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2009 Chevrolet HHR Consumer Reviews

4.6
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Like an Efficent Swiss Army Knife on Wheels?

by from New England on November 1, 2008

I drove a 03 Nissan Maxima with a 6-speed before this HHR. I'm in my mid 20s. I wanted something with better gas mileage, space to carry bikes, and better reliability. I feel like I got it all, and a ...
I drove a 03 Nissan Maxima with a 6-speed before this HHR. I'm in my mid 20s. I wanted something with better gas mileage, space to carry bikes, and better reliability. I feel like I got it all, and a car thats easy to love. I ended up with a 09 Chevy HHR LS with panels in the far rear side windows. 2.2L engine. It was between a HHR and Scion xB. I found the gas mileage of the xB to be unacceptable in the end. Performance I expected the 2.2L to be pathetic. To my surprise it accelerated quite briskly and actually felt torquey when the mid RPMs kicked in. I found the 2.2L very satisfactory, specially since I want mileage. The handling is not quite as good as a sedan but no where near as bad as say, a caravan or SUV. The suspension takes bumps quietly and without a jolt. The steering is almost effortless. INTERIOR There's all kinds of little places to store stuff, the center of the dash has a covered compartment, the glove box, little compartments behind the rear seats and another larger compartment under the removeable floor in the rear. All the seats fold flat exept the driver seat of course making a ton of room for stuff. I'm 6'1" and the rearview mirror is kind of in my line of sight so if you're tall you may find it to be an issue, it doesn't bother me. Love the features that come with this car like 3 months of XM, 1 year of onstar, side airbags, traction control w/on/off, Flex fuel 2.2L, remote start from the factory, gauge setup is awsome, very easy to use radio, auxilary hookup for say, an ipod. I find the car to be comfortable and even relaxing. I like the shorter windows because it feels more private and secure. There's lots of interior illumination with 3 dome lamps(front has reading lamps w/buttons driver/passenger). SUMMARY This is a very versatile vehicle with very few close competitors. I've never owned an American car so the only question up in the air for me is reliability, though my Nissan was pretty bad and expensive to fix. I do believe, without doubt, that Chevy is the most reliable American car. If you want great gas mileage with lots of space and versatility, the HHR is a very strong candidate. Not to mention all the other great features. I "love" this car and hope it continues for many many miles.
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Sweet Machine

by from Maryland on October 4, 2012

I'm 69 years old and have owned a lot of rides in my time.I even owned a 49 Chevy 5 window pickup and this looks even better.Gas milage is great 31mpg just puttin around.Plenty of zip and a pleasure t...
I'm 69 years old and have owned a lot of rides in my time.I even owned a 49 Chevy 5 window pickup and this looks even better.Gas milage is great 31mpg just puttin around.Plenty of zip and a pleasure to drive.I think these will be collector cars in years to come.I would recommend this car.
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Great Reliable Vehicle and fun to drive.

by from Wappingers Falls, NY on October 27, 2010

Purchased a 2009 Fully Loaded Chevrolet HHR LT and I'm both extremely happy with vehicle and dealer I purchased it from. I truly do not find anything to tell me that I have made anything but a great c...
Purchased a 2009 Fully Loaded Chevrolet HHR LT and I'm both extremely happy with vehicle and dealer I purchased it from. I truly do not find anything to tell me that I have made anything but a great choice in this attractive and extremely functional as well as unique as this vehicle. I highly recommend this for Fuel mileage, handling and all round fun!
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The BEST value dollar-for-dollar - BAR NONE

by from Novi, MI on February 26, 2010

Bottom line, for the price this is hands down by far the best vehicle I ever owned. Perfect for a young family looking for stylish reliable car and gets good gas mileage!! We bought one used that was ...
Bottom line, for the price this is hands down by far the best vehicle I ever owned. Perfect for a young family looking for stylish reliable car and gets good gas mileage!! We bought one used that was only 1 year old with 12,000 miles... still has NEW CAR SMELL! The HHR wasn't even on our list, we had planned on buying a new minivan. A good freind recommended an HHR based on his personal experience. I can postivtely say WE ARE BLOWN AWAY!!! From the moment I left the dealership I knew I loved this car. Very sportly, excellent gas mileage, handles great, looks good. I have heated seats for the winter and a sunroof for the summer. I can fit my whole family (5 people) with plenty of storage, also found it extremely verstile (the cargo area is a MUST for do-it-yourselfers, you can fit sheets of plywood no problem. BTW - GREAT IN THE SNOW which surprised me. Would recommend to anyone looking for a car.
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HHR great car read owners manual

