awesome gas mileage, reliability, hauling
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.
We were pleased with the purchase condition of the car and have enjoyed driving it so far. We continue to find little "extra" features the car has the more we drive it. We have taken it on a couple of short out of town trips which have proven it's overall true reliability. The one disappointment we have had is the gas mileage, which we expected would be better for a 4-cylinder engine, but is satisfactory. We have had several compliments on the HHR, and have a personal friend who is looking to purchase another vehicle, which we had no problem recommending he consider looking at the possibility of this vehicle for that purchase. We are so far very pleased with our HHR and hope to have it for a long time.