A Retrospective on the Chevy HHR
Since the introduction of the first model in 2005 at the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show, the throwback 1940's feel of the Chevy HHR has caught people's attention. And that hasn't changed. Even now, as older models make their way into the group of used SUV's, and thanks to this design they continue to be one of the most sought after Chevy vehicles on the market.
The Heritage High Roof History
Reminiscent of the 1949 Suburban it was design after, the 2006 Chevy HHR (Heritage High Roof) debuted showcasing a variety of modern features along with its pseudo-antique appeal.
The exterior of this retro styled SUV is ascetically pleasing with gently sloped fenders and hood, body colored bumper, rounded halogen bulb head and taillights. And a little pizzazz is added by the 17" black chrome wheels, color keyed running boards, rearview mirrors, accent stripe, and rear spoiler.
With custom floor mats, retro-styled gauge panel, leather wrapped steering wheel, and two-tone color schemes, the interior does not fall behind in visual appeal. Added to that is functionality. The rear seats in this Chevy SUV are split 60/40 and fold down to provide a maximum cargo area of 63.1 cubic feet, enough space for just about anything that could be hauled in it.
Remote keyless entry, air conditioning, CD stereo, and power windows and locks are standard equipment with the Chevy HHR. The options available include a pioneer audio system, XM Satelite Radio, OnStar communication system, and power sun roof, and remote starting comes installed on automatic transmission models.
The Chevy HHR safety features have given it a five star crash rating ? the highest rating awarded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). These features include dual-stage driver and front- passenger airbags, lap-shoulder belts installed in all of the seats, and a weight-sensing airbag suppression system that automatically turns off the front passenger airbag when a child or small adult is in the passenger seat. The Chevy HHR further enhances its safety features with an optional 4-wheel Antilock Brake System (ABS), traction control, and high-strength steel cross-car beam under the front seat to add strength in case of a side collision.
Since the release of the first model the Chevy HHR series of SUVs have not had any drastic improvements. A little more power was added in the 2007 models when the 2.2 liter engine was changed to a 2.4 liter (143-149 hp to 172-175 hp), which has improved the overall horse power and get up and go. In 2008 stability and control were enhanced and a turbocharged 260-hp SS version was introduced. The antilock brakes, stability control, curtain airbags, and other standard features came online or were improved in 2009. The current 2010 models changes have been limited to an additional three exterior colors, Bluetooth, and the introduction of a rear view camera.
Other Similar SUVs to Consider
If you are in the market for a new vehicle, but are not bent on having something with the same sort of retro style, the Hyundai Elantra Touring is a good option. Its spacey interior, long warranty, better standard features, driving characteristics, and $3,000 less expensive price tag have reviewers very impressed.
For buyers who really like the mod-retro features and looks of the HHR, but would like a car with better performance, the MINI Clubman is a more energetic option. However, with more power comes a larger price tag - about $1,000 more than the Chevy HHR.
Businesses that need a small vehicle with storage space for transporting and delivering their wares consider the HHR as an option due to its shelving features and substantial space. However, for those needing something a little bit larger, the Ford Transit Connect offers a lot more cargo space and business friendly features, like an in car business computer. It also costs about $2,000 more than the Chevy HHR.