Best Bet
(4.5) 42 reviews
MSRP: $1,431$7,235
Body Style: Convertible
Engine: 150-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
Seats: 4-5
2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser

Our Take on the 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser

Our Take

Chrysler says the front-wheel-drive PT Cruiser blends the elements of a sedan, wagon, sport utility vehicle and minivan. Four trims are available: base, Touring, Limited and GT. A new PT Cruiser Convertible went on sale in spring 2004 as a 2005 model. (Skip to details on the: PT Cruiser Convertib... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Performance in non-turbo model with automatic
  • Body lean

Notable Features

  • Unabashed retro styling
  • Choice of three engines, two of which are turbocharged
  • Manual or automatic
  • Versatile interior layout
  • New convertible for 2005


Our Expert Reviews

PT Cruiser top down fun When Chrysler's PT Cruiser burst on the scene for 2000, Daimler-Chrysler discovered its hot potential painfully cooled by the fact that it could not build Cruisers quickly enough to meet demand. They sold 92,000 of the vehicle no one could define in that first year and watched sales climb to 145,000 the next year, aching in the knowledge they could have sold m... Read full review for the 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser

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Consumer Reviews


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Nobody puts Baby in a corner....

by tierradoxy from San Antonio, TX on April 12, 2011

Not this Baby at least! Mine is a Limited Turbo. I've been in the paint & body business over 20 years & this is the coolest vehicle I've ever driven. I get 27 mpg highway & 18 mpg in the city or playi... Read Full Review

7 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 5 recalls for this car.

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