Dodge, Chrysler Reduce Sedan Trim Levels, Pricing


While many have written Chrysler off as irrelevant, the company remains a major producer and marketer of automobiles. Today, the company announced some last-minute fine-tuning of its 2009 vehicle lineup.

The changes affect the Dodge Avenger, Chrysler 300 and Chrysler Sebring. Chrysler has essentially eliminated the base trim level for these three sedans, basically resulting in a discount on each model compared to last year’s model with the same content. Like Honda, Toyota and Ford, Chrysler now offers its four-cylinder powertrain across all midsize sedan trims.

The company also appears to be distinguishing the two brands more than before. The Sebring now costs more and is better-equipped compared to the Avenger. Same goes for the difference between a 300 and a Charger.

Check out the detailed changes for each model below:

2009 Dodge Avenger

SE: discontinued

SXT: $20,515 ($1,000 less than 2008 model)

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls
  • Antilock brakes
  • Premium cloth seats   

R/T (I-4): $22,050

  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Heated seats and heated mirrors

R/T (V-6): $24,255 ($1,000 less than 2008 model)

  • 18-inch alloy wheels with performance tires
  • Dual exhaust
  • Sports-tuned suspension and steering
  • Six-speed automatic transmission

2009 Chrysler Sebring

LX: Discontinued

Touring: Discontinued

Limited Sedan (I-4): $22,640 ($3,000 less than 2008 model)

  • Leather interior with tortoiseshell accents
  • Heated seats
  • Power driver’s seat
  • Automatic climate control
  • Heated/cooled cupholders

Limited Sedan (V-6): $24,890 ($3,500 less than 2008 model)

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Dual exhaust
  • Six-speed automatic transmission

*Prices do not include $740 destination charge. Higher trim includes previous content.

2009 Chrysler 300

LX: discontinued

Touring: $26,665 (about $2,000-$3,000 less than 2008 models)

  • Automatic headlamps with fog lamps
  • Leather interior
  • Automatic dual-zone climate control
  • Antilock brakes with traction control
  • Electronic stability control

Other 300 models remain at the same content level and price.

*Prices do not include $750 destination charge. Higher trim includes previous content.

By Colin Bird | November 4, 2008 | Comments (4)


Andy B

I visited the Chrysler webiste last night and noticed the limited selection.

Clicking on the models tab for the Chrysler 300, there was no model under $40k.

The positive aspect of this is that these models will go out with the last ones being the very best the company has to offer.

The Walter P. Chrysler editions are some of the nicest, respectable, and stately trims available for these models.

A 4-cylinder Avenger "R/T"? sweeeet (sarcasm)

A 4-cylinder Avenger "R/T"? sweeeet (sarcasm)

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