PT CRUISER CONVERTIBLE
Description: Compact 2-door convertible
Standard Touring GT
Wheelbase: 103.0 inches
Overall length: 168.8 inches
Standard: 2.4-L I4
Touring: 2.4-L I4 opt. turbo-charging
GT: 2.4-L I4 Turbo/HO
Standard: Manual/5/NVG T350
Touring: Manual/5/NVG T350
GT: Manual/5/Getrag G288
Steering: Power rack and pinion
Standard: Power disc/drum
Touring: Power disc/drum, opt. ABS
GT: Power 4-disc, ABS/TCS
Standard: 2 (front)
Touring: 2 (front) + opt. 2 (side)
GT: 2 (front) + 2 (side)
EPA mileage est. city/hwy:
2.4-L M/5: 21/29 mpg
2.4-L A/4: 20/25 mpg
Standard: $ 19,995
Touring: $ 22,900
GT: $ 27,565
PT Cruiser Convertible is built at Chrysler’s assembly plant in Toluca, Mexico, where the PT Cruiser wagons come together.
From the outset there are three versions available as cast in a range of price points and power ratings.
The entry version, with the MSRP cut to $19,995, scores as the most affordable four-seat convertible in North America. It contains an efficient twin-cam 2.4-liter in-line-four engine and sporty five-speed manual transmission.
The plant musters 150 hp at 5100 rpm plus a torque rating of 165 lb-ft at 4000 rpm.
Standard on this issue labeled ‘Standard’ are items like 15-inch wheels and tires, air conditioning, white-faced analog instruments including a tachometer, performance-oriented seats covered in cloth fabric, power windows and door locks, an AM-FM radio with cassette deck and dual-stage frontal air bags.
The mid-level trim — ‘Touring’ — has 16-inch cast aluminum wheels and a price of $22,900.
PT Touring brings numerous performance options, such as a four-speed automatic transaxle or a turbo-charger applied to the 2.4-liter engine.
With the turbo boost, the plant’s output rises to 180 hp at 5100 rpm and 210 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. The GT’s engine, lifted off the PT Turbo, races with 220 hp at 5100 rpm and torque running to 245 lb-ft between 2400 and 4500 rpm.
Top grade for PT Cruiser Convertible is the GT trim, which tallies to $27,565 and earns a high-output turbo.
Also aboard the PT GT is either a five-speed heavy-duty manual shifter by Getrag of Germany or an optional four-speed automatic with Chrysler’s AutoStick, which brings shift-it-yourself choices like a manual.
It has leather seats and more safety gear, such as side air bags and four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock and traction controllers.