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The new Chrysler Sebring Convertible - Orlando / Florida Guide

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Two years ago in the summer of 2006 we organised, through the car rental pages of this website (http://www. orlandovillas. com/car_hire. aspx) , the hire of a Chrysler Sebring convertible. The family enjoyed the car so much that we felt that we must try and include a rental of the very latest version of this car launched in 2007.

On this occasion we chose to give Thrifty Car Rental a try and organised for collection at the Kissimmee office at the Radisson Parkway hotel. Once the paperwork was completed we were presented with a very nice looking metallic blue version with a black vinyl roof. The new model is available with a folding hard top but it is very unlikely that this will be available through the rental companies as it is a $2000 option on the more expensive models.

The first improvement we noticed in the vehicle was the even easier methodology required to open the roof. Where the previous model requires the unlatching of 2 handles at the top of the windscreen, the new model is now completely motorised. The roof is therefore lowered or raised electrically using only a single button.

Driving the new model is very pleasant and the ride was a good mixture of soft comfort whilst cruising, with a reassuring degree of firmness for competent cornering. The ergonomic design also makes the vehicle acceptably quiet with the roof down up to speeds of 50mph. With the roof up the vehicle manages to provide a very comfortable cabin experience. We were given the Sebring in its LX guise with the 2. 4 litre 4 cylinder engine. This engine, whilst not awe inspiring compared to the V6 model we had in 2006, was perfectly acceptable in a rental car and did offer the benefit of reasonable fuel economy. Chrysler produce the vehicle in a 2. 4 four cylinder, a 2. 7 V6 and a 3. 5 V6 engine. I would expect that the 2. 4 and 2. 7 will be the most common in the rental market, probably in the LX and Touring trim. There is also a ‘Limited’ trim which is unlikely to hit the rental market.

The interior, whilst a little plastic looking, had a well laid out design with all of the controls easily available to the driver. It was also very easy and quick to work out which controls were responsible for lights, wipers etc, something quite important in a rental car. The vehicle had very efficient manual air conditioning, comfortable supportive seats and a good in car stereo. The boot (trunk) space was adequate for a single suit case or for those important trips to the many Orlando shopping malls.

So, in conclusion, if you’re looking for a bit of fun I would recommend giving the Sebring convertible a try.

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