(4.4) 37 reviews
MSRP: $2,224$9,960
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 25
Engine: 149-hp, 2.2-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Seats: 2
2008 Chevrolet HHR

Our Take on the 2008 Chevrolet HHR

Our Take

Introduced for 2006, the HHR sport-utility-like vehicle gets an HHR Panel option for 2008 along with new safety features, such as an optional electronic stability system and a standard tire pressure monitoring system. The HHR flaunts a tall stance like Chrysler's PT Cruiser, and it's bu... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Heavy manual shifter (turbocharged SS)
  • Wide windshield pillars limit visibility
  • Marginal backseat comfort
  • No telescoping steering wheel
  • Some panel-fit issues in cabin

Notable Features

  • Turbocharged SS model new for 2008
  • Unique appearance
  • Standard fold-flat passenger seat
  • Choice of three four-cylinder engines


Our Expert Reviews

As gasoline prices have soared this year, consumers have turned to more-fuel-efficient vehicles, often leaving their once-loved big SUVs behind.But car shoppers aren't all buying those subcompact sedans and hatchbacks that get the best fuel economy, but which offer little in the way of space and comfort - particularly when compared with the midsize and larger sport utilities that consumers... Read full review for the 2008 Chevrolet HHR

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by ChrisDaFish from Chicago, IL on December 23, 2012

Purchased 08 HHR SS 5 speed. Love the gas mileage compared to my GTO that I got rid of. Motor is very strong 2.0T from cobalt SS and Sky/Solstice. Interior is pretty comfortable seat is a little high.... Read Full Review

2 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 6 recalls for this car.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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