• (4.2) 11 reviews
  • Available Prices: $2,509–$7,137
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 21-23
  • Engine: 150-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 5
2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser

What We Don't Like

  • Performance in non-turbo model with automatic
  • Aging platform
  • No side curtain airbags
  • Body lean

Notable Features

  • Unabashed retro styling
  • Seat-mounted side airbags
  • Manual or automatic
  • Versatile interior layout
  • Wagon or convertible

2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser Reviews

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
  • Optional moonroof


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.

Available safety features include:
  • Seat-belt pretensioners
  • Security alarm


Consumer Reviews

(4.2)

Average based on 11 reviews

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Great Commuter and Weekend Getaway car

by SLP29 from Minneapolis, MN on August 4, 2017

PT Cruiser. Not a name that conjures excitement for many car enthusiasts and for many different reasons. But the reason I still give my '09 PT Cruiser Limited 5/5 stars is simply the added bells and w... Read Full Review

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3 Trims Available

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Our 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser trim comparison will help you decide.

2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Chrysler PT Cruiser LX

Head Restraints and Seats
P
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
P

IIHS Ratings

Based on Chrysler PT Cruiser LX

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
P
Overall Rear
P
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
A

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
A
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
A
Driver Pelvis/Leg
M
Driver Torso
P
Overall Side
P
Rear Passenger Head Protection
A
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
A
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
M
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
A
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Chrysler PT Cruiser LX

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Chrysler PT Cruiser LX

Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Front Seat
Rear Seat
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.

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

Save on maintenance costs and do your own repairs.

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

unlimietdmo/unlimited

Roadside Assistance Coverage

36mo/36,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

Other Years