Why People Hate The PT Cruiser

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It’s just a car, right? It runs and drives fine. It’s spacious, it’s capable, and dammit it works. So why do people loathe and mock these things?


As Regular Car Reviews explains (along with a lot of mishmosh about postmodernism), it all comes down to fear.

Because the PT Cruiser has transitioned from being a silly car bought by sappy old people, to a soggy hand-me-down from a now-dead relative. It’s the kind of car that takes people to such-and-such anonymous meetings. And you look at the PT Cruiser, and you see that you might yourself only be a few bad choices away from having one.


So spare the PT Cruiser your disdain. I’m sure there are cars that deserve it more.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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It was honestly a good car when it came out in 2001. It was stylish, decent bargain, reasonably equipped, and fairly fuel efficient.

The main problem is that it remained for sale, unchanged, in 2010. And in between, arguably, the greatest period of automotive engineering improvements of all time. By the end, it was ugly because there were no styling updates to keep it with the time, it was overpriced, it was underequipped, and it was a gas guzzler compared to the competition.

It’s easy to look at a 2001 car, which is basically the same as a 2010 model, and forget the context in which it was launched, when the context of the 2010 is still fresh in the mind.