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2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser Overview

Only minor changes appear in the 2008 model year of this "retrowagon." Back in 2001, Chrysler caused a sensation with the introduction of this SUV-like sedan/wagon. Styled after the late-30s-early 40s American cars, but using contemporary automotive technology, Chrysler had a hit.

The sedan version has four trim lines, while the convertible model has two. They all use a basic 2.4-liter I4 engine, which in base tune produces 150-hp. A five-speed manual comes standard with a 4-speed automatic optional. The optional 180-hp turbo version comes with only the automatic. The GT standard 230-hp turbocharged version mates with a heavy-duty Getrag five-speed manual and an optional four-speed automatic.

0-60 in the base sedan happens between 8.5-8.9 seconds and the GT turbo in about 7 seconds. The base engine sedan with automatic averaged 18.5-23.0 mpg and 18.3-22.1 mpg with the manual, while the GT turbo manual averaged 17.2 mpg and automatic, 19.0 mpg. The GT convertible fared the worst with 16.1 mpg. The 230-hp turbo uses premium fuel, while the others use regular.

Reviewers, comparing the Cruiser to a base line SUV, were pleasantly surprised with its handling. The Limited and convertible models, with their tauter suspension, felt more controlled on uneven road surfaces. The firmer GT suspension offered more road feel without being too stiff. The manual transmission produced some torque steer and the wide turning circle makes low-speed maneuvering more frustrating.

Besides its retro "hot-rod" looks, the PT Cruiser's strongest selling point is interior roominess. The key here is the Cruiser's height. The sedan's 120.5 cubic feet of interior volume compares to the Lincoln Town Car. The Cruiser sedan cabin configures in 26 different ways by means of seat management. The 65/35 split rear bench folds flat, as does the front passenger seat. The rear seats have quick-release anchors for easy removal. With the rear seats removed, a mountain bike fits in the back - without removing its front wheel. Fold the front passenger seat down and an 8-foot ladder will fit.

Overall, the PT Cruiser makes for an enjoyable driving wagon that has a unique retro style. The convertible version doesn't have near as much space, but does have the lowest price tag for a top dropped, wind in your hair ride.

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