2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser

small car / 4-door wagon


Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Head restraints & seats


  • G
  • A
  • M
  • P
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2006-10 models

Tested vehicle: 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser LX wagon

The Chrysler PT Cruiser was introduced in the 2001 model year. Beginning with 2006 models, an inflatable knee bolster was added to the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries to drivers in frontal crashes. The car was discontinued after the 2010 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head hit the roof rail during rebound. Head acceleration from this hit was low.

Forces on the lower left leg were high enough to indicate the possibility of injuries.

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2006-10 models

Seat type: Manual cloth seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry