2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser

Change Year or Vehicle
$2,306–$9,938 Inventory Prices
SAVE
Key Specs
Our Take
Overview
Photos
Reviews
Safety & Recalls
Warranty & CPO
Compare
Back to top

Key Specs

of the 2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Visual appeal
  • Easy to drive
  • Maneuverability
  • Ride comfort

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser

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

2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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.

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


Interior
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 se...
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.

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


Interior
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


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



Latest 2010 PT Cruiser Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

The PT Cruiser is my dream Car!!

by janmarloulen from Omaha, NE on April 1, 2018

My 2008 Red PT Cruiser was my dream car. I bought it from a dealer in 2010 with only 23k miles and I named it Pete!! It was very easy for me to get in and out of and that was great for me, since I am ... Read full review

(5.0)

2010 PT CRUISER

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. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Chrysler

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, Carfax vehicle history report, rental car and 24-hour towing, and first day rental

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years/100,000 mile warranty on all certified vehicles
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 125 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

Change Year or Vehicle

0 / 0 0 Photos
0 / 0

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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker