What year was the first Chrysler PT Cruiser?

My parents bought me a brand new PT Cruiser as a graduation gift when I finished college but I traded it in after grad school. I’m pretty it was a first-year model, but I just can’t remember and now I miss it! What year did the first Chrysler PT Cruiser come out?

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Answer provided by
Mary Alice Morris
Answered on May 12, 2022
What a cool car to have nostalgia for. The first Chrysler PT Cruiser was produced in 2000 for the 2001 model year. It was an unusual innovation at the time, and nobody was sure whether to call it a minivan, a utility vehicle, or a passenger car.
Eventually, the PT Cruiser settled into its identity as a compact crossover SUV that seats five. Standard features for the 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser included:
  • 150-hp, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine
  • Four doors and a hatchback
  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Optional front folding seat
  • Automatic or manual transmission
  • Optional ABS system
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