Chevrolet's HHR debuted in 2006 to much enthusiasm among entry-level car buyers, selling over 100,000 units in its first year. The attention-grabbing style continues in 2008, featuring a big chrome grille and a long smoothly curved hood reminiscent of Chevy's 1949 Suburban. The rear tailgate is framed by two small, round taillights, making the HHR the most unique vehicle in Chevrolet's lineup.
The front-wheel drive platform is borrowed from the Cobalt; however, the HHR is aimed at those looking for more style and more cargo room than the Cobalt provides.
HHR stands for "Heritage High Roof," and it is the high roof that provides ample interior headroom and generous cargo volume. Combined with a very configurable interior, including removable rear seats and a fold-flat front passenger seat, means the HHR is a very versatile passenger and cargo hauler. Captain's style seating allows good visibility and SUV appeal.
The base LS comes with the 2.2L engine and five-speed manual transmission, which can be upgraded to a four-speed automatic. The interior is generously equipped with standard power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, air conditioning, and cruise control. Remote vehicle start is available, as are antilock brakes with traction control. Music fans can opt for a seven-speaker Pioneer premium sound system.
The up-level LT trim adds an additional $1,000 to the sticker price, as well as 16-inch aluminum wheels, power mirrors, a power driver's seat, and an MP3 capable stereo with automatic volume control and an equalizer. The 2.4L engine, which puts out 172 horsepower and 167 lb-ft of torque, is only available on the LT trim as a $650 option.
The $2,395 2LT Preferred Equipment Package available on the LT trim includes a Pioneer speaker system, leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, fog lamps, chrome appearance package, 17-inch aluminum wheels, ABS brakes, StabiliTrak, the 2.4L engine, sport suspension, and traction control.
New for 2008 is the performance oriented SS model. Equipped with the same 2.0L turbo four that propels the Solstice GXP and Sky Redline, the SS promises to have plenty of verve. In addition to the hot engine, the HHR SS has four disc brakes, a stiffer suspension, 18-inch alloys, StabiliTrak, a rear spoiler, and fog lights. Inside, high-bolster seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel keep up with the performance theme.
Upgraded wheels, audio systems, and comfort features are available across the model range, allowing buyers to choose their level of customization.
For those looking to haul more goods than people, the HHR can be ordered in a panel configuration. It deletes the rear doors, rear windows, and rear seat, allowing users to stuff 55.6 cubic feet of cargo into the vehicle.
Glass, deep-tinted second row doors, quarter windows and rear
Mirrors, outside power-adjustable with body-color cap
Wipers, front intermittent, speed-sensitive
Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback, seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, Radio Data System (RDS), automatic volume, TheftLock, auxiliary input jack and 36 cross-band presets
Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
Seats, front bucket with cloth includes 60/40 split-folding rear seat
Seat adjuster, 8-way power driver (fore/aft, height adjuster, seat cushion tilt, lumbar and manual recline) and manual front passenger, 4-way (fore/aft and recline)
Cargo net, commercial (Requires a Fleet or Government order type.)
Seats, front bucket with cloth, includes 60/40 split-folding rear seat
Seat, front passenger flat-folding seatback
Console, floor with rear and dual front cup holders
Floor mats, carpeted front and rear
Steering wheel, urethane with mounted Driver Information Center and cruise controls
Steering column, tilt
Driver Information Center, includes Oil Life Monitor
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Windows, power, include driver Express-Down
Door locks, power
Remote Keyless Entry
Theft-deterrent system, vehicle, PASS-Key III+
Defogger, rear-window electric
Power outlets, 2 auxiliary, 1 front and 1 rear
Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming with compass display
Map pocket, driver seatback
Cargo mat, carpeted rear (Retail order types only)
Cargo net, trunk
OnStar, 1-year of Safe and Sound plan. Includes Automatic Notification of Air Bag Deployment, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, Emergency Services, Roadside Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Hands-Free Calling, AccidentAssist and Remote Horn & Lights (OnStar services require vehicle electrical system (including battery), wireless service and GPS satellite signals to be available and operating for features to function properly. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance and Remote Door Unlock success varies with conditions. OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics available on most 2004 MY and newer GM vehicles. Diagnostic capability varies by model. Visit onstar.com or call 1-888-466-7827 for system limitations and details. Not available with a ship-to of Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.)
Air bags, frontal, driver and right front passenger (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your childs age and size, even in vehicles equipped with air bags. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. See the vehicles Owners Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
Safety belts, 3-point, driver and right-front passenger, height-adjustable
Door locks, rear child security
LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats