Chrysler PT Cruiser
Review: If you like the way the PT Cruiser looks, you'd better move
fast, as it probably won't be around much longer. This iconic Chrysler,
one of the brand's most popular cars when it was introduced 10 years
ago, was scheduled for a timely death in 2009. The New Chrysler
Corporation decided to bring it back for one more year as a 2010 model,
this time dubbed the PT Cruiser Classic.
That "Classic" badge is
actually a nice way of saying this is a car that hasn't been updated in
a long, long time. Yes, there have been a few facelifts along the way,
but the 2010 PT Cruiser has essentially the same bones as the original
version, that debuted a decade ago. It's really an old car with new
shiny paint. Still, if you like the way the PT Cruiser looks, and a lot
of people do, this is probably your last chance to go out and buy a
brand new one.
The PT Cruiser was a
revolutionary car when it was introduced. It had head-turning style with
the look of a classic American hot rod, along with a very practical,
family friendly cabin. It brought retro styling to the masses with its
affordable price and useful four-door layout and one-piece trunk lid.
Today's PT Cruiser
doesn't snap necks like it used to, mainly because it's been such an
overwhelming success. Since it was introduced Chrysler has sold more
than 1.3 million of these cars in 60 countries around the world, which
took its unusual looks right into the mainstream. It's no longer weird
to see one.
never nurtured the PT with the updates and redesigns it deserved. The
changes through the years have been relatively minor, with the exception
of the turbocharged and convertible variants that were added.
Drive a PT Cruiser
today and you'll see why the term "Classic" isn't such a good thing.
It's not as supple and refined as the small crossover vehicles that have
become popular recently, feeling more choppy, noisy and rough than the
And it’s not a fast
car, especially now that the turbo model has been eliminated. The only
engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 150 horsepower. It's an
engine that Chrysler describes as "time-tested," and that's the truth.
That's the exact same amount of power it produced when the PT Cruiser
was introduced in March of 2000.
So, after all this, why
would you think about buying one? Simple. It's a bargain. The PT Cruiser
Classic is only available in one trim level, starting at $18,995. It's a
handsome car with lots of chrome jewelry and body-color bumpers, which
make it look timeless. And it's nice enough on the inside with the
special-color trim that make it look like a custom hot rod.
You'll also get
reassurance from the recent J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality
Survey. The PT Cruiser was rated tied for first place in model year
2009. So with well over a million plus copies sold the PT Cruiser
Classic has plenty of reasons to brag before it retires.
What was tested?
The 2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Classic with a base price of $18,995.
Options on the test car: None. Total MSRP price as tested: $18,995.
Why avoid it? It
hasn't had a thorough update since it was introduced a decade ago, and
you can no longer get the turbocharged model, so acceleration is
Why buy it? It
has the classic look of a PT Cruiser, which is not only unique, but also
surprisingly useful and practical.
By Derek Price ©
AutoWire.Net - San Francisco
The Bottom Line:
Chrysler's 2010 PT Cruiser Classic looks essentially the same as it did
10 years ago. This timeless design is unmistakably retro, and it made an
impression on more recent automotive history by inspiring several
copycats. In some ways it's a forerunner to the crossover vehicles that
are becoming more popular today. It's still a practical car, with good
dimensions, for squeezing the most usable volume out of a compact shape.
Review provided by: Tony Leopardo © AutoWire.Net
“Tony the Car Guy”
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