Chevrolet HHR – Overview – CarGurus

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Chevrolet HHR

Model Overview

the Chevrolet HHR

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Few cars created more buzz the HHR, and here it is again headlines – this heralding the end of Chevrolet’s quirky vehicle. Modeled after the Suburban, the “Heritage High is a dream for drivers with a for all things large, odd, and – especially now with the HHR on endangered nameplate list a mere 5 production years.

endangered of all is the coveted SS trim, cut the lineup this year just 2 years of production. from that, only a new features were added a single option pack for final edition HHR.

equipment in every HHR includes air conditioning, power windows, locks, power mirrors, keyless entry, cruise trip computer, an AM/FM/MP3/CD system with an auxiliary jack and satellite radio The HHR comes as a four-door, five-passenger wagon in LS and LT trims, or a two-seat LS van.

The LS gets 16-inch with covers, while the LT upgrade the rubber to silver-painted wheels. The 1LT adds a power seat and bright trim, and the 2LT is with foglamps, leather wheel and shifter, and an upgraded Pioneer sound system subwoofer.

Options include a sunroof, seats, and a MyLink package Bluetooth connectivity, OnStar and Connections, and USB connectivity, and for 2011 you get a year’s subscription included for XM radio.

The four-bangers available in the HHR are a 155-hp CVVT engine and a 172-hp engine, both of running on E85 ethanol-blended fuel and with a 5-speed manual or automatic transmission. The 2.2 standard in the LS and 1LT 22/32 mpg, while the 2.4 in the 1LT and standard in the 2LT loses just 2 miles to the gallon for its additional

However, the fuel economy of the 2.4 may not be impacted, because the bigger doesn’t directly translate to power – the larger still moves and grooves a lot the smaller, and that is bad news. engines are a bit underpowered for even an HHR, making steep a laborious climb if you use all 58 cubic of available cargo room the seats folded down (63 in the LS edition).

Although the 2LT does seem to do a bit with the larger engine, its and handling are universally rated as and uninspiring. Drivers also on large blind spots and the suspension getting bouncy at speeds. However, the HHR is surprisingly and easy to park, and the cabin is silent.

Production is slated to end for the HHR in with the Chevrolet Captiva later in the year as a comparable option to fleets only. the HHR already pushed similar for consumers like Chrysler’s PT off the production road, it looks nostalgia lovers will have to own something old for their fix.

Model History

The HHR was the car GM executives used to exemplify its new to bring the company back to and for the HHR’s first few years it to fulfill that promise. The ‘06 HHR on sale in July of ‘05, and 10,000 left dealerships month through the end of 2007 then, it seems, GM ran out of incentives enough to keep drivers back.

The first HHR came in LS and LT trims a one-piece rear liftgate, air power windows, power power mirrors, remote entry, split-folding rear and a fold-flat front-passenger seat for long cargo. Standard came from a 2.2-liter, 4-cylinder with either a manual or 4-speed automatic with remote start.

The LT got a power driver’s seat and alloy wheels, with the of a 2.4-liter, 172-hp I4 engine, was the standard in the 2LT along with a suspension, antilock brakes, wheels, and traction control an automatic transmission. Curtain airbags, OnStar Assistance, and radio were available as

The ‘07 and ‘08 HHR are almost identical to the ‘06, but 6 more horses for the 2.2 and 3 more for the 2.4 through a few tweaks to the same As such, the later years have the same electrical and problems present in the ‘06, and don’t perform quite as as drivers prefer while gas at a rate of 20/28 mpg.

However, the ‘08 HHR gained stability tire pressure monitoring, and as standard features, and its fuel was upgraded to 20/30 mpg. A powerful SS trim also the lineup with a firmer suspension and a turbocharged 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine with an 19/28 mpg despite the massive – and it quickly became the Unlike previous renditions, the HHR SS was powerful, and fun to drive with disappointments.

Although the HHR managed to sales of its closest comparable – Chrysler’s PT Cruiser pushing it out of production in 2010, the was short-lived. More utilitarian and competitors moved to the fore, as the Honda Element and Fit and the Scion xB. prices skyrocketed –

Sales dropped nearly 20% in ‘08 the addition of the fun SS and would never rise above 100,000 units.

Chevrolet tried to market pressures for something “green” by modifying the ‘09 HHR to run on E85 ethanol-blended and bumping fuel economy up 2 on every gallon. The LS and 1LT now got a 2.2-liter, CVVT 4-cylinder, and the 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine standard on the 2LT was an option for the 1LT. The SS got its efficiency in 2010, now needing just mpg to fuel all those horses.

2011 marks the final for the HHR, and it rides off into the without any significant changes and without the cherished SS. Although the Captiva will fill the gap for there is no word if the Captiva ever be available to U.S. or whether Chevrolet will something similar in the future but if you read between the numbers, probably safe to assume all people who wanted the HHR have it, and else cares.


By far the best HHR is the 2010 SS, hands end of story. Given its rarity, you might end up paying more the suggested 20 grand due to thick but if you intend to use all 58 cubic feet of room, those 260 horses be exceptionally useful and well the investment.

Otherwise, a few loose cables the ‘08 and newer models are excellent Chevy managed to fix the majority of the issues in the prototype years, so the ‘08 has a couple minor glitches twisted terminals in the fuse and a loose video feed and you can get one for less than $10,000.

The ‘09 and ‘10 are a step up with improved economy and significantly fewer Don’t expect a strong value on any but the SS – you can probably win a bid significantly less than the 10 and 14 suggested on the ‘09 and ‘10, respectively. If you do go the of a non-SS HHR, don’t strong performance, but do expect of room and comfort.

Longevity is anyone’s guess for this nameplate, but since the HHR is built on the platform as the Cavalier and Cobalt, you can much expect the same of the HHR as you the other two.

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