2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser

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2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser Review

Note: This review was created when the 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser was new.

Reviewers swoon over the PT Cruiser's retro looks and spacious interior, but warn buyers that the four-cylinder engines are designed more for city travel than highway cruising. In addition, many safety features are extra-cost options.

Pros & Cons

  • Appealing retro design
  • Spacious and versatile interior for passengers and cargo
  • Standard engine is underpowered
  • Many safety features are extra-cost options

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Chrysler PT Cruiser has a score of 8.5 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 53 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 7.5
Safety: 7.8
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2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser Overview

The 2007 PT Cruiser has the same stylishly old-fashioned exterior design that's been catching the eyes of passersby since the first Cruisers appeared in the late 1990s, but reviewers are quick to point out that the Cruiser isn't just another pretty face - it also has a surprisingly large and versatile interior. "[T]he PT Cruiser's charismatic retro design," says the New York Times, "merely camouflages what is actually a supremely efficient box on wheels." Storage space is large enough that it meets federal government requirements for a large car -- despite the PT Cruiser's deceptively small-appearing exterior. "Small on the outside doesn't necessarily mean small on the inside," says Edmunds. "With creative packaging, a compact, easy-to-drive vehicle can also offer gobs of interior space. And so it is with the PT Cruiser."

What don't the reviewers like? The PT Cruiser's engines, which are felt to be adequate for driving around town but underpowered on the highway. "One area of weakness that surfaced, not unexpectedly, was the lack of power," says Motor Trend. This weakness is addressed somewhat in the high-end GT model, with its 230-horsepower V4, but even the GT is far from a performance vehicle. But Edmunds feels that this is beside the point: "This isn't supposed to be a performance car any more than Buzz Lightyear was a real Space Ranger." Road and Track more or less sums up the general feeling when they say that "the PT Cruiser excels at being what it is supposed to be -- a cheap, reliable and stylish family hauler." Or, as the Boston Globe says, "funky cars have their place."

The PT Cruiser comes in three trims: the base model, the Limited Edition and the high-end GT. IntelliChoice calls the 2007 PT Cruiser a "worse than average" value based on total cost of ownership compared to other vehicles in its class.


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