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.