2006 Chevrolet HHR LT Review

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2006 Chevrolet HHR LT Review

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SPECIFICATIONS

MODEL: HHR LT

ENGINE: 2.4-liter L4

HORSEPOWER/TORQUE: 172 hp @ rpm/162 lb.-ft. @ 5000 rpm

5-speed manual

WHEELBASE: in.

LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT: x 69.2 x 65.2 in.

TIRES: all-season

CARGO VOLUME: cu. ft.

ECONOMY: 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway/24.1 mpg

PRICE: $$19,030 (includes destination charge)

Obviously a on the Chrysler PT Cruiser, the Chevrolet HHR car has a charm of its own. The PT Cruiser and HHR are similar vehicles, with identical engines, nearly dimensions, and nearly identical Both are built in Mexico.

Which one you choose is exclusively in the eye of the

Like the PT Cruiser, the HHR is built on a car platform, in this case the It is front-wheel drive and solid, few rattles. We had an opportunity to drive one in a test as well as a quickie at the northeast introduction. Both were solid and gave the that all the bolts were and all the welds secure.

This something you’ll always in a compact car, no matter it’s built.

Under the hood is a 2.4-liter inline engine rated at 172 horsepower. is plenty of power for the 3100-pound Any more power would be Power reaches the front through a 5-speed manual

Actually, this is the reason I the HHR a week before it was scheduled. It another local automotive who writes for a large daily can’t drive a manual car, so the car that was scheduled for him was to me. Thanks.

The shifter is topped by a neat ball, just as it should be in a hot vehicle. One of my few complaints with the HHR was I felt the shifter itself was two to three inches too short. It really a problem, although it was with the driver’s fold-down in place.

I felt the gearbox was gated and the gears were to find. I felt that the HHR was comfortable in fourth gear in driving, in fifth on the highway.

In of the driver is a neat instrument The instruments are white-on-black, my personal There’s a multi-function gauge to the housing the water temperature and level gauges.

The large speedometer in the middle has a tachometer placed so that it and gives a three-dimensional effect.

vents on the dash itself can be completely, similar to the new Mustang, so a neater, flat appearance.

window switches are located at the of the center stack, not my favorite While they’re clearly you have to stretch a bit to reach It does take a while to the right window to open, but with my shallow learning I figured it out. The seats little side support.

Normally I would whine this, but the HHR really isn’t a car, so you’re not going to go around corners at speeds would require better support. They were though.

Rear legroom is especially with the front pushed back. However, one of the of this type of vehicle is headroom, so you can sit more erectly to the need for greater legroom and not hit head on the roof. There’s one cup holder for rear passengers, two up

Despite more than 63 feet of cargo volume the rear seats folded), always nice to find storage areas in the cockpit are more accessible. The HHR has a couple, a neat tray on the top of the dash covered and deep. Even the top up, forward visibility isn’t

The rear cargo area has configurations. There’s a tray, or that can be kept flat on the or lifted to a midway position, a two-level storage area. are also bins underneath can stow smaller items.

I think I would keep the seats folded and use the HHR as a two-passenger wagon. There would be of room for golf bags, but two golfers would travel to the

Our audio system consisted of an stereo system. However, the XM hooked up, much to my dismay.

The HVAC system was excellent. We had the HHR one of the early cold snaps, and the really pumped out the calories.

We had the LT version. There’s an LS version $1,000 cheaper, with a price of $16,425. Among the on our tester were the 2.4-liter (as opposed to the base 2.2-liter) 4-wheel anti-lock brakes side curtain air bags and roof luggage rails

Color-keyed running boards$445) a dealer-installed option.

As I said at the the choice between the HHR and the PT Cruiser are in the eye of the We’ll bet the HHR attracts a lot of buyers.

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