2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser

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$15,970-$23,515
$15,033-$21,899
19 CITY / 24 HWY
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Overview

What Changed for 2008:
  • Base model now called LX

  • Tire-pressure monitor now standard on all models

  • Seat-mounted front side air bags now standard

  • Touring model gets standard automatic transmission and 16-inch wheels

  • Limited model gets standard 17-inch wheels, anti-lock brakes, and traction control

  • Limited model now standard with 180-hp, 2.4-liter turbocharged engine

  • PT Cruiser GT models dropped
  • Convertible now offered as only one model
Overview
Chrysler introduced the compact PT Cruiser as a 2001 model and has sold more than one million of what it calls a segment-busting design with \"one-of-a-kind\" exterior styling and \"Swiss Army knife-like interior flexibility.\" It can be said that the PT Cruiser was a crossover utility vehicle before anyone had coined that term. The styling is reminiscent of fat-fendered cars of the late 1930s.

In addition to the standard pillared-roof wagon, a PT Cruiser convertible is available. The wagon offers seating for 5, while the convertible has seating for 4. The convertible has a power folding top, a trunk passthrough, an integrated \"sport\" bar that bridges the passenger compartment, and a fold-and-tumble rear seat to enhance cargo capacity. The rear seat is split 65/35 in the wagon. It folds and is removable. With the rear seats out, the PT Cruiser wagon has 62.7 cubic feet of cargo room.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser wagon is available in three trim levels: base LX, Touring and Limited. The convertible is offered as a single model. The high-performance GT wagon and convertible are no longer available. Standard on the LX wagon are a tilt steering wheel; cloth upholstery; power windows and locks; remote keyless entry; AM/FM/CD stereo; trip computer; theft-deterrent system; rear spoiler; P195/65R15 tires on steel wheels with wheel covers; and a split, folding, and removable rear seat. The convertible adds air conditioning; cruise control; Chrysler's YES Essentials upholstery that Chrysler says is odor-, stain- and static-resistant; a 6-way power driver's seat with lumbar adjustment; power mirrors; fog lights; a firmer touring suspension; and P205/55R16 tires on alloy wheels. The Touring wagon adds to the LX wagon all the same equipment as the convertible minus the touring suspension. The Limited model has a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a sunroof, Sirius satellite radio, the touring suspension, and P205/50R17 tires.

Several of the features on the Limited are available on other models. Other options include Chrysler's UConnect hands-free cell phone link; a Sound package with 6-disc CD changer, Boston Acoustics speakers and 368 watts of power; a Chrome Appearance package; and a Street Cruiser Sunset Boulevard Edition that includes a sunroof, illuminated visor mirrors, rear privacy glass, chrome interior and exterior trim, and P205/55R16 tires on alloy wheels.

Powertrain
The 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser LX and Touring models, as well as the convertible, come with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 150 hp at 5100 rpm and 165 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. It comes standard with a 5-speed manual transmission; a 4-speed automatic transmission is optional. Standard on the Limited model and optional on others is a turbocharged version of the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 180 hp at 5200 rpm and 210 lb.-ft. of torque at 2800 rpm. EPA fuel economy ratings are 21 mpg city/26 mpg highway for the base engine with the manual transmission; 19 mpg city/24 mpg highway for the base engine with the automatic transmission; 20 mpg city/25 mpg highway for the turbo engine with manual transmission; and 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway for the turbo with automatic transmission.

Safety
Standard safety features on the 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser include dual front air bags; seat-mounted front side-impact air bags; and a tire-pressure monitor. Anti-lock brakes and traction control are standard on Limited models and optional on others. The Chrysler PT Cruiser has earned a 4-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for the driver and front passenger in front-impact crash tests. It has also received a 4-star rating for the driver and a 5-star rating for the rear passenger from NHTSA in side-impact tests, and a 4-star rating for rollover resistance.

Technology
Chrysler's UConnect Hands-free Communications System uses Bluetooth technology to provide voice-controlled wireless communication between on-board cell phones and an integrated receiver. Bluetooth uses low-power radio communications to link devices over short distances. Multiple Bluetooth-enabled phones can be paired to the system.
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