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2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser Hatchback

4dr Wgn Touring

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  • $20,780 original MSRP
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Benefits of Driving a 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser Hatchback

The 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser wagon stands out in the market not just for its distinctive shape but also for its interior space and versatility, fuel efficiency, and for the performance provided by the turbocharged engines offered in the Touring and Limited models.

What's new for 2009?

The PT Cruiser loses its convertible body style for 2009, leaving just the 4-door wagon in LX, Touring and Limited trims. A 2.4L 4-cylinder engine comes in both 150-horsepower naturally aspirated and 180-horsepower turbocharged versions. The base model LX comes with a 5-speed manual transmission, while the Touring and Limited editions get a standard 4-speed automatic.

Model Strengths

  • Distinctive shape and style
  • lots of interior space
  • fuel efficiency
  • excellent powertrain warranty.

Model Review

With retro-styling inspired by the 1930s panel vans that were later converted to surf wagons and hot rods, the front-wheel drive 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser mixes classic styling cues with modern fuel efficiency and conveniences.

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Source: The Car Connection

To compile this detailed assessment of the 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser, TheCarConnection.com's car experts read a wide variety of road tests and professional opinions. Then, to give you a definitive opinion on this wagon where professional reviews might differ, the experts from TheCarConnection.com have driven the Chrysler PT Cruiser and help by contributing their own observations and by comparing it to other rival vehicles.

Little of substance has changed since the Chrysler PT Cruiser debuted as a 2001 model, although a moderate update in 2006 brought a refreshed interior design. While the 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser introduced a few new features, like standard side airbags, 2009 brings about some deletions: Convertible and turbocharged GT models have been wiped from the lineup.

The retro-styled Chrysler PT Cruiser, which offers seating for five, is available in Base, Touring, and Limited trim levels. The PT Cruiser convertible, which TheCarConnection.com's editors found to be a styling disaster, disappears for the 2009 model year.

The 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser offers a 2.4-liter in-line four-cylinder engine, which makes 150 horsepower, as standard fare. However, those looking for more oomph from their PT Cruiser can opt for the turbocharged version, which puts out 180 hp. Most PT Cruisers come with the standard five-speed manual transmission, though Touring models get a four-speed automatic, which is optional on the Base. While the styling on the PT Cruiser is retro in a good way, the chassis is simply old. It's a far cry from anything sophisticated or refined, and some editors at TheCarConnection.com describe the PT Cruiser's driving character as "rental car like"--with a smooth, composed ride, but prominent engine noise and handling that's set up for suburban parkways, not mountain roads.

Special edition PT Cruisers have been a marketing ploy Chrysler used to maintain interest in the PT with each new model year. Remember, this car debuted as a 2001 model and hasn't changed much since. Continuing with this tradition, a special Dream Cruiser Series 5 is available in 2009 and gets its own unique two-tone paint and rear spoiler, along with some unique interior and exterior trim. Inside, the Dream Cruiser Series 5 gets heated front seats and some leather appointments.

Continuing with last year's welcome safety improvements, side airbags are standard on all models for 2009, along with tire-pressure monitors. Anti-lock brakes are optional on Base and Touring versions. A 368-watt Boston Acoustics premium sound system with MP3 capability is available, as are Sirius Satellite Radio, Bluetooth, and 17-inch wheels.

The Bottom Line:

There's no more convertible, but if you want to be seen, the 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser still lends some novelty to everyday driving.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Opt
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Opt
Traction/Stability Control Opt
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Opt
Fog Lamps Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-Years/100,000-Miles (whichever comes first). Powertrain Limited Warranty runs from the date vehicle was sold as new.

3-Month/3,000-Mile Maximum Care Warranty. Starts on the date of the CPOV sale, or at the expiration of the remaining 3/36 Basic New Vehicle Warranty.

A deductible may apply. See dealer for details or call 1-800-677-5782
Age/Mileage Eligibility 5 years / 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 125 point
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

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