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Body style: Van
Segment: Small MPV

When it was launched in 2001, the PT Cruiser was everybody's shopping list and customers paid thousands of dollars over the sticker price to get one.

In 2006, that didn't happen anymore so the Chrysler launched a mid-life cycle refresh.

The main advantage of the vehicle was its retro-modern look. With its high greenhouse and rounded hood, it resembled the styling of the '50s era. The dashboard looked like it was taken from an old family van with its round analog dials. But the modern touches were there, with LED matrix displays, like on an old computer.

For the 2006 model, the headlights were reshaped and the styling got smoother. The whole front and rear fascia were redesigned, as well as new wheel designs. But it was the same look that made customers storm the dealer's doors back in 2001.

The refreshes interior brought a new instrument cluster and a new door panel. The Limited and GT get a six-way power driver seat this year, and all models receive upgraded sound insulation. For the sound system, all the trim levels were upgraded, and, on top of that, a 368-watt Boston Acoustics premium audio was available.

For the drivetrain, the biggest improvement was for the turbo version. While the 2001 model featured a 180 hp unit, the 2006 model has received an additional 50 hp. The vehicle didn't offer standard ABS for all of its range. It was available for the GT and Limited trim levels. Another disappointment was the lack of a good rear suspension. The PT Cruiser didn't take only the look from the '50s. It also took a steel beam rear axle even if it was front-wheel-drive.

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CHRYSLER PT Cruiser 2006 - 2010
  7 gasoline engines
  • 1.6L 5MT (115 HP)
  • 2.4L 4AT (143 HP)
  • 2.4L 4AT (150 HP)
  • 2.4L 5MT (143 HP)
  • 2.4L 5MT (150 HP)
  • 2.4L GT Turbo 5MT (223 HP)
  • 2.4L Turbo 4AT (180 HP)
  1 diesel engine
  • 2.2L CRD 5MT (150 HP)

CHRYSLER PT Cruiser 1.6L 5MT (115 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L 5MT (115 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1598 cm3
Power
85 KW @ 6300 RPM
116 HP @ 6300 RPM
114 BHP @ 6300 RPM
Torque
116 lb-ft @ 4550 RPM
157 Nm @ 4550 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.1 gallons (57.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
109.4 mph (176 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
13.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/65 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
168.9 in (4290 mm)
Width
66.9 in (1699 mm)
Height
63 in (1600 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.3/58.3 in (1,481/1,481 mm)
Wheelbase
103.1 in (2619 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
18.3 cuFT (518 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.3
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2956.4 lbs (1341 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4122.6 lbs (1870 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
23.5 mpg US (10 L/100Km)
Highway
37.3 mpg US (6.3 L/100Km)
Combined
30.5 mpg US (7.7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
180 g/km

CHRYSLER PT Cruiser 2.4L 4AT (143 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.4L 4AT (143 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2429 cm3
Power
105 KW @ 5200 RPM
143 HP @ 5200 RPM
141 BHP @ 5200 RPM
Torque
158 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
214 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.1 gallons (57.2 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/65 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
168.9 in (4290 mm)
Width
66.9 in (1699 mm)
Height
63 in (1600 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.3/58.3 in (1,481/1,481 mm)
Wheelbase
103.1 in (2619 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
18.3 cuFT (518 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.3
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3417 lbs (1550 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4233 lbs (1920 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
17.4 mpg US (13.5 L/100Km)
Highway
29 mpg US (8.1 L/100Km)
Combined
23.3 mpg US (10.1 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
240 g/km

CHRYSLER PT Cruiser 2.4L 4AT (150 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.4L 4AT (150 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2429 cm3
Power
110 KW @ 5100 RPM
150 HP @ 5100 RPM
148 BHP @ 5100 RPM
Torque
165 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
224 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.1 gallons (57.2 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/65 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
168.9 in (4290 mm)
Width
66.9 in (1699 mm)
Height
63 in (1600 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.3/58.3 in (1,481/1,481 mm)
Wheelbase
103.1 in (2619 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
18.3 cuFT (518 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.3
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3165 lbs (1436 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4365 lbs (1980 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
19 mpg US (12.4 L/100Km)
Highway
24 mpg US (9.8 L/100Km)

