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By Cars.com Staff
July 8, 2009
Vehicle Overview Trim levels include a base LX, mid-level Touring and top-level Limited. The Cruiser competes against such models as the Chevrolet HHR and Mazda3 hatchback. Chrysler says the retro-styled, front-wheel-drive PT Cruiser blends the elements of a sedan, wagon, SUV and minivan.
New for 2009 Available Uconnect system with Bluetooth technology is new for 2009, and Stain Repel Seat Fabric is also a new option.
Exterior The PT Cruiser vaguely resembles a panel truck of the 1930s, overlaid with street-rod styling from the 1950s. Bulging fenders, fender-mounted headlights and taillights, and a tall, wide eggcrate grille give the PT Cruiser its unique look.
Rear window wiper/washer
Body-colored strip spoiler on liftgate
15-, 16- and 17-inch wheel options
Interior Up to five occupants can fit inside the versatile interior. Outboard passengers have adequate space, but the center rear position is cramped. Standard equipment includes remote keyless entry, power windows and a CD stereo. Uplevel models include leather upholstery, a power driver's seat and heated front seats. The front-passenger seatback folds flat, leaving enough space to haul an 8-foot ladder.
Front buckets seats and 65/35-split fold/tumble/removable rear bench seat
Optional Uconnect system with Bluetooth technology
Under the Hood A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine powers all models, although Limited models use a turbocharged version of the same engine to produce more power and torque.
150-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 165 pounds-feet of torque
180-hp, turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 210 pounds-feet of torque
Standard five-speed manual
Optional four-speed automatic
Safety Antilock brakes are optional on LX and Touring models and standard on Limited PT Cruisers. Other standard features include: dual front airbags, a driver's knee airbag and seat-mounted side airbags.