Monday, December 6, 2010
2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser
The 2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser ranks 7 out of 8 Affordable Compact Wagons. Slow and funny looking, the 2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser is the zombie of the automotive world. Despite falling sales and harsh reviews, the "PT Cruiser" just won't die.
Car and Driver comments, "Chrysler's 1940s-esque retro wagon remains versatile for its size but is clearly outdated.
Other Compact Wagons to Consider
It costs about $2,000 more than the PT Cruiser, but is seriously fun to drive.
Details: Chrysler PT Cruiser
The 2010 PT Cruiser Class is the only available trim for 2010. Bargain hunters looking for a deal on a Chrysler should check out our Chrysler Deals page. You might also want to consider a 2009 PT Cruiser.
When pitted against the competition, the 2010 "PT Cruiser" clings to life with only its unique styling, versatile interior and roomy accommodations as positive attributes.
The PT Cruiser's rivals are numerous and vastly more capable--The 2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser is a five-seat compact wagon that is now offered in only one trim level -- the Classic. Included are 16-inch alloy wheels, foglights, a rear spoiler, full power accessories, air-conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, a trip computer, keyless entry and a four-speaker audio system with a CD player and auxiliary audio jack. The optional Convenience Group adds a six-way power driver seat, a fold-flat front passenger seat and heated front seats.
The 2010 "Chrysler PT Cruiser" is powered by a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine that produces 150 horsepower and 165 pound-feet of torque. The only available transmission is a four-speed automatic that drives the front wheels. Fuel economy is a middling 19 mpg city/24 mpg highway and 21 mpg in combined driving.
Antilock disc brakes, front seat side airbags and a low-speed traction control system are standard for the 2010 PT Cruiser..
Those seated in back are afforded a pleasant view thanks to the Cruiser's slightly elevated rear seats, and head- and legroom are plentiful for adult passengers.
With the previous turbocharged engine no longer available, the 2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser is left with the anemic base power plant and outdated four-speed automatic.
Recently I have rented this car. The ?steering wheel is made for a sailboat with an incredibly small turning radius. ? This car is dangerous to drive with a ?terrible side and back view, with blind spots of about 30 degree or so at each side! Also, the whole car starts shaking ?when accelerating or driving at any speed above 40 mph. Overall, very poor performance ?on every technical and mechanical parts of this