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2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser

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2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Review

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The 2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Classic continues as one of the most stylish compact wagons on the market. While some may argue its retro look has grown tiresome, sales remain strong enough to justify the car's continued production, as does the demand for aftermarket parts and accessories. Beyond its flamboyant "look at me" exterior, the PT Cruiser provides a roomy and highly flexible interior as adept at hauling kids and cargo as it is serving tailgate, or, rather, liftgate-party duty. Like many cars in this segment, Chrysler offers PT buyers a simple set up consisting of one engine and transmission choice bundled together in a nicely equipped package that starts around $19,000.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you love driving something that pays homage to a great era in American cars, the 2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser is your vehicle. You don't have to sacrifice for your kicks either, as the PT has loads of space, a clever adjustable rear shelf and a fuel efficient four-cylinder engine.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a full-size recreation of a 1940s American sedan, the PT Cruiser will be too small and probably not cushy enough for you. And if you look at it as an alternative small SUV like the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4, the PT Cruiser does not offer the same ground clearance or optional all-wheel drive.

What's New for 2010

The potent turbocharged engine has been retired, as has the manual transmission. Chrysler has simplified the lineup to a single vehicle, now called the PT Cruiser Classic, which has a single engine and transmission choice and only a handful of options.

Driving the PT Cruiser

Driving Impressions Driving the 2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser is much like driving any compact car, only you sit a bit higher and get many more smiles and thumbs-up signs flashed your way....

The steering is precise and without vagueness, the brakes are firm and the handling good. The 2.4-liter, 16-valve motor is no race engine, but it does manage acceptable levels of acceleration, smoothness and fuel economy. There seems to be a good deal of low-end torque for uphill climbs, although we did find the four-speed automatic a bit slow to shift when power is immediately required.

Adjustable Rear Shelf
The PT Cruiser's adjustable rear shelf can be set to various heights.

PT Cruiser Exterior
The PT's marvelous exterior lends itself to multiple personality changes.

2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Details
Interior

The 2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser's innovative interior includes a satin-finish dash trim, a retro-looking color-keyed ball shift knob and tall, upright seating. The rear storage area features a moveable shelf that can serve as a table for tailgate parties or a privacy cover to hide valuables. Rear-seat passengers will find plenty of head and legroom and a good view of the road ahead, thanks to the raised rear seats. Safety features include front side-impact airbags and a driver's side knee airbag, but no side curtain airbags to protect the rear occupants.

Exterior
2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser photo

Clearly one of the most recognizable shapes on the road, the PT's retro panel van styling is truly "Classic." Though built on the old Dodge Neon platform, the PT sits up higher than most cars, more like a small SUV. Its tall doors make accessing the interior a breeze and the big rear hatch makes it easy to load long or bulky items. An ample supply of aftermarket body kits and performance-enhancing add-ons allows for some wild customization at bargain-basement prices.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

As standard equipment, the 2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Classic has a 150-horsepower 2.4-liter engine, four speed automatic transmission, rear defrost, power side mirrors, AM/FM stereo with CD/MP3 player and auxiliary input jack, tilt wheel, cruise control, air conditioning, power windows, keyless entry, front-seat side-impact air bags, 16-inch cast aluminum wheels, a rear wiper/washer, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) with low-speed traction control and fog lamps.

Optional Equipment

The Convenience Group adds heated six-way power driver's seat with manual lumbar adjustment and a heated fold-flat passenger seat. Stand alone options are limited to a power moonroof, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and a few exterior colors.

Under the Hood

The 2.4-liter engine works well in the PT, giving it good acceleration and respectable fuel economy. This engine can be a bit course, however, especially under hard acceleration. If you're comparing the PT Cruiser Classic to the imports, you'll find the PT's engine is no match for the quiet and vibration-free four-cylinders made by Honda and Toyota.

2.4-liter in-line 4
150 horsepower @ 5100 rpm
165 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/24 (automatic)

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2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.5
Out of 10

Based on 1385 Ratings for the 2001 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.8/10
    Quality
    7.7/10
  • Reliability
    8.0/10
    Performance
    7.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.1/10
    Styling
    8.3/10

Great transportation for local driving

By on Monday, August 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Excellent price, like new"

Cons: "Must keep it waxed because of the salt air."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Nice Blue Color

"I had no major trouble from this vehicle, just regular maintenance. Living in Florida I had a few rust issues so I completely repainted the vehicle. It has low mileage and looks new and will probably be around for many years to come. A great local, economical vehicle for any age driver."

Nice Blue Color

One Heck Of a Machine

By on Friday, August 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Super FUN TO DRIVE"

Cons: "Not really great for long rips."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This little car is the basic Cruiser drop -top BUT it is a real sleeper. On the trunk lid is says TURBO BUT under the hood is actually the High Output (HO) Turbo. This buggy can really boogie down the road."

GREAT CAR FOR ME, THE SEATS ARE HIGH!

By on Monday, August 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,750

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "IT HAS BEEN A GREAT CAR FOR 11 YEARS. NO MAJOR AS"

Cons: "WISH IT WAS 4 INCHES WIDER; MY SON WOULD TAKE IT."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"THIS IS THE SECOND BEST CAR I HAVE HAD IN 64 YEARS OF DRIVING. I WILL NOT SELL IT TO ANYONE THAT HAS NOT OFFERED TO BUY IT ALREADY."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Solid convertible

By on Friday, August 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Not a noise convertible, roomy, quick"

Cons: "Gas mileage so,so."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Love my prowler purple turbo GT PT, Have owned it since new, no real problems, it's comfy and roomy, it's smokes them when I need her too. I feel safe in it."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Its my first car, and was from a relative.

By on Monday, August 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "It was free"

Cons: "Gas millage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"When I turned 18, my aunt no longer was driving so she generously offered the car to me. It has been overall oaky, definitely not my first choice of car, but I am grateful to have a set of wheels that starts up 9/10 times :) My only ongoing complaint is it gets awful gas milage for being a tiny car, you would think the image would be better? they say 22mpg, but I usually average around 17mpg that being mostly highway driving."

13 people out of 15 found this review helpful

I positively love this car. It's fun to drive.

By on Friday, July 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 46,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive. Love the ease of handling"

Cons: "Seat belt placement is rather difficult"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Driving this car is a joy. Car reacts well, smooth ride and easy handling. Only criticism I have , the seat belts are difficult to locate, to far back. Fun and fabulous!"

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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