Chrysler PT Cruiser Review

Posted on 14. Mar, 2006 by in Auto News

When Chrysler introduced its PT Cruiser in 2001, it was celebrated as a fun, versatile retro-mobile. The Toyota Matrix / Pontiac Vibe twins, Mazda 3 and Chevrolet HHR under (aka 'me-too Cruiser') them: While sales remained relatively robust, virtually every car manufacturer has introduced the cruiserweight class a new or revised little car. Even the cruiser's parent company, the genre-bending five-door Caliber has introduced. Despite the pig pile on PT, DaimlerChrysler has only given the Cruiser's very first update for 2006. Is this a case of a funeral director doing a little touch-up work before closing the casket, or the PT has longer legs than the fashion police have led consumers to believe?

Few would argue that the PT Retrosexual curves well not even take place when fellow cruisers long the whole brotherhood thing light flashes have outgrown. But the front, DaimlerChrysler makeover artists have reworked the lower valance to questionable effect. While the original PT is underflow looked like an extension of the shield-shaped radiator grille, the new design at once more conventional and less harmonious, chrome trimmings, scalloped headlamps and fog create new look is change for the sake of it. In our case, the PT now legendary two-box profile rides on 'chrome clad' nine spokers (16 'alloys with a glossy lid screwed) and shiny side moldings. Out back, the song remains the same, with new clear-element taillights and a larger chromium (natch) exhaust. The overall effect is that of a gangster mobile playful packaging cap guns. In the case of our Electric Blue Limited, chrome ones "go for Baroque." (We'll leave the bling-laden '2 CK Quick Order Package marked 'on the order form and pocket the $ 3,200, thanks)

DCX was inside the PT larger, chrome-ringed gauges, round air vents, an 'Oh Shit' a grave towel bar handle and a redesigned center console with analog given limited. Our tester seats were a little narrower than we remember, when in upscale leather and "preferred suede '(the best description for" leatherette "we've ever heard) wound. Apparently wants his cheap n' cheerful call to leave came, Our PT drew a bushel worth of options. power seats with bun warmers, satellite radio, trip computer, the Los Some of Cruiser middling interior plastics were retextured, but it is largely the same well-assembled, functional and characterful interior as before . Even if the PT has no nativity-style get makeover, is his cave still a fun, funky place to chill out, with incomparable rooms, excellent sightlines and a charming, tongue-in-cheek aesthetic anywhere else except in this price range (The MINI franchise).

Under its U-shaped clamshell, our PT offered a 2.4-liter force-fed four-cylinder yoke to a 4-speed automatic. The PT 180-horse light-pressure turbo gives the Retromobile with sufficient medium power to bob along all day at 80 mph, secreting a little more in reserve for passing bag. If so, the boat, the PT is old skool four-speed slushbox often harder and later as a XXX A-lister. Since no manual override or DIY option is available with the Limited engine, drivers will be asked to learn the tranny the turning point to ensure smooth and rapid progress.

We averaged about 22 mpg, an acceptable, if uninspiring result a hooligan given the right foot. Either way, there is little wrong here, that resolve an up-to-date gear failed. Well, maybe we would a revised exhaust. As it is, soundtracks Cruisin 'motivated most of the discs in the six-puck stereo left because of the engine, the melody is not nearly as playful as the vehicle.

Grab the (too thin) pseudo-banjo-spoke wheel, the PT hit hard into the corner, and the front-driver Goodyear Eagles wash with Woolite-like predictability. Given the modest (and older) Basics – MacPherson strut (front), twist-beam/Watts link (rear) – the Limited acquits itself very well. But as suspended an overly conservative 'steady, "our tour PT proved companion merely tolerant of questionable behavior. An aggressive tread pattern as our testers milquetoast shoes would go a long way to improve the PT fun-to-drive quotient, as could a slightly lowered ride rel (the cruiser attitude is a bit "high-boy" for our taste). Granted, his brakes haul 'he deals with repeatable predictable when we are at a loss as to why anti-lock supervision is not an option are marked on a $ 23k example.

The PT dynamic pitfall is the epic turning circle. While hardly an issue when lazing along the highway, it is a remarkably tough sell in tight parking spaces. We suspect it is a packaging hurdle to its sharp retro bug brought. But in view of its small footprint, it bears repeating: Turn the PT around its axis a little … all around. Let's face it: The Cruiser has not always buyers with the curves of the fenders, romanced those on which they are traveling. Yes, the little Chrysler that could remain poor, but amazingly well … the child remains in the picture.

Chrysler provided the vehicle reviewed, insurance, taxes and a tank of gas