2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser Interior

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2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser was new.


Interior: 7.3

Reviewers are particularly impressed with the spaciousness of the 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser's interior, but the interior finish is badly reviewed. "It's a good size," says The Auto Channel, "with enough seating and non-seating variations to make it either a micro-van or small people-carrier."

The PT Cruiser looks fairly small on the outside, but reviewers are quick to emphasize that it's remarkably big on the inside, which means comfort for passengers and lots of cargo room. "Its interior volume rivals that of a large sedan or some sport-utility vehicles," says the Chicago Sun-Times.  For the most part, reviewers also find that interior to be attractive and stylish. "The Cruiser looks just as cute on the inside," says the Detroit News. "Inside the PT Cruiser, you'll find a spacious and versatile cabin with a retro-themed dash," says Edmunds.

However, some reviewers are less enthusiastic. Automobile Magazine says: "We weren't nearly as unanimous in our opinions about the design and quality of the Cruiser's interior. Half of our drivers agreed with [one of our editors], who called the interior 'appallingly cheap. Everything within sight looks cheap and tacky.' But [a different editor] voiced the opinions of others that 'fit and finish are really well done, and surfacing is basically attractive.'" Edmunds also complains about interior materials: "A quick rap on just about any interior surface will reveal hard plastic where many of today's vehicles feature soft-touch material. Even the 'chrome' rings around the gauges are actually chrome-plated plastic."


Chrysler says that the 2008 PT Cruiser seats five adults, but some reviewers feel that four is the practical limit. Most reviewers, however, find the trip to be comfortable.

"The PT's seats were almost unanimously praised for comfort," says Automobile Magazine. Edmunds writes, "Taller drivers will find plenty of room to get comfortable," though they add that "shorter drivers may not care for the somewhat flat seat design and elevated driving position." MSN found, "The front bucket seats provide above-average support," and the Boston Globe adds, "These are some great seats up front, powerfully bolstered along the thighs and up the torso, supportive beneath the knees."

As for the rear seats, reviews are mixed. "Several six-footers on the test drive hopped in the back seat and found oodles of headroom due to the rounded roof, and a bunch of legroom, too," says the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Cars.com, on the other hand, notes, "Outboard passengers have adequate space, but the center rear position is cramped," and USA Today found that "the back seat's not terrifically comfortable for long-legged grown-ups."

Interior Features

The 2008 PT Cruiser has a nice set of standard features, including a sliding sun visor with covered vanity mirrors, a tachometer, an AM/FM stereo with CD player, four speakers and auxiliary input jack, cruise control, tilt-adjustable steering wheel, remote power door locks and front reading lights and power windows.


More than one reviewer calls the PT Cruiser's cargo area "cavernous." Behind the front seats is 21.2 cubic feet of storage space. Chrysler says the Cruiser's interior has 160 different seating and cargo configurations, with various shelves, platforms and cubbyholes for storing a wide variety of large and small objects. "With the rear seats out and the front passenger seat folded down, the interior is cavernous," says the New York Times, "big enough to hold two or three mountain bikes, an eight-foot ladder or a downtown D.J.'s rave-ready turntable and loudspeakers." The Chicago Sun-Times says that the Cruiser's "versatile, exceptionally roomy interior...can carry the proverbial kitchen sink." USA Today sums it up: "Consider it a minivan."

The New York Times also praises the optional shelf unit that fits in the Cruiser's rear: "The package shelf in back -- it can be used in several positions, and also doubles as a fold-out table for tailgate parties -- can be positioned to form a level surface from rear hatch to dashboard. If you run a catering service or flower shop, your next delivery van has arrived." Several reviewers praise Chrysler's creative ingenuity in finding fresh ways to store things. The Boston Globe notes that the Cruiser has "storage bins where most cars don't even have places. Pockets and nets and sliding drawers throughout. It's almost as if, inside, you are sitting in an appliance rather than an automobile."

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