2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser

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Key Specs

of the 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Visual appeal
  • Fun and easy to drive
  • Maneuverability
  • Ride comfort
  • GT's performance

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser

  • Unabashed retro styling
  • Choice of three engines &amp
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  • two turbocharged
  • Manual or automatic
  • Versatile interior layout
  • Wagon or convertible

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(3.8)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.1)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Great Car for Safety and Reliability

by ChiChomp on July 19, 2018

Great car for safety and reliability! Plenty of leg room in the back seat and space in the trunk for cargo. Not meant for speed however. Read full review

(5.0)

Owned 06' PT Cruiser for 6yrs..loved it

by IdontgiveaFox from Kellogg,Idaho on July 12, 2018

The PT cruiser is actually the best vehicle Ive ever owned. I had it for 6yrs and the only problem I had was the cluth went out. The sound system was awesome. Road trip worthy! Stylish and cute. Easy ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser currently has 1 recall

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Base

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall Rollover Rating
4 Star
Driver's
4 Star
Passenger's
4 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The PT Cruiser received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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