I purchased this car in February of 2008 and have put almost 30K miles on it since (it is now November 2008). There have been no major issues with the exception of the Air Conditioning drain tube clogging up. This was easily fixed by the dealer and I was on my way in no time. The gas mileage on this car is awesome! I am in sales, so there is a lot of stop and go driving and leaving my car running for long periods of time outside of my customers. With all of that, I am still getting approx 27 miles per gallon! When I am driving on the highway only, the mileage gets up to 35 or more miles per gallon! Awesome! This car looks great outside and feels great inside. I am a big man (over 6' tall and approx 240lbs) and I am as comfortable in this car as I would be in an SUV, I love it. Who needs a bigger crossover or SUV when this car is just as roomy? This car looks great, performs great, maintenance is very low, and best of all...it won't break the bank.
Pros: Great gas mileage (I drive 45 percent highway 55 percent city and am getting 28 mpg......) Storage space and options are great The ride is extremely smooth and road noise is less than I expected... Cons: Cupholders are under the seat arms, making them kinda useless Window controls are behind the gearshift, under the stereo, out of sight.
I was initially looking for a PT Cruiser. But the gas mileage was so awful!! Then I found out about the HHR. It's similar to a cruiser but SO MUCH BETTER! It's MUCH more comfortable. I have the leather seats that heat up and I love them. I would've liked a little more cushioning in the seats because I commute a long distance but overall it's wonderful. I was able to get it in my favorite color - Purple! It's a beautiful car and I feel so safe in it. The gas mileage is great - about 31 hywy (that's going a bit over the speed limit sometimes too!) Drawbacks: cup holders are in an odd spot. So are the front window controls. The arm rests need to be longer. The drawbacks are so minor in comparison to all the great things about this car!