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2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wgn

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Top Features of Base Model

  • Unique exterior styling
  • Comfortable seats
  • Plenty of cargo space
  • Smooth ride quality
  • Confident steering and handling

About the Chrysler PT Cruiser

The Chrysler PT Cruiser is a four-door vehicle with a rear hatch for the cargo area. Most versions of the Chrysler PT can seat up to five people. The car is known for its distinct style, which is a throwback to classic cars of the 30s and 40s.

The PT shares design elements with several different types of vehicles. You can find similarities here to a truck, wagon, or even a modern crossover SUV. It's a multi-purpose vehicle that may have been ahead of its time.

Combining the Best of New and Old

When the PT Cruiser was first introduced in 2001, it was a time of big trucks and SUVs. The old family station wagon was mostly a thing of the past. The Cruiser filled a specific niche that seemed to be missing from the automotive landscape.

This vehicle is one of the best sources of transportation for a large group. You will get plenty of space for passengers and tons of room for cargo. It has enough versatility to tackle a routine grocery run or a move to a new home.

If you're the adventurous type, there's plenty of space in the PT Cruiser for camping, outdoor, and sports equipment. There is enough utility and functionality here to suit single drivers or a large family.

Another strong selling point for this car was its driving dynamics. Reviews were generally positive about the steering and handling. The Cruiser also offers a strong performance from its transmission and engine.

The last version of this wagon had a 2.4-liter I-4 engine. It is capable of producing 150 and 165 pounds-feet of torque. That's plenty of power to prevent the car from ever feeling bogged down even when loaded with people and cargo.

The engine produces enough torque and power to give the vehicle some towing capabilities as well. If you need to tow a trailer or boat along for the ride, the PT Cruiser can handle it. When properly outfitted, it can pull up to 1,000 pounds

Designers paired the engine with a 4-speed automatic transmission. This makes the car easy for anyone to drive. Shifting is smooth and accurate with this system.

Classic Design at a Fair Price

Another great thing about the Chrysler PT is its unique design. The nod to classic cars of the past will forever make the PT Cruiser stand out on the road. Even in 2018 to 2019, the PT design is simply unmistakable.

New editions of the Chrysler PT Cruiser sold at a reasonable price. Now that it's discontinued, you can still find local deals available without too much of a search. The company sold a lot of these cars, and they're still quite common.

The PT came in standard or convertible versions depending on the production date. This is a great option for drivers who live in mild or warm climates. There are also a lot of special editions and unique versions of this classic.

Later editions of these vehicles had a number of nice convenience features. The latest version offered a modern infotainment system that came with an AM/FM stereo and CD player.

The audio system offered an auxiliary input jack for connecting an MP3 player. Four high-quality speakers pumped out your favorite music with crystal clarity. You get plenty of volume from the setup as well.

A Wi-Fi HotSpot became standard for the last version of the Chrysler PT. This feature allows you to keep connected to the internet. Riders can even view online videos right from a smartphone and other mobile devices.

The manufacturer also added in their Uconnect multi-media service for the last version of the Chrysler PT Cruiser. That gives you access to SiriusXM Satellite radio. A free trial was initially offered for new buyers.

Colors of the Chrysler PT

Choosing a Chrysler PT Cruiser is all about being unique and going for something different. Fortunately, the manufacturer also provided some nice color choices over the years. Some special editions were released like bright yellow and other bold choices.

For the last year of production, the color choices were more conservative. You could select from the following:

  • Silver Steel Metallic
  • Deep Water Blue Pearl
  • Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl
  • Stone White
  • Inferno Red Crystal Pearl
  • Bright Silver Metallic

What PT Stands For

The letters PT are short for personal transportation. These letters were actually changed to PG for European markets. This is because it was a production code for the vehicle.

Where Was the Cruiser Made?

The manufacturer produced most of the models in their plant located in Toluca, Mexico. This continued from the beginning of production up to the year 2010.

Unfortunately, these cars aren't being made anymore. Production stopped after the 2010 model. While the manufacturer sold over 145,000 new cars in 2001, the last year of production only reached a sale total of 18,000.

What Is the Cargo Capacity of the PT Cruiser?

It's a flexible vehicle with 32 different seat and storage configurations. This means you have plenty of options that are perfect for day-to-day activities or special occasions, like road trips. When properly configured, you get an impressive 76 cubic feet of storage space from the Chrysler PT Cruiser.

