2009 Chevrolet HHR Review
This review was written when the 2009 Chevrolet HHR was new.
The HHR is a good option for drivers who care more about style and practicality than they do performance.
With cargo versatility and cool retro style the 2009 Chevy HHR is miles away from the old wood-sided wagon you used to get hauled to Grandma's in. But according to our analysis, the HHR's performance could give you mom's old Country Squire a run for its money. Car and Driver says it drives just as retro as it looks. "The shifter catches as it moves through the pattern. The steering is rubbery and very sensitive to road camber; it wants to fall off the road crown." The HHR's retro looks make it a standout in the parking lot, but its retro performance may make drivers want to leave it there. Still, most reviewers agree that as long as you're not looking for a performance car, the HHR is a fun and practical companion around town.
For buyers who love the HHRs retro looks and are willing to give up some interior space for better performance, the MINI Clubman is a zippy option, but one that's more expensive than the HHR. If you can do without the retro styling, the Subaru Impreza Wagon offers good cargo space and the added security of all-wheel drive, along with better performance than the HHR.
The four-door HHR comes in several trims -- LS, 1LT, 2LT and Special Edition -- with a choice of two four-cylinder engines. A two-seat Panel version with rear cargo doors is targeted mostly at delivery companies. The HHR also has an SS trim, which adds a turbocharged 260-horsepower engine.
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- "Overall, the HHR is a pretty neat piece, less cute than a Chrysler PT Cruiser and way more refined than a Scion xB. The retro look is cool, but the retro values of practicality and utility are even cooler." -- Automobile Magazine
- "Steady improvement has made the 2009 Chevrolet HHR a solid choice for a small wagon." -- Edmunds
- "The external flair and internal practicality make this a car likely to appeal to young dudes cruising for thrills, families bored with bland, conventional wagons, and even boomers who need a set of wheels for the beach house." -- U.S. News
- "Around town the test vehicle seemed a good friend, able to hold people and cargo gracefully, able to slide into tight parking spots easily because of its trim size and tight turning circle, and good at generating smiles and approving looks from other motorists." -- USA Today
- "A smooth-riding wagonette, the HHR (for Heritage High Roof) is an example of retro design that both looks good and works well in utilitarian terms: the boxy shape makes it roomy inside." -- Car and Driver
- "It is a nostalgic hauler for people who want something different, and who appreciate the classic looks of the 1949 Chevy Suburban." -- New Car Test Drive