• (4.4) 16 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,033–$8,557
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 21
  • Engine: 150-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 5
2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser

Our Take on the Latest Model 2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser

What We Don't Like

  • Performance
  • Aging platform
  • No side curtain airbags
  • Body lean

Notable Features

  • Unabashed retro styling
  • One price level
  • Versatile interior layout
  • Wagon only

2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Reviews

Vehicle Overview
The retro-styled, front-wheel-drive PT Cruiser received a stay of execution in July 2009 when Chrysler reversed an earlier decision to cease production after a nine-year run. It competes against such models as the Chevrolet HHR and Mazda3 hatchback.

New for 2010
Chrysler has streamlined the lineup from three price levels to one, the PT Cruiser Classic, and eliminated the turbocharged four-cylinder and five-speed manual transmission. A 150-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with a four-speed automatic is the only choice. Standard equipment now includes four-wheel disc brakes, cruise control, an Electronic Vehicle Information Center and other items that were previously optional. The only options are a moonroof and a Convenience Group that includes heated front seats, a power driver's seat and a fold-flat front passenger seat with stain-repellent fabric.

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.

  • Standard 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard chrome accents
  • Rear window wiper/washer
  • Body-colored spoiler on liftgate

Up to five occupants can fit inside the PT Cruiser. Outboard passengers have adequate space, but the center rear position is cramped. Standard equipment includes remote keyless entry, power windows and a CD stereo with an MP3 jack.
  • Front buckets seats and 65/35-split fold/tumble/removable rear bench seat
  • Optional Sirius Satellite Radio
  • Optional fold-flat front seat
  • Optional moonroof

Under the Hood
The PT Cruiser now has one powertrain consisting of a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, an automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.
  • 150-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 165 pounds-feet of torque
  • Standard four-speed automatic

Antilock four-wheel disc brakes are now standard. Other standard safety features include:
  • Dual front airbags
  • Side-impact airbags
  • Driver's knee airbag

Consumer Reviews


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by Mama from Lebanon, Pa. on May 3, 2017

I love the look of the PT Cruiser, the way it handles on the road and the available space for hauling.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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