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It may look like a classic, but you would still expect the latest safety gear on the 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser. Unfortunately, it’s not all there.
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Four stars, front impact protection and rollover resistance; five stars, side impact protection

Side airbags are standard on all models

Available safety features include ABS, traction control, and front side airbags

The Chrysler PT Cruiser earns decent scores in government crash tests, but the fact that some key safety features are optional is a major drawback in this category.

The 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser is a solid performer in NHTSA crash tests, earning a mix of four- and five-star ratings. In the side impact category, the Chrysler PT Cruiser earns a perfect five-star rating; in terms of both front impact protection and rollover resistance, the Chrysler PT Cruiser garners a respectable four stars.

Reviews are mixed on whether the 2009 PT Cruiser includes all the right safety features. Edmunds reports that most "Chrysler PT Cruisers start out with front disc and rear drum brakes," while "Limiteds have four-wheel discs as well as standard ABS, and this upgrade is optional on all remaining models." Cars.com adds that, "along with the federally required dual front airbags, a driver's knee airbag is standard." One negative, though, as Cars.com points out, is that "stability control is not available on any Chrysler PT Cruiser." What’s more, note the editors of TheCarConnection.com, anti-lock brakes, which some view as a safety feature, are optional.

Kelley Blue Book says that the Chrysler PT Cruiser 2009 "driver and passenger sit high for a commanding view of the road," and ConsumerGuide chimes in by noting that "sight lines are clear on the wagon."


It may look like a classic, but you would still expect the latest safety gear on the 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser. Unfortunately, it’s not all there.

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