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STYLING | 7 out of 10
New-age styling cues such as dual-beam flush headlights and teardrop-shaped taillight lenses
Instrument panel carries on the exterior's retro theme but is contemporary for its ease of use
The 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser is the same old model that you've seen on the road for eight years or more—very little has changed in the intervening years. While that's not necessarily a bad thing style-wise, it brings its issues.
According to ConsumerGuide reviewers, the "retro-styled" Chrysler PT Cruiser "comes as a five-passenger, 4-door wagon in Base, Touring and Limited trims." The convertible body style has been eliminated for 2009, leaving just the wagon body style in the lineup. Despite its age, reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that experts still love the PT Cruiser's styling, with Edmunds calling it the "spiffiest retro small wagon the world has ever seen." Automotive.com reviewers report that the 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser "blends the retro look of a late-1930s or early 1940s American sedan with new-age styling cues such as dual-beam flush headlights and teardrop-shaped taillight lenses." Cars.com points out that the Chrysler PT Cruiser "blends the elements of a sedan, wagon, SUV and minivan" into one compelling package. The styling can be divisive, however, as Automobile notes in its claim that "you either like the Cruiser's mini-gangster styling or you don't."
With all of the retro themes that characterize the Chrysler PT Cruiser's exterior, it's probably no surprise to learn that the interior is appropriately old-school as well. ConsumerGuide states that the "instrument panel carries on the exterior's retro theme but is contemporary for its ease of use," while Kelley Blue Book praises the "Chrysler PT Cruiser's innovative interior" that includes "a retro-looking cue ball shift knob." MyRide.com finds "the Chrysler PT Cruiser pulls its exterior styling themes into the cabin, although here, too, the retro theme is tempered by a modern-looking center stack that visually splits the vintage-styled dashboard."
The 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser still offers a stylish combination of modern amenities and classic styling.