I really like the HHR. It isn't a hot rod but it is quick and responsive. Very fun to drive. Ideal for around town. The lack of horsepower only shows at highway speeds when accelerating. Firm suspension with the typical ride for a short wheelbase vehicle. The interior is very comfortable, seats are firm and there is plenty of head, seat and leg room. There are two things I don't like; one is the cup holders, necessarily low between the seats is awkward and will never hold a Route 44 without a mess trying to retrieve it. The worst feature is visibility, corner post wide enough to handle the airbags are vision restrictive despite the large looking windshield you have to duck down if you are the first one at a stop light. The rear cargo area is just right for trips to the store and has an amazing amount of storage under the cargo 'floor'. Which, by the way can be moved to hide your items. What I liked the most was the affordability, reasonable insurance rates, not the best mileage on the planet but acceptable, and bowtie custom parts are great. It looks quite stylish with the new mag wheels and black chrome grill and trim pieces. .
I purchased my HHR because it was the only option for me at the time that would be closer to the features of a SUV. I do not like my HHR's car cup holders. They are VERY inconvient. The trunk is what i love the most...it has pleanty of space. The seats are easy to mess up which I hate very much. But, overall it is a car and I needed one and the HHR is a comfortable one to choose, however so far it is bad on gas!!!
I have own my 2008 HHR SS automatic almost two years and unlike the one person claims, I have never seen any oil spots from the HHR. The only problem I have had with it is the tire monitor on the driver's side front does not work at times. I use the HHR mostly for going to/from work, therefore I only get about 23 mpg (which is far better than the 13 mpg the Tahoe it replaced got) on the highway it gets over 30. If I am doing 20 mph and step on it the wheels will spin, which I would expect on a light vehicle with over 250 HP. For the price, it is a great compromise between HP and MPG. My SS has been better than I expected. It is quick, but well mannered, not the brute force that my Mustang GT is. Take a SS for test drive and I am sure you will agree that the 2.0 Turbo has the power it needs along good gas mileage.