sharp looking," but felt as if the design was targeted at older drivers with its "large grill" and "boxy feel." Cars.com discussed the “lean lines” that “stretch the convertible,” adding that the two-door convertible did not have the “squatty look of the sedan.”
More opinionated sources had an active dislike for the Chrysler Sebring Convertible’s shapes. Jalopnik was highly critical of this vehicle’s styling, commenting that “it took a keen eye, some serious hallucinogenic substances and a love of the George Foreman Grill to make the already ‘fugly’ Chrysler Sebring even less fetching.” The Los Angeles Times wrote a scathing indictment: “It makes me long for the exquisite craftsmanship of the Pontiac flipping G6…and the Sebring Convertible is homely, too.” The rear end is “cantilevered gracelessly over the rear wheels,” as if “it's had unholy congress with an El Camino.”
TheCarConnection.com has driven the Sebring Convertible extensively and has similar opinions about the Sebring Convertible inside and out. The new body design is choppy, ungainly, and unattractive with any of the available tops raised in place. Inside, the dash is a mishmash of shapes and textures, with some lines going retro and others trying to carve a modern look. Edmunds considers the styling OK—they praise an “ergonomically friendly art deco design that says Chrysler Building more than Chrysler car”—but are equally let down by textures and materials that degrade the styling that actually does work.
As Car and Driver said of the Sebring, Chrysler’s built a car with “a face only a manufacturer could love.”