2002 PT Cruiser New Car Test Drive
It was only a matter of time. This year, as if the PT Cruiser needed something to make it stand out, Chrysler is offering flames as an option. Order the factory optional tone-on-tone flames and experience a throw-back to your misspent youth. Or maybe just go back in time.
Flames or no flames, there's nothing on the road quite like the PT Cruiser. Though it has become a familiar site, it still attracts attention., and that's a big part of its fun. Is it a hot rod, a little panel van or a uniquely styled compact car? People from all walks and stations want a better look, intrigued by the Cruiser's difficult-to-define character. It is, as Chrysler says, too cool to categorize.
Yet the really great thing about the PT Cruiser is its combination of practicality and reasonable price. Its affordability and practicality make it suitable for everyday use by everyday people. Shorter than many compact cars, it offers the interior volume of a sport-utility vehicle. And it's almost as much fun to drive as it is to be seen in.
Three models are available: base ($16,200); Touring ($17,915); Limited Edition ($20,265). All are powered by a 2.4-liter twin-cam engine available with the standard five-speed manual or an optional four-speed automatic transaxle ($825).
PT Cruiser comes standard with air conditioning, power windows, rear defroster and wiper, six-speaker AM/FM/CD and 15-inch wheels. An optional Power Convenience Group ($570) adds remote keyless entry, automatic power central locking, and dual power heated fold-away mirrors.
The Touring model gets everything in the convenience package plus a touring suspension, wider tires on 16-inch silver aluminum wheels, fog lights, a fold-flat front passenger seat, security alarm, and other features.
The Limited Edition model comes equipped with just about everything: leather upholstery, side-impact airbags, cruise control, glass sunroof and chromed 16-inch alloy wheels.
Options include four-wheel antilock disc brakes with traction control ($595), engine block heater ($35), and a roof rack ($175).