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2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser Interior

This interior review was written when the 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser was new.

While reviewers are pleased with the space available in the 2009 PT Cruisers interior, most don't like what's in it.  Several call interior materials cheap and say build quality is poor.

  • "It's a good size, with enough seating and non-seating variations to make it either a micro-van or small people-carrier."-- The Auto Channel,
  • "Its interior volume rivals that of a large sedan or some sport-utility vehicles," -- the Chicago Sun-Times. 
  • "We 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.'" Automobile Magazine
  • "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."-- Edmunds

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Chrysler says that the 2009 PT Cruiser seats five adults, but some reviewers feel that four is the practical limit. Most reviewers, however, find the front seats comfortable. As for the rear seats, reviews are mixed

  • "The PT's seats were almost unanimously praised for comfort," -- Automobile Magazine.
  • "Taller drivers will find plenty of room to get comfortable . . . shorter drivers may not care for the somewhat flat seat design and elevated driving position." Edmunds
  • "The front bucket seats provide above-average support," -- MSN
  • "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,"-- the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
  • "Outboard passengers have adequate space, but the center rear position is cramped," -- Cars.com
  • "The back seat's not terrifically comfortable for long-legged grown-ups." -- USA Today

Interior Features

The 2009 PT Cruiser has basic standard features, including a sliding sun visor with covered vanity mirrors, a tachometer, an AM/FM stereo with CD player, four speakers and auxiliary input jack, cruise control, tilt-adjustable steering wheel, remote power door locks and front reading lights and power windows.


Reviewers like the PT Cruisers large cargo area. Behind the front seats is 21.2 cubic feet of storage space. Chrysler says the Cruiser's interior 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," -- The New York Times
  • The Cruiser's "versatile, exceptionally roomy interior...can carry the proverbial kitchen sink." The Chicago Sun-Times
  • "Consider it a minivan." USA Today
  • 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." -- The Boston Globe


Review Last Updated: 9/29/09

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