Have you seen a PT Cruiser pulling up into your rearview lately? Sure you have. We all do every day. After all, the PT has been Chrysler's biggest sales success since the launch of the mid-1980's Magic Vans. Just how many are out there? Since its production launch in February 2000 through to the same month of this year, more than 340,000 have been sold worldwide. So, what has made this self-titled 'segment-buster' so popular? That's simple. Styling, price and packaging, in that order.
Spend a week with one, as I have on a few occasions, and you'll quickly learn to appreciate its minivan-cum-station wagon virtues. A high van-like roofline makes entry and exit easy, even with baby and child seat in hand. Its versatile 65/35 split rear seat allows for three passengers plus long, tall and otherwise awkward items to travel side by side - they're removable too. Up front and center the floor mounted console includes four cup holders (two for rear passengers), coin holders, a letter holder, cassette/CD storage bin, multipurpose bin, pen/pencil tray and auxiliary power outlet. The PT is ultra convenient.
As for price, $24,760 even makes it accessible to modest wage earners. It comes well equipped in standard trim too, including tilt steering, power windows, variable intermittent front wipers, rear wiper, and an AM/FM audio system with CD player and six premium speakers to play Beach Boys Endless Summer loud and proud.
The Touring Edition includes deep tint sunscreen glass, a unique fold-flat front passenger seat, cruise control, power/heated outside mirrors, alarm, 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, power locks with remote access, towing suspension and more.