Feb 19, 2006
Reviewed By Paul Duchene
Price as Tested $20,910
Likes

Genuine effort to shake corporate blahs. Faintly reminiscent of ’49 Suburban using SSR hot rod cues and Cobalt platform. Good panel fit; a tall car with 9 inches more interior than the we-dare-not-mention-to-GM-folks PT Cruiser. The absolute opposite of old wagons, barely any brightwork. Handsome instruments, good visibility, decent back seat, 20-plus mpg. Test car had remote start.

Dislikes

Seems like a solemn retro, without the PT Cruiser’s engaging whimsy. Front-wheel drive distorts vintage proportions. Window switches buried behind shifter. 2.4-liter engine works hard to join freeway traffic, seems marginal; 4WD would make it really slow. Very thumpy over highway strips.

Verdict

A breakthrough car – if it had been offered before the PT. Now, it’s become PTII for those who are tired of waiting for Chrysler to get around to a 2nd gen gangster car. If you’ve always wanted a Morris station wagon, but would actually like it to start and run, this is the car for you.

Fun to Drive
2.0 rating
Fun to Look at
4.0 rating
Overall Experience
3.0 rating
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