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2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser Review

The 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser appeals to people of all ages and lifestyles with its unique and retro design. It is affordable, practical, and roomy. The 2007 comes in two body styles: a five-door hatchback/wagon Chrysler calls a sedan; and a two-door convertible. The sedan is available in four trim levels: base, Touring, Limited, and GT. The convertible comes in Touring and GT trim. All PT Cruisers are powered by a 2.4-liter, twin-cam four-cylinder engine. The GT models deliver strong acceleration performance and bring hot-rod credibility to the Cruiser's hot rod image. Standard remote keyless entry and optional stain-resistant fabric are among the handful of changes for Chrysler's 2007 PT Cruiser, now in its seventh year. The 2007 model got moderate exterior revisions, an updated interior, more power for the GT model, and reductions in road, wind and engine noise.  Amid fresh competition, the Cruiser has relied on innumerable special editions, turbocharged and convertible variants to stay competitive. Chrysler says the retro-styled, front-wheel-drive PT Cruiser blends the elements of a sedan, wagon, sport utility vehicle and minivan. Four trims are available: base, Touring, Limited and GT.

Power for the Cruiser

The base 2.4-liter four-cylinder produces 150 horsepower. Two turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinders are offered, producing either 180 hp or 230 hp. The 180-hp engine comes only with a four-speed automatic transmission, but the other engines can mate with either the automatic or a five-speed manual. The automatic in the 230-hp PT Cruiser GT incorporates AutoStick manual gear selection. The manual gearbox is surprisingly precise, not sports-car grade, but not bad for a unit with a longer-throw gate and foot-long shifter. PT Cruiser Drive

The PT Cruiser is fun to drive. In essence, it is a tall, practical car that is speedy. The standard engine gives enough to propel the Cruiser from 0 to 60 mph in about 8.5 seconds. Distinctive styling is the main attraction to the Cruiser, but this wagon's roomy and flexible interior is another high point. Throttle response on the 2007 PT Cruiser is rapid. As expected, the high-output turbocharged GT delivers responsive performance, even with the automatic. The PT Cruiser's terrific handling is confident and nimble. This wagon maneuvers crisply and takes corners well. Body lean in curves is noticeable, but the otherwise-stable PT Cruiser is exceptionally easy to drive. With its big 17-inch wheels and tires, the rear suspension design maximizes cargo space, but the twist-beam rear axle bounces a bit on rough pavement and the chassis does not feel rigid.

Trims Levels for '07

The base PT Cruiser sedan comes with AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo, fabric bucket seats and floor console, tilt steering, power windows, speed-sensitive power locks, engine immobilizer, tinted glass, rear window defroster, wiper, and washer, 65/35 split folding rear seat, remote keyless entry, power liftgate, and 15-inch steel wheels.

The Touring sedan adds air conditioning, power mirrors, a fold-flat front passenger seat with storage drawer, and other interior features. To that list the Touring Convertible adds a power top with soft boot cover, 50/50 split rear seat, fog lamps, and 16-inch painted aluminum wheels. Leather seats are optional on the convertible.

Limited comes with side-impact airbags, cruise control, six-way power seats with upgraded cloth upholstery and manual lumbar adjustment, leather-wrapped steering wheel, security alarm, HomeLink universal garage-door opener, power glass sunroof, and a unique Touring suspension on 16-inch aluminum wheels.

The GT sedan adds four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, a performance-tuned suspension, traction control, and all-season performance tires on 17-inch chromed aluminum wheels. The GT also comes with side-impact airbags, a power glass sunroof, and most of the Limited's luxury goodies. Leather sport seats are also standard. The GT convertible comes with all the Limited and GT sedan extras.


Along with the federally required dual front airbags, a driver's knee airbag is standard. Side-impact airbags for the front seats are optional. Antilock brakes are standard on the GT and available on other trim levels. Three-point safety harnesses are provided at all positions, including the rear center position. The front belts have pre-tensioners, just like in luxury cars, to tighten the belts for the initial stages of an impact. The rear bench is equipped with child-seat tethers.

Chrysler Cabin Features

Two bucket seats are installed up front and a 65/35-split, folding rear bench holds three. Outboard passengers have adequate space, but the center rear position is cramped. Removing the rear seat expands cargo volume from a moderate 21.6 cubic feet to a sizable 62.7 cubic feet. The front-passenger seatback folds flat, leaving enough space to haul an 8-foot ladder. Performance seats, silver cluster gauges and a satin silver gearshift knob are included in the GT. With both rear seats out, the Cruiser provides 64 cubic feet of cargo volume. The load floor measures 40 inches between the wheel wells. Window switches are high in the center stack, inconvenient for quick operation, forcing the driver to search for them. A bonus of the Cruiser's tall profile is its upright seating position, with a fairly high view ahead, somewhat like a sport-utility vehicle or minivan. The front seats in the three lower-line models have a reasonable amount of bolstering to keep driver and passenger from sliding side to side.

PT Cruiser Design

The Chrysler PT Cruiser blends the retro look of a late-1930s or early 1940s American sedan with new-age styling cues such as dual-beam flush headlights and teardrop-shaped taillight lenses. Bulging fenders, fender-mounted headlights and taillights, and a tall, wide eggcrate grille help give the PT Cruiser its unique look. The PT Cruiser is quite compact. It's shorter in overall length than most compact sedans, but it's relatively tall. The height is a crucial element of the PT Cruiser's design. Built on a 103-inch wheelbase, the PT Cruiser is 168.9 inches long overall. The PT Cruiser GT has a larger, lower grille opening for its air-to-air intercooler. Additional GT features include a large-diameter chrome exhaust tip and all-season performance tires on 17-inch chrome-clad wheels. The PT Cruiser pulls its exterior styling themes into the cabin, although the retro theme is tempered a bit by a very modern-looking center stack that visually splits the vintage-styled dashboard.

The Chrysler PT Cruiser combines retro with modern performance, efficiency and features. The PT Cruiser comes in two body styles: a versatile five-door model and a not-so-versatile two-door convertible. The 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser remains relatively the same from 2006, with a few additions to colors and features. The Cruiser's interior volume and versatility compares well to a small SUV. Yet the PT Cruiser is small and easy to park. It gets good fuel efficiency with 26 mpg Hwy, and 21 mpg City. The lower-level models are competitively priced and a great value. The Turbocharged models add performance, but are pricey. The PT Cruiser convertible is one of the least expensive convertibles on the market.


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