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 2009, 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 one of the most unique looking 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. HHRs come in either four-door models or two-door panel models.
HHR stands for "Heritage High Roof," and it is the high roof that provides ample interior headroom and generous cargo volume. Combined with a highly configurable interior, including removable rear seats and a fold-flat front passenger seat, the HHR is a versatile passenger and cargo hauler. Captain-style seating allows good visibility and SUV appeal.
The base LS comes with the 2.2L E85 4-cylinder and puts out 155 hp. The standard 5-speed manual transmission can be upgraded to a 4-speed automatic. The interior is generously equipped with standard power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, air conditioning, AM/FM/CD stereo with MP3 playback and XM satellite capability, and cruise control. Remote vehicle start is available, and music fans can opt for a seven-speaker Pioneer premium sound system.
The up-level LT trim adds 16-inch aluminum wheels, power mirrors, and a power driver's seat. The 2.4L engine, which puts out 172 hp and 167 ft-lb of torque, is only available on the LT trim as an option.
The 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, the 2.4L engine, and sport suspension.
The performance-oriented SS model gets its power from the same 260-hp 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder that propels the Solstice GXP and Sky Redline. In addition to the hot engine, the HHR SS has four disc brakes, a stiffer suspension, 18-inch alloys, a rear spoiler, and fog lights. Inside, high-bolster seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel keep up with the performance theme. The SS package is available in either four-door or panel models.
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.
Upgraded wheels, audio systems, and comfort features are available across the model range, allowing buyers to choose their level of customization. Standard safety features on all HHRs include StabiliTrak stability control, traction control, antilock brakes and one year of OnStar.
Engine, ECOTEC 2.2L Variable Valve Timing DOHC 4-cylinder SFI (E85) includes (E85) FlexFuel (gas ethanol) capability, uses gasoline or E85 fuel (155 hp [115.6 kW] @ 6100 rpm, 150 lb-ft of torque [202.5 N-m] @ 4800 rpm).
Front wheel drive
Battery rundown protection
Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, front disc/rear drum
Wheels, 16" (40.6 cm) fascia spoke, painted Sterling Silver
Tires, P215/55R16, all-season, blackwall
Tire, compact spare
Glass, deep-tint second row doors, quarter windows and rear
Mirrors, outside power-adjustable with body-color cap (Mirror caps are bright chrome when B57 is ordered.)
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
XM Radio. XM Radio includes 3 trial months of service. XM turns your world on with commercial-free music channels from Rock to Jazz, Country to Classical, Latin Pop to Hip Hop, and virtually everything in between, all in amazing digital sound. Turn on your favorite Sports with every Major League Baseball game from Opening Day until the World Series, NHL Hockey, the PGA TOUR and college football and basketball. Plus XM brings you the biggest names in news and talk, outrageous comedy, award-winning family programming -- wherever you go from coast to coast. Exclusive live concerts, Oprah and Friends, Radio Disney, and so much more. Find what turns you on (Not available with (UE0) OnStar, delete or (U2J) XM Radio, delete. Available only in the 48 contiguous United States. Required $12.95 monthly subscription sold separately after 3 trial months. Visit gm.xmradio.com for more details.)
Seats, front bucket 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)
Seat, front passenger flat-folding seatback
Console, floor with rear and 3 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
Windows, power, include driver Express-Down
Door locks, power
Remote Keyless Entry
Theft-deterrent system, vehicle, PASS-Key III+
Air conditioning, with air filtration
Defogger, rear-window electric
Power outlets, 2 auxiliary, 1 front and 1 rear
Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night (Includes OnStar buttons with (UE1) OnStar. OnStar buttons deleted when (UE0) OnStar delete is ordered.)
Map pocket, driver seatback
Cargo mat, carpeted rear (Retail order types only)
Cargo net, trunk
Traction control, all-speed, full function
StabiliTrak, electronic stability control system
Daytime Running Lamps
Air bags, dual-stage, frontal, driver and front passenger with infant only suppression (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.)
Air bags head curtain side-impact, front and rear outboard seating positions (Head curtain side air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front and rear seat occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and the correct child 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 vehicle's Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
OnStar, 1-year of Safe and Sound plan. Includes Automatic Crash Notification, Automatic Notification of Air Bag Deployment, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, a link to all Emergency Services, Roadside Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Hands-Free Calling and Remote Horn and 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 limitations and details. For a list of vehicles with Automatic Crash Notification visit onstar.com. Not available with a ship-to of Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.)
Door locks, rear child security
LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats