2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser vs. Its Competition

2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2-door Convertible Front Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Chevrolet HHR was introduced as a 2006 model, and many saw it as a direct competitor to the popular PT Cruiser.

(Chrysler has sold well over 1 million PTs since 2001.) The HHR is marginally larger than the PT Cruiser, and it tends to be a better driver because its chassis and powertrain technology is a generation newer than the Chrysler.

With the introduction of the high-performance HHR SS, the PT Cruiser has no direct competitor for this model.

2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2-door Convertible Front Exterior View2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser
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Quick Specs
7.2
The 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser convertible gets the axe midway through 2008, so if you want one, act quickly, but the wagon is here if you need flexible utility with retro flair.
7.4
The 2009 Chevrolet HHR is a great urban runabout for small-business owners with frequent cargo hauls.
7.6
The 2009 Scion xB has polarizing looks, a no-haggle dealer experience, and a long safety features list. It provides good value for those on a budget.
7.0
The Caliber has a very practical layout and quite a few innovative features to get excited about, but it's lacking in driving enjoyment or refinement--even compared to its low-priced competition.
7.0
The 2008 Jeep Compass tries to take the brand to a new on-road audience, but falls short of pleasing drivers who never hit the trails.
7.8
The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
MSRP From     
$15,970$18,720$15,750$14,965$17,475$13,895
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
Subcompact2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall Station WagonMid-size2WD Sport Utility VehiclesCompact
Style Name     
4-Door WagonFWD 4-Door LS5-Door Wagon Manual (Natl)4-Door HB SE FWDFWD 4-Door Sport4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Small Station WagonHatchback4 Door WagonHatchback4 Door4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
Manual w/ODManualManual w/ODManualManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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