this hhr is the most value for the money on the market. i have a 2006 and when i heard gm was discontinuing the line after 2011, i immediately started the search to replace my 2006 saab with another newer hhr. i mostly do highway miles and can set the cruise on 72 and average 30 + mpg. i am 6'2 and have a comfortable ride with easy in and out. the amount of cargo space is what separates this from others in the 30+ mpg class. most of the other options are half the size. GM did put rather cheap looking plastic interior trim in the hhr but that is my only gripe. i have 190,000 on my 06 hhr and look forward to many more miles on both.
I rented an HHR SS for Labor Day weekend. I initially thought the HHR was UGLY. But then I had my car in the repair shop, and needed a rental for work for two days. I usually get a subcompact/compact but there was nothing left on the lot.... They gave me this for the same price as a subcompact. I was very reluctant and tried to wait on a corolla that was coming thru inspection in 40 minutes. But it was 8pm Saturday night and they told me it wouldn't be ready to rent until Monday. So I took the HHR SS. OH..MY..GOD I got into this thing and clicked the ignition switch. It was instant love. The display was a light festival for me. I loved the steering wheel with the SS in the middle of it. The sunroof was totally the bomb!! I put that bad boy in D, and drove away. Hit I-55 to drive back to the northside. Oh that thing blew me away. The sound system made the Partridge Family sound like a rock concert!!! I was floored!! I was crazy over the mag wheels!! I drove it Sunday/Monday.Everyone at work thought I bought it. I had to take it back Monday night and as I pulled in to the lot and got out, it took me a while to compose myself. My eyes filled with tears because a part of me just wanted to go in the office and ask how much it was. I can't really afford a car payment nor a high insurance payment, but I wanted this thing so bad, I was willing to use my paid off car and $1000 as a trade in. Since then, I test drive the LS, the LT, and again the SS. The LS lacks fun but if you want an HHR that bad, the LS will have to do. The LT is the next step up, offering more amenities so you feel like you have "crossed over" from the bare bones but you haven't exactly arrived at "nirvana" yet. The SS, IS NIRVANA. I'll tell anyone: if you can afford the HHR period, GET ONE. Lord knows I wish I could have one right now.
What a great surprise!! The HHR was not my first choice when I started looking at buying a car. But, I had a friend that had purchased one and she suggested that I might at least take one for a spin...what did I have to lose? Wow...was she right. The interior is a very pleasant surprise. My husband and I are not small people and we have plenty of room in the HHR. Not only that, but there is actually room in the back seat to sit 2 normal or 3 small people comfortably, quite a change from our last vehicle. For those of us that like to sit a little higher, this car fits the bill. Some of the interior features take a little getting used to: this model has the beverage holders in a kind of akward spot and the controls for the windows are on the center console, not on the door. The handling is a little on the sloppy side but certainly nothing that would be of concern. I took it on road trip recently, set the cruise control and enjoyed a great ride as well as 30 mph! It is a little light in the snow but with the addition of some weight in the back end, it manages just fine. All in all, I am very happy with my purchse and would recommend the Chevy HHR to anyone looking for a comfortable ride, good fuel economy and some fun in a new car!!