2004 Chrysler Crossfire Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2004 Chrysler Crossfire - Road Test Specs

2004 Chrysler Crossfire Sedan

(3.2L V6 6-speed Manual)


Model year2004
Style2dr Sports Coupe (3.2L 6cyl 6M)
Base MSRP$34,495
As-tested MSRP$34,495


Drive typeRWD
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3.2
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)215 @ 5700
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)229 @ 3000
Transmission type6-speed manual


Suspension, frontIndependent double-wishbone, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent five-link, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Steering typePower recirculating ball
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelPilot Sport
Tire size, frontP225/40ZR18
Tire size, rearP255/35ZR19
Brakes, frontventilated front disc / solid rear disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.4
0-60 mph (sec.)6.9
0-75 mph (sec.)9.7
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.11 @ 93.78
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)28.42
60-0 mph (ft.)116.94
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)65.0
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)32.9
Sound level @ idle (dB)Not tested
@ Full throttle (dB)Not tested
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)Not tested

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsWhile this engine has plenty of midrange torque, it's pretty dead below 3,000 rpm. Normally the fix is to simply "rev it up" when trying to get maximum acceleration times. However, the Crossfire's large 19-inch Michelin Pilot rear tires are super sticky, which makes it almost impossible to spin the tires and keep the revs up. Instead, engine speed drops as the car lurches forward and bogs, then slowly climbs back into the meat of its power band which ends around 5,000 rpm despite the 6,000 rpm redline. The six-speed shifter works extremely well. Throws might be a tad too long for serious performance fans, but the shifter moves between gears with just the right amount of resistance and the synchros make rapid gear changes easy to execute. Add more low-end torque, and this drivetrain would be near perfect.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsThe brakes are both progressive and powerful. There was no discernable ABS noise or vibration under maximum braking, and the distances actually dropped with each of the three consecutive runs. At 117 feet from 60 mph the Crossfire is in near-supercar territory. There was a slight amount of pedal sink when ABS was invoked, but the pedal never came close to the floor so confidence remained high during emergency braking at the test track. On-road performance was just as impressive with easily modulated stopping power and no sign of fade after repeated heavy braking. It's hard to imagine these brakes being improved upon.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsThe Crossfire feels similar to the BMW Z4 and Mini Cooper in terms of its quick steering ratio and ultra-stable handling. There was basically no body lean (yet the car doesn't beat up its passengers over bumps), and third gear provided excellent midrange torque through the slalom. The ESP (electronic stability program) system was calibrated to provide a bit of body rotation before it kicked in, and when it did intervene, the effect was subtle rather than abrupt. Outward visibility isn't the Crossfire's strongest suit, but the car is so small and the steering is so precise that placing it between the cones was easy. Steering feel could be improved, but otherwise the car felt quick and stable through the slalom (and the numbers back up our impression). — Karl Brauer

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)85
Temperature (°F)82
Wind (mph, direction)1-2

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)Auto / Manual 17/25
Edmunds observed (mpg)21
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)15.9

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3060
Length (in.)159.8
Width (in.)68.9
Height (in.)50.7
Wheelbase (in.)94.5
Legroom, front (in.)42.7
Headroom, front (in.)36.9
Seating capacity2
Cargo volume (cu-ft)7.6
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)8


Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain7 years / 70,000 miles
Corrosion5 years / 100,000 miles
Roadside assistance3 years / 36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsNot available
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsbraking assist
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot available
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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