Pros and Cons of the 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser


  • Good acceleration
  • Great driving dynamics
  • Spacious interior
  • A lot of storage space
  • It's a reliable car


  • It is now out of production
  • Poor fuel economy when compared to modern cars
  • Replacement parts can be expensive
  • It has some cheap interior parts and materials
Model History

A Brief History of the PT Cruiser

The Chrysler PT Cruiser made its debut in 2001. From there, it immediately took the auto industry by storm. It was almost released as a Plymouth, but that brand was discontinued the same year as the Cruiser's debut.

The first iteration was a four-door hatchback with front-wheel drive. A convertible model was eventually offered in 2005. Designers released several special editions throughout the years.

In 2003, the PT Cruiser got a GT model. This version was an enhanced model with better performance specs. The extra power came from the addition of a turbocharger. This GT model had a top speed of up to 125 mph.

To capitalize on the Chrysler PT Cruiser's similarity to a hot rod, the company released flame-package models. The manufacturer added flame decals that flowed along the sides from front to back.

The manufacturer often enjoyed playing up the retro style of their PT Cruiser. Between 2002 and 2004, designers released the Woodie Package. The wood side panels hearkened back to the days of the old station wagon.

For the most part, the exterior design of the Cruiser stayed the same through out its nine-year run. Since the appearance made the vehicle a top commodity, the manufacturer didn't do anything to risk that. All of the innovations came from the performance and convenience features each year.

There weren't a ton of changes from 2001 to 2006. Mainly, you just got small new features and some special editions such as the Street Cruiser Route 66 Edition. In 2007, you once again had the choice of a convertible version.

By 2007, you could get a Cruiser in four different trim levels. These, in turn, came with five different powertrain options. The vehicle was popular and more choices meant that it would appeal to the widest array of potential buyers.

By 2008, sales started to slow down for this iconic roadster. All production ceased as of 2009. The last Chrysler PT Cruiser cars hit the company service floors the next season.

Specs & Key Features of the 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser


Body Style
Small Station Wagon
150 hp
Passenger Doors
Passenger Seating
Front Wheel Drive
City MPG

Key Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • CD Player

More Features

  • 15" x 6.0" black steel wheels
  • P195/65R15 all-season touring BSW tires
  • 15" bolt-on wheel covers
  • Goodyear tires
  • Compact spare tire
  • Body-color front fascia
  • Body-color rear fascia
  • Rear spoiler
  • Body-color grille
  • Quad halogen headlamps
  • Manual remote control mirrors
  • Solar control glass
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Rear window wiper/washer
  • Bright door handles
  • Deluxe insulation group
  • Cloth low-back front bucket seats
  • 65/35 split fold/tumble/removable rear seat
  • Rear outboard head restraints
  • Floor console w/covered storage
  • Passenger compartment floor carpet
  • Tilt steering column
  • Sentry Key theft deterrent system
  • Instrument panel
  • 120 mph speedometer
  • Instrument cluster -inc: tachometer
  • Instrument panel satin silver bezel
  • Trip computer
  • Pwr windows w/front 1-touch down feature
  • Pwr accessory delay
  • Speed sensitive pwr door locks
  • Keyless entry w/panic alarm, (2) transmitters
  • Air conditioning
  • Front & rear climate control outlets
  • Rear window defroster
  • Analog clock
  • Glove box
  • Front door sill scuff pads
  • Covered sliding visor vanity mirrors
  • Front dome lamp
  • Cargo lamp
  • Color-keyed shift knob
  • 12V aux pwr outlet in center console
  • 2.4L DOHC SMPI 16-valve I4 engine (N/A w/NAS Emissions)
  • 5-speed manual transmission w/OD
  • Front wheel drive
  • 510 CCA maintenance-free battery
  • 120-amp alternator
  • Front stabilizer bar
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr steering fluid cooler
  • Pwr front disc/rear drum brakes
  • Advanced multistage front air bags
  • Supplemental front seat side air bags
  • Supplemental side air bags
  • Occupant classification system
  • LATCH-ready child seat anchor system
  • Rear door child protection locks
  • Tire pressure monitoring system lamp
  • Single low note horn
  • AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc: aux input jack
  • (4) speakers
  • Fixed long mast antenna

Warranty Options for the 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser (4)










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Available Trims for the 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser (3)

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Safety Ratings for the 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser

2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wgn

US NHTSA Crash Test Results

Results shown are for the 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4dr Wgn:

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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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