CHRYSLER PT Cruiser 2.4L 5MT (143 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.4L 5MT (143 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2429 cm3
Power
105 KW @ 5200 RPM
143 HP @ 5200 RPM
141 BHP @ 5200 RPM
Torque
158 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
214 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.1 gallons (57.2 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/65 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
168.9 in (4290 mm)
Width
66.9 in (1699 mm)
Height
63 in (1600 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.3/58.3 in (1,481/1,481 mm)
Wheelbase
103.1 in (2619 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
18.3 cuFT (518 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.3
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3417 lbs (1550 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4178 lbs (1895 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
18.1 mpg US (13 L/100Km)
Highway
32.2 mpg US (7.3 L/100Km)
Combined
25 mpg US (9.4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
223 g/km

CHRYSLER PT Cruiser 2.4L 5MT (150 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.4L 5MT (150 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2429 cm3
Power
110 KW @ 5100 RPM
150 HP @ 5100 RPM
148 BHP @ 5100 RPM
Torque
165 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
224 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.1 gallons (57.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
121.2 mph (195 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.3 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/65 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
168.9 in (4290 mm)
Width
66.9 in (1699 mm)
Height
63 in (1600 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.3/58.3 in (1,481/1,481 mm)
Wheelbase
103.1 in (2619 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
18.3 cuFT (518 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.3
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3108.5 lbs (1410 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4177.8 lbs (1895 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
18.1 mpg US (13 L/100Km)
Highway
32.2 mpg US (7.3 L/100Km)
Combined
25 mpg US (9.4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
223 g/km

CHRYSLER PT Cruiser 2.4L GT Turbo 5MT (223 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.4L GT Turbo 5MT (223 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2429 cm3
Power
164 KW @ 5100 RPM
223 HP @ 5100 RPM
220 BHP @ 5100 RPM
Torque
245 lb-ft @ 2400 RPM
332 Nm @ 2400 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.1 gallons (57.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
124.3 mph (200 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
7.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/50 R17
DIMENSIONS
Length
168.9 in (4290 mm)
Width
66.9 in (1699 mm)
Height
63 in (1600 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.3/58.3 in (1,481/1,481 mm)
Wheelbase
103.1 in (2619 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
18.3 cuFT (518 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.3
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3262.8 lbs (1480 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4243.9 lbs (1925 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
18.2 mpg US (12.9 L/100Km)
Highway
30.9 mpg US (7.6 L/100Km)
Combined
24.5 mpg US (9.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
226 g/km

CHRYSLER PT Cruiser 2.4L Turbo 4AT (180 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.4L Turbo 4AT (180 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2429 cm3
Power
132 KW @ 5200 RPM
179 HP @ 5200 RPM
177 BHP @ 5200 RPM
Torque
210 lb-ft @ 2800-4000 RPM
285 Nm @ 2800-4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.1 gallons (57.2 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/65 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
168.9 in (4290 mm)
Width
66.9 in (1699 mm)
Height
63 in (1600 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.3/58.3 in (1,481/1,481 mm)
Wheelbase
103.1 in (2619 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
18.3 cuFT (518 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.3
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3263 lbs (1480 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
18 mpg US (13.1 L/100Km)
Highway
24 mpg US (9.8 L/100Km)

CHRYSLER PT Cruiser 2.2L CRD 5MT (150 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.2L CRD 5MT (150 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2429 cm3
Power
110 KW @ 4200 RPM
150 HP @ 4200 RPM
148 BHP @ 4200 RPM
Torque
221 lb-ft @ 1600-2600 RPM
300 Nm @ 1600-2600 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
15.1 gallons (57.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
113.7 mph (183 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/55 R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
168.9 in (4290 mm)
Width
66.9 in (1699 mm)
Height
63 in (1600 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.3/58.3 in (1,481/1,481 mm)
Wheelbase
103.1 in (2619 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
18.3 cuFT (518 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.3
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3273.9 lbs (1485 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4365.2 lbs (1980 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
27.4 mpg US (8.6 L/100Km)
Highway
42 mpg US (5.6 L/100Km)
Combined
35.1 mpg US (6.7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
177 g/km
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