Affordable lots of room and a smooth ride are just a few things to like about the 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser.
When the Chrysler PT Cruiser was introduced eight years ago, its retro look made it a heartthrob of sorts and inspired the sort of manic adoration not seen since Cabbage Patch Kids sparked soccer mom brawls in toy store aisles. In other words, it had all the earmarks of a fad — hot today, dead tomorrow. But its sales figures have shown surprising resiliency. Although the PT Cruiser falls well short of being the must-have superstar it was years ago, it continues to be one of the top sellers in the Chrysler stable.
In recent years, Chrysler has streamlined production of the compact hauler, and that trend continues for 2009. The GT model got its pink slip last year; this year, it’s the convertible body style that gets the axe. Also, a turbocharged inline-4 is no longer offered as an option on Touring models; it’s currently available only on top-of-the-line Limited models. The reduced availability of the turbo engine is unfortunate, since the Cruiser’s naturally aspirated engine offers rather lethargic performance. …more