I love the PT Cruiser. Stop judging

I've realised what that feeling actually was.

1y ago

Okay, so I was being a bit clickbaity there. I’m not one of those foolish Millennials who whines, “I’m entitled to my opinion, so stop judging” - forgetting of course that just as they’re entitled to their opinion, I’m entitled to my opinion that their opinion is rubbish.

But I am in dead earnest about the PT Cruiser. I can't go on pretending otherwise.

I've liked it deep down ever since I was about 7, when an asphalt grey PT Cruiser came up the street while I was on my bike, but it's something I've never wanted to confront. Because admitting you like the PT Cruiser in motoring circles is like being a respected member of a book club and then letting fly one evening that you reckon the Hobbit movie was ten thousand times better than the book.

And so I fully understand – and respect – that I will be judged. But before you do, let me give a plea why I love Chrysler’s little retro car.

That's not going to fit, Brandon.

That's not going to fit, Brandon.


In DriveTribe debates about the worth of cars, I often come back to that Oscar Wilde quote, “It’s absurd to divide people into good or bad. People are either charming or tedious” and if you’re about to say, “Some say it actually wasn’t Oscar Wilde who said that” – then let me remind you that the kind of people who question whether Shakespeare really wrote Macbeth or Bach actually composed Toccata are amongst the most tedious people in the world.

Point is, it’s absurd to divide cars into good or bad. Cars are either charming or tedious.

And I’m not going to push my luck and argue that the PT Cruiser is charming. But I am going to say that there’s plenty of noughties hatchbacks that we don’t care enough to talk about. So it isn’t tedious.


Look, yes.

There’s something about its distinctive, 1940s-esque retro styling that just makes it a bit appealing. Sort of like a MINI, or a VW New Beetle, but American.

And I have to admit I like it in Woody form most of all.


There comes a point, after you’ve yelled at a dog so much, that you begin to feel a bit guilty. It's like that with the Chrysler PT Cruiser. It’s one of those terms in the motoring world like Prius and New TopGear. Nothing positive can ever surround it.

The trouble is, I don’t think the Chrysler PT Cruiser was ever a bad dog. I think it was a slightly silly, but cute dog who a few people pushed away. And the rest of us simply did the same.

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Comments (177)

  • They're a pain in the ass to work on. The battery is in the front left wheel well. But, top respect to you and saying you like it. I mean, I like the Mitsuoka Orochi.

      1 year ago
  • You know that to change the headlight bulbs, you have to take off the entire front bumper and this is one of the many poor design features of the PT cruiser.

      1 year ago
  • Please... They tried to make it look like an old 1930's wagon, not only the engine ruined it, the general body shape is looking worse than the car it tried to mimick... The best use for it is to throw it down a cliff.

      1 year ago
  • Who wrote this? Stevie Wonder?

      1 year ago
  • Its horrible and all of them should be burnt

      1 year ago