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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
7.4
Out of 10

Based on 1361 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

Worst Car Ever

By on Thursday, April 30, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Horrible Car

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "NOthing"

Cons: "Everything"

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

"I had so many problems with this vehicle from day one. I got it with 48000 miles on it, the first day I had it, the car overheated, bad thermostat. 2 weeks later it overheated again, bad fan. 6 months later, transmission became disconnected from gear selector, bad bushings. A month later, horn got stuck and wouldn't spring back up, bad plastic piece in steering wheel. I got rid of the car with 70,000 miles on it. I would never, ever recommend this car."

I got it new in 2002.

By on Friday, April 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 114,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "I will be happy to answer any questions."

Cons: "I know nothing negative about this car."

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

"The car absolutely, runs like new. I have driven very nearly all of the full 114,500 miles. It has never been in an accident, and the only blemishes are those that happen when the car is in a parking lot, and cars next to it open their doors too hard and the door then has hit my car leaving a slight blemish. Most amazing is the small 4 cylinder engine that this car puts out on the road. It can keep up with most cars, from one traffic light to the next, or on the open road at higher speeds. This car is now our 3rd car, and we have just a 2 car garage. I am open to offers."

best value ever

By on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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

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
8/10

Pros: "fun to drive on long freeway trips"

Cons: "door lock just now broke on right front door"

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

"the great sound of the engine easy on gas bill always reliable performance, snow storms, hail & downpours loads of space for moving to a new home maintenance costs, affordable stylish, saucy design high value for a modest budget great Chrysler production thanks to all who put the car together"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Convertible is Unique

By on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Cons: "Idles roughly sometimes"

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

"Double lining in roof keeps the vehicle warm in the winter and cool in the summer with A/C; but why bother with a/c. It is comfortable and with fold down rear seat has more cargo space than expected. Handles very well at 75 and on ice."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

I love this car

By on Monday, April 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 106,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I bought this GT version seven years ago. It has been virtually a great running vehicle. I absolutely love it. It rides very smooth. It corners great. Plenty of power with the turbo. If I have any complaint, it is the gas mileage. 20 mpg city and hwy. The most major thing that I've had to replace is the radiator at maybe 85,000 miles. Plus of course break discs & brake pads. Have had it tuned up once since I took ownership. As with every vehicle on the road, the older it gets the more it begins to need repairs or replacements."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

All looks, no guts

By on Friday, March 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"Found the car to be more of a in-town type of car. Has poor power, gas mileage is less than expected After 10 years of use, mechanical breakdowns began to occur. Car now has blown head-gasket. Other issues with water system, emission system have occurred. PTs do not hold their value. Great small carclub type of vehicle with many of exterior tricks and gadgets for spiffy looks. This is my second, the first I had for 1 year and traded in for automatic and color choice. Overall, looks sharp, but just a Neon on the inside......!"

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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