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2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser Interior

This interior review was written when the 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser was new.

Reviewers are particularly impressed with the spaciousness of the 2007 PT Cruiser's interior, but the interior finish is badly reviewed. "It's a good size," says The Auto Channel, "with enough seating and non-seating variations to make it either a micro-van or small people-carrier."

The PT Cruiser looks fairly small on the outside, but reviewers are quick to emphasize that it's remarkably spacious on the inside, which means both comfort for passengers and lots of cargo room. "Its interior volume rivals that of a large sedan or some sport-utility vehicles," says the Chicago Sun-Times.  For the most part, reviewers also find that interior to be attractive and stylish. "The Cruiser looks just as cute on the inside," says the Detroit News.

However, not all reviewers agree. Automobile Magazine says that "[w]e weren't nearly as unanimous in our opinions about the design and quality of the Cruiser's interior.  Half of our drivers agreed with [one of our editors], who called the interior 'appallingly cheap. Everything within sight looks cheap and tacky.' But [a different editor] voiced the opinions of others that 'fit and finish are really well done, and surfacing is basically attractive.'" Edmunds also complains about interior materials: "A quick rap on just about any interior surface will reveal hard plastic where many of today's vehicles feature soft-touch material. Even the 'chrome' rings around the gauges are actually chrome-plated plastic."

Seating

Chrysler says that the 2007 PT Cruiser seats five adults, but some reviewers feel that only four adults should be squeezed inside. Most reviewers, however, find it to be a comfortable ride.

 "The PT's seats were almost unanimously praised for comfort," says Automobile Magazine. And Edmunds feels that "[h]ead and shoulder room is plentiful and the high seating positions contribute to commodious legroom, sufficient thigh support, and excellent outward visibility." MSN found that "[t]he front bucket seats provide above-average support" and the Boston Globe adds that "[t]hese are some great seats up front, powerfully bolstered along the thighs and up the torso, supportive beneath the knees."

The rear seats get mixed notices from reviewers. "Several six-footers on the test drive hopped in the back seat and found oodles of headroom due to the rounded roof, and a bunch of legroom, too," says the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. But Cars.com notes that "the center rear position is cramped" and USA TODAY found that "the back seat's not terrifically comfortable for long-legged grown-ups."

Interior Features

The 2007 PT Cruiser comes with a good array of standard features, including a sliding sun visor with covered vanity mirrors, a tachometer, an AM/FM stereo with CD player, six speakers and auxiliary input jack, six-way power driver seat, bucket front seats, remote power door locks, power mirrors and windows, cruise control, tilt-adjustable steering wheel, air conditioning and front reading lights.

Cargo

More than one reviewer refers to the PT Cruiser's cargo area as "cavernous." There is 21.2 cubic feet of space available behind the rear seats, but Chrysler says the Cruiser's interior space has 160 different seating and cargo configurations, with various shelves, platforms and cubbyholes for storing a wide variety of large and small objects. "With the rear seats out and the front passenger seat folded down, the interior is cavernous," says the New York Times, "big enough to hold two or three mountain bikes, an eight-foot ladder or a downtown D.J.'s rave-ready turntable and loudspeakers." The Chicago Sun-Times says that the Cruiser's "versatile, exceptionally roomy interior...can carry the proverbial kitchen sink." And USA TODAY says "[c]onsider it a minivan."

The New York Times also praises the optional shelf unit that fits in the Cruiser's rear: "The package shelf in back -- it can be used in several positions, and also doubles as a fold-out table for tailgate parties -- can be positioned to form a level surface from rear hatch to dashboard. If you run a catering service or flower shop, your next delivery van has arrived." Several reviewers praise Chrysler's creative ingenuity in finding fresh ways to store things: The Boston Globe notes that the Cruiser has "storage bins where most cars don't even have places. Pockets and nets and sliding drawers throughout. It's almost as if, inside, you are sitting in an appliance rather than an automobile."

Review Last Updated: 5/1/08

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