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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Trims

Base

148 national listings
Avg. Price: $4,390

Chrysler's merger with Daimler Benz took the American automaker in several new directions. This union was touted as a "merger of equals," but Chrysler has certainly appeared to move in a very positive direction since the late 1990s.

Retro-styling was one of these new directions. While the PT Cruiser was built with many Dodge Neon components, its styling set it apart from other new 2001 models. Chrysler designers based the styling on the Airflow wagon of the 1930s.

This Base model was minimally equipped, coming standard with a cassette audio system, power windows and mirrors, and air conditioning.

The PT Cruiser housed a 2.4 liter, 16-valve DOHC four cylinder engine, which could be paired with a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. The PT was supplied with 150 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, and traveled from o to 60 mph in just over ten seconds. Mixed driving gas mileage can be expected in the low twenties.

While the PT Cruiser's unique styling initially created a huge demand, Chrysler's long-time build quality issues eventually plagued the popular compact wagon. Common complaints include excessive road and wind noise, and low grade interior materials.

Limited

Avg. Price: $4,328

Chrysler introduced the unique new PT Cruiser in 2001. This retro-styled compact wagon was an instant best-seller for the then-struggling American automaker, and demand exceeded the supply. The PT won several automotive awards in 2001. However, in the following years mediocre performance and questionable reliability and quality have threated to diminish the PT's initial high-desirability status.

Two trim levels were available in 2001, but Chrysler would expand the lineup with several new trims and special editions in the years that followed. The Limited Edition PT ascended far beyond the Base with respect to both price and features. The Limited model upgrades included full power accessories, a moon roof, keyless entry, heated mirrors, leather upholstery, tinted glass, and cruise control.

One of the PT's most notable features, aside from styling, was its interior flexibility. Chrysler claims 26 possible seating and storage configurations. The PT (Tall) Platform adds seven inches of height over the Dodge Neon, which creates an extra sense of spaciousness.

Power is delivered through a 16-Valve DOHC inline four, displacing 2.4 liters. The 3123 pound PT gets 150 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque from this power plant, sending patient drivers from 0 to 60 mph in a little more than ten seconds. The Limited trim can be equipped with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission.