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2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser Trims

Base

Avg. Price: $5,907

The Chrysler PT Cruiser Base, or Standard, model is unchanged for 2005. A new convertible version is now offered, at a $3000 increase in price

Standard features on this trim include power windows, 15-inch steel wheels, a CD audio system, tilt wheel, air conditioning, and intermittent wipers. The Base convertible receives several additional features.

This model is powered by the modest 2.4 liter DOHC inline four, which generates 150 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is mated to this power plant, and drivers can expect 22/29 mpg fuel economy.

The most common complaint for this model is aimed at the low gas mileage. Owners and reviewers agree that mixed driving fuel economy in the low 20s is not really acceptable for a compact car. It is also worth noting the the two more powerful engines don't cause a major decrease in fuel efficiency.

Base Convertible

Avg. Price: $6,630

It is not surprise that Chrysler has unveiled new PT Cruiser variations for 2005. The lineup has grown from two to eleven styles in the last five years, and three new models have been added this year. The most exciting piece of news is the addition of a two-door convertible, which is available throughout the three main trim levels.

The Base Convertible costs about $3000 more than the wagon, but several additional features have also been added. Air conditioning, power locks, power mirrors, power windows, a power roof, and tilt are all standard.

Like the Base wagon, the convertible is powered by the unaltered 2.4 liter DOHC inline, mated to a five-speed manual transmission. This engine supplies 150 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, sending the 3000 pound convertible from 0 to 60 mph in about ten seconds.

While buyers were initially attracted to this novel look for the PT, just as they were to the original in 2001, many soon found that ownership was a bit less thrilling than expected. Common issues are poor gas mileage, lackluster performance, the absence of standard safety features, a user-unfriendly trunk, and nagging mechanical problems.

GT

Avg. Price: $6,934

Only two of eleven PT Cruiser models wear the GT badge, which signifies the addition of a substantially more powerful version of the 2.4 liter engine. The GT's turbocharged power plant delivers 220 horsepower and 245 pound-feet of torque, and is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The GT's 0 to 60 time, at 6.7 seconds, is more than four seconds quicker than the base engine models.

This top shelf PT Cruiser also comes with an impressive list of standard equipment. The GT includes most of the convenience and luxury items found on the Limited trim, like fog lamps, full power accessories, tinted glass, a garage door opener, an anti-theft system and front side airbags.

The GT is set apart by several additional safety features including ABS and traction control, and appearance enhancements like 17-inch chrome wheels and a rear spoiler. This trim also comes with a power moon roof.

GT Convertible

Avg. Price: $7,911

There are four PT Cruiser convertibles offered in 2005. The GT is the most powerful, and the most expensive. The GT is the only model to be powered by a supercharged version of the 2.4 liter engine, which generates 220 horsepower and 245 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual is the only transmission option on the GT. When equipped with this engine, the PT will race from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.7 seconds.

The GT includes all of the Limited and Touring standard features, like cruise control, fog lamps, air conditioning, full power accessories, an anti-theft system, and (on the convertible) a power top and rollover protection. The GT adds ABS, traction control, 17-inch alloy wheels, leather seats, and a brush guard.

Limited

Avg. Price: $6,388

Chrysler's Limited Trim offers several addition luxury and convenience upgrades, but this model will retain the base engine. However, buyers may now opt to replace the 150 horsepower, 2.4 liter four-cylinder with a turbocharged 180 horsepower version.

The Limited is differentiated from the lower models by the addition of a power moon roof, leather seating, chrome wheels, a power driver's seat and side airbags.

Other notable features include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, front fog lamps, an anti-theft system, cruise control, full power accessories, privacy glass, and a CD/cassette audio system, but all these items also come standard on the PT Cruiser Touring wagon.

Limited Turbo

Avg. Price: $6,979

Chrysler continued to expand the PT Cruiser lineup in 2004 by adding turbocharged versions of the Touring and Limited trims. The enhanced version of the 2.4 liter four-cylinder engine now delivered 180 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque. A four-speed automatic routed power to the PT's front wheels. Fuel economy decreases with the extra power, from 22/29 to 19/26 mpg.

The Limited is actually the third of five PT Cruiser trim levels, falling below the Signature Series and the GT in price and features. The Limited is certainly well-equipped, with fog lights, a power moon roof, an anti-theft system, a power diver's seat, air conditioning, full power accessories, cruise control, keyless entry, leather seats and privacy glass all standard.

The three top trim tiers also get front side airbags, a garage door opener and an upgraded climate control system.

Signature Series

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Avg. Price: $6,976

Touring

Avg. Price: $5,957

Although Chrysler has steadily expanded the PT cruiser selection since its 2001 debut, this model has remained largely unchanged. a convertible version of the Touring trim is new for 2005, and the entire lineup would receive a face lift in 2006.

The Touring is powered by a 2.4 liter DOHC four cylinder engine, which provides 150 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. It is mated to a four-speed automatic as the only transmission option on this model. Fuel economy is estimated at 22/29 mpg.

This model comes standard with all the Base features, and also adds tinted glass, 16-inch alloy wheels, an anti-theft system, fog lights, cruise control, keyless entry and power mirrors.

The base engine PT models have received steady criticism for the poor gas mileage for a compact wagon with such a modest power supply. Other issues are minor creature comforts, like the seat belts, seating position, and controls.

Touring Convertible

Avg. Price: $7,130