2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Preview

2017
The Car Connection
2017
The Car Connection

The Car Connection Expert Review

GET CURRENT PRICING

GET AN INSURANCE QUOTE

 

There’s something about the Chrysler PT Cruiser — simply looking at it is enough to put a smile on your face. But for many folks, the fun starts to fade once they slip it in gear. Even with the optional flame paint kit, the PT is a bit of a poseur, barely fast enough to get out of its own way. And that’s turned off a lot of potential customers, as the recent decline in sales suggests. But help is on its way.

At this week’s New York Auto Show, Chrysler pulls the wraps off an all-new version of the Cruiser, this one carrying an unambiguously suggestive new nameplate. Dubbed PT Turbo, it takes the anemic 2.4-liter four-banger and with the help of a fast-revving turbocharger, bumps the pony count from 150 to 215.

TheCarConnection.com recently had a chance to spend a day behind the wheel, and what we found was a 98-pound weakling transformed into the sort of street performer we always suspected was hidden within the PT Cruiser’s genes.

Turbo basics

First, some basics. This is, by Chrysler’s count, the fifth PT Cruiser spin-off. Including the Flame and Woody editions, there are also three body packages and the upcoming Cabrio. By comparison, the changes here are visually modest: unique, 17-inch, Blade Silver painted five-spoke cast aluminum wheels, and body-color side moldings and front and rear fascia. You’re most likely to notice the oversized front grille designed to help the turbo breathe and to provide better airflow for the intercooler. Backside, there’s a large diameter chrome exhaust tip.

2003 Chrysler PT Turbo

2003 Chrysler PT Turbo

Enlarge Photo

The Car Connection Consumer Review

1 Review
5 star
100%
4 star
0%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
Rate and Review your car for The Car Connection! Tell us your own ratings for a vehicle you own. Rate your car on Performance, Safety, Features and more.
Write a Review
April 17, 2015
For 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser

Very satisfied with this car.

  • Overall Rating
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Performance
  • Comfort and Quality
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Fuel Economy / MPG
  • Reliability
I have had a lot of other cars & this is at the top for satifaction.
people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
September 26, 2015
2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4-Door Wagon

Gas mileage stinks

  • Overall Rating
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Performance
  • Comfort and Quality
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Fuel Economy / MPG
  • Reliability
Before I had a tune up I was only getting 17 mpg.After a tune up 13.7!!!! What is wrong with this ? So much I can't tell you. WHY,WHY WHY????
people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
April 21, 2015
2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4-Door Wagon Limited

My buddy, the PT Cruiser

  • Overall Rating
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Performance
  • Comfort and Quality
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Fuel Economy / MPG
  • Reliability
My Bright Silver is our 3rd Cruiser. It's carrying capacity is surprisingly large. We've traveled the length of California north and south with great comfort. We never arrive tired or stiff from hundreds of... + More »
people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
See all user reviews »
Looking for other models of the Chrysler PT Cruiser?
Read reviews & get prices
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area
See More Used
s