2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser

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$15,970 - $23,515
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Engine Engine 2.4LI-4
MPG MPG 21 City / 26 Hwy
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2008 PT Cruiser Overview

The Chrysler PT Cruiser combines the retro look of late-'30s American iron with modern performance, efficiency and features.The PT Cruiser comes in two body styles, a versatile five-door wagon and a not-so-versatile two-door convertible.

The five-door model's tall body boasts lots of room for people and cargo.In fact, its interior volume and versatility compare well to a small SUV.Fold the seats down and you can carry an eight-foot ladder.Pull the rear seats out and you can haul a load of building materials or a big-screen TV.Yet the PT Cruiser is small and easy to park.

It's also easy on gas.The lower-level models are competitively priced, and we think they make the most sense.

The PT Cruiser convertible is one of the least expensive convertibles on the market.It looks like a chopped-top gangster-mobile with the top up and puts the wind in your hair with the top down.Roomy seats make it great for four passengers.Its trunk is tiny and awkward, however; in fact, we can't think of a trunk that's less convenient than the one on the Cruiser convertible.

The PT Cruiser doesn't fit within existing automotive marketing segments, but competes on some levels with the Chevy HHR, the Scion xB, and the Mini Cooper.Like them, it is essentially a car: The PT Cruiser is based on the Dodge Neon, a compact car noted for sprightly performance.So it drives like a car, though the handling is not as good.Cruiser is an appropriate name.

Chrysler has dropped the high-performance GT models for 2008.Frankly, we thought they were over-priced and favored the standard model that is still available.

New for 2008, a tire-pressure monitor and front side air bags are now standard on all models and the base wagon is now called LX.In addition, the Touring model gets a standard automatic transmission and 16-inch wheels.The 2008 Limited model now has 17-inch wheels, the 2.4-liter turbocharged engine, ABS and traction control as standard equipment.
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2008 PT Cruiser Overview

The Chrysler PT Cruiser combines the retro look of late-'30s American iron with modern performance, efficiency and features.The PT Cruiser comes in two body styles, a versatile five-door wagon and a not-so-versatile two-door convertible.

The five-door model's tall body boasts lots of room for people and cargo.In fact, its interior volume and versatility compare well to a small SUV.Fold the seats down and you can carry an eight-foot ladder.Pull the rear seats out and you can haul a load of building materials or a big-screen TV.Yet the PT Cruiser is small and easy to park.

It's also easy on gas.The lower-level models are competitively priced, and we think they make the most sense.

The PT Cruiser convertible is one of the least expensive convertibles on the market.It looks like a chopped-top gangster-mobile with the top up and puts the wind in your hair with the top down.Roomy seats make it great for four passengers.Its trunk is tiny and awkward, however; in fact, we can't think of a trunk that's less convenient than the one on the Cruiser convertible.

The PT Cruiser doesn't fit within existing automotive marketing segments, but competes on some levels with the Chevy HHR, the Scion xB, and the Mini Cooper.Like them, it is essentially a car: The PT Cruiser is based on the Dodge Neon, a compact car noted for sprightly performance.So it drives like a car, though the handling is not as good.Cruiser is an appropriate name.

Chrysler has dropped the high-performance GT models for 2008.Frankly, we thought they were over-priced and favored the standard model that is still available.

New for 2008, a tire-pressure monitor and front side air bags are now standard on all models and the base wagon is now called LX.In addition, the Touring model gets a standard automatic transmission and 16-inch wheels.The 2008 Limited model now has 17-inch wheels, the 2.4-liter turbocharged engine, ABS and traction control as standard equipment.Hide Full Review