Chevrolet HHR is a smooth-looking, good-riding compact 4-door wagon suitable for family use or work. Available in either 2- or 4-door styling, wagon or panel side wagon, the HHR is loaded with many excellent standard features and a raft of available upgrade options. The name HHR" stands for "Heritage High Roof", which refers to its high retro-wagon look reminiscent of the 1949 Suburban. It is value priced starting at an MSRP of $18,720. The HHR seats 5 comfortably and has adaptive features like the fold-flat passenger seat for extra cargo space.
This front-wheel drive compact wagon gets high marks for fuel economy, with 22 mpg for city driving and 32 mpg on the highway. It has a large, 16.2-gallon gas tank. There are three models, LS, 1LT, and 2LT. At one time, an SS model was also available. Engines for HHR are the 2.2 L or 2.4 L Ecotec L61 I4, or a 2.0 L I4 turbocharged Ecotec LNF. HHR has good energy, with horsepower ranging from 155 to 172 on the 2.2 L and 2.4 L engines, or 260 hp with the SS 2.0 L turbocharged engine. HHR features either a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission, with sequential fuel injection. It was designed in the U.S. by Bryan Nesbitt, and is assembled in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico.
Chevrolet HHR was first introduced to the world in 2006, a bit of a late-comer to the small wagon market, but it sold over 93,000 units in its first year. Inspiration for the HHR comes from the retro-wagon 1949 Suburban, with HHR possessing similar hemispherical grille and large, square-shaped fender flares. HHR is a compact wagon, weighing 3,155 pounds for LS and 1LT, or 3,208 for the 2LT model. It is just 176.2 inches in length, 69.1 inches in width and 63.1 inches high. The SS model was brought to market in 2008 as a luxury sport option, but was discontinued in 2010. A panel HHR model entered the sales scene in 2007.
HHR is packed with big car features, and special ones just for cargo capability. There is a split-folding rear seat and a fold-flat front passenger seat that allows for cargo up to 8 feet in length. There is a total of 57.7 cubic feet of storage space in the HHR. It has 17-inch wheels, antilock brakes, and newer models have stability control as a standard feature. Power accessories include keyless entry, door locks, cruise control, air conditioning, anti-lock brakes, and air bags. Its smooth ride comes from its independent front and semi-independent rear suspension, traction control system, 4-wheel ABS braking system, and StabiliTrack Electronic Stability Control System.
HHR offers three trim packages, and many interior perks like AM/FM Stereo/CD and XM Radio. There are detailed gauges, premium sound, and a vehicle anti-theft system. GM's excellent HHR warranty is Bumper-to-Bumper 3/36,000, Powertrain/drivetrain 5/100,000, Rust protection 6/100,000, and Roadside Assistance at 5/100,000.
HHR won the Golden Icon Award for "Best SUV" in both 2006 and 2007.
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