|Reviewed By||Paul Duchene|
|Price as Tested||$20,910|
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.
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.
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|
|Fun to Look at|
Feb 19, 2006