2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Performance

#16 out of 16 in 2010 Wagons

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2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser was new.


Performance: 7.1

The PT Cruiser's only available engine is underpowered, and while handling isn't terrible, it's also not thrilling. Most reviewers register disappointment that the turbocharged engine has not continued in 2010.

  • "The PT Cruiser is stable and planted, even as the driver wobbles in an unsupportive seat, but it mostly just feels old. And with no turbo, there's no fun" -- Car and Driver

Acceleration and Power

Reviewers are polite at best about the 150-horsepower four-cylinder engine in the PT Cruiser.  For 2010, the better-liked turbocharged engine has been discontinued -- if you can find a 2009 Limited Edition model, which comes with a 180 horsepower turbocharged engine, you will probably be happier. For 2010, a four-speed automatic transmission is the only one available.

  • "Fine for around-town cruising, but the engine is weak when driving on hills in highway passing and merging. The automatic transmission is responsive, despite some lurching during downshifts." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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turbocharged engine no longer available, the 2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser is left with the anemic base power plant and outdated four-speed automatic." -- Edmunds
  • "The 150-horsepower, sixteen-valve four-cylinder, while not exactly underpowered, is raspy and coarse, especially when compared with the more refined four-cylinder engines from Chrysler's Japanese and German competitors." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Most editors agreed that engine power was just barely adequate, and some even complained the car was underpowered." -- Motor Trend

Handling and Braking

The 2010 PT Cruiser's handling gets decent, but not exceptional, marks from reviewers. Most complaints center on the little car's not-so-little turning radius.

  • "Solid and stable. PTs have good grip in turns, though body lean is noticeable in fast turns. Steering feel is responsive and appropriately weighted. A wide turning circle frustrates low-speed maneuverability." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The PT Cruiser is stable and planted, even as the driver wobbles in an unsupportive seat, but it mostly just feels old." -- Car and Driver
  • "Steering effort is light, but the large turning circle will require multiple-point turns to navigate tighter confines. The suspension does a decent job of soaking up ruts and bumps in the road for a smooth and composed ride." -- Edmunds
  • "The power steering in my test car was rather heavy, but also was quick and precise." -- MSN

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