This is a perfect car for one person to camp with. I set up the back for a foam mattress, tent over hatch, computer station and stowage. Tweaking the mileage to well over 30 mpg. Great value, fun to drive. No leaks, no problems. On the road.....
This '08 HHR came with an aftermarket "woodie" panelling package that enhanced the retro look of the car. The 2.2 litre engine gives adequate acceleration and also gets almost 27mpg in city driving. On the highway, we've seen 33 mpg at a steady 75 mph! The woody is not heavy and does buffet in hard, gusty wind. The climate control is effective and all manual. We think it should be without any automated gliches. The car came with remote start and we've started appreciating that on these frigid mornings. As far as handling goes it is "okay". It has electric steering (I have no idea how that works)and is too light for my taste--you can spin the wheel with one finger. (My other car is a G35 with sport package.) ON the plus side, it is very responsive and easy for my wife to handle in sensible driving. We're happy with it and its' capabilities for hauling odd shaped items in the cargo area. We'd buy another one.
If you can ever wipe the grin off your face after driving an HHR SS you might have a slight annoyance with the cheap interior plastic or the "gotta get used to it" visibility. But that's a BIG if. Mash the pedal down and try and imagine another small vehicle that can hold this much stuff that is this much fun to drive!