by from pennsylvania on June 24, 2010

This auto is a great buy. It has plenty of room for people and cargo. no lack of power from the 4 cylinder if as the manual says you use premium gas. I get 31 miles per gallon on trips and slightly le...
This auto is a great buy. It has plenty of room for people and cargo. no lack of power from the 4 cylinder if as the manual says you use premium gas. I get 31 miles per gallon on trips and slightly less around my rural home.i am 6feet tall and the head and leg room is wonderful. would recommend this to anyone!
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HHR/SS is So So much fun to drive !!!

by from St Paul (Minneapolis) MN on July 8, 2011

I purchased my HHR SS used from a young couple who had inherited from a parent who had recently passed away. The vehicle had only 8000 miles on it and still had the new car smell. It is bright silver ...
I purchased my HHR SS used from a young couple who had inherited from a parent who had recently passed away. The vehicle had only 8000 miles on it and still had the new car smell. It is bright silver in color with a black and red color interior (The upgraded leather sport seats with SS logo on the seat backs). I must say that I love this vehicle. It is quiet and comfortable. It handles solidly when turning or taking curves. It has great get up and go as the SS five speed has around 250 hp. It shifts nicely and I do have the five speed which for me was a must. This vehicle seems to sit lower to the ground which I like. It makes it very easy to enter and exit. It also gives it a kind of "lowrider" affect, which adds to its "cool factor". Site lines from a driving standpoint are good. I have no problem seeing any thing that comes up on the street or highway. The rear seats fold forward and flat without removing the headrests. Just a pull of one button releases them. The resulting "cargo area" is respectably large as I have fit a full size road bicycle in back without removing the wheels of the bike. I am currently getting just under 31 mpg with a combination of city/highway driving that leans a bit toward the highway side. Very happy with that!! The braking is smooth and solid with the upgraded calipers. No hint of any rotor warpage as I have heard from other owners. All in all, this HHR/SS is a very solid very fun ride with the pleasent addition of great mileage. I have had many compliments on it. I would recommend the SS version of the HHR family without hesitation. Have fun and drive safe. See you on the streets.
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I love my HHR

by from Fresno, Ca on September 11, 2010

It's a great car, and goes to show that American car makers DO care enough to produce a quality vehicle that is affordable and stylish. I have a couple of minor dislikes, but nothing that would stop m...
It's a great car, and goes to show that American car makers DO care enough to produce a quality vehicle that is affordable and stylish. I have a couple of minor dislikes, but nothing that would stop me from buying another HHR. The seat belt buckle is right up against the seat, and jabs into my hip on occasion. If that were pliable, it would be a much more comfortable ride. I also wish there were more places to store things in the front, like a small well to put change into would be very nice. The window size does not bother me in the least, I have no problems seeing and the tinting is really nice since I live where summer is VERY hot most of the time. Cargo space is awesome, and the way the seats all fold flat to make a 'bed' area is great. I have had Honda's for the past 17 years, and happily surprised by my Chevy. My faith has been restored, and I couldn't be happier with my HHR.
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Flat out fun to drive!

by from Dayton,Ohio on May 8, 2010

I have a 92 Vette, and this little 09 HHR/SS is a blast to drive. With my stage 1 turbo kit installed it would seriously give my Vette a run for its money! Not to mention 24MPG/city 31MPG/highway, wha...
I have a 92 Vette, and this little 09 HHR/SS is a blast to drive. With my stage 1 turbo kit installed it would seriously give my Vette a run for its money! Not to mention 24MPG/city 31MPG/highway, what's not to like?
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smooth and very quiet ride

by from crossville,TN on February 28, 2010

I recently went on a 2500 mile trip and I averaged over 28 miles a gallon, that's around town and highway driving. I think that's great.I'm very happy with the base engine. The 2.2 is very responsive ...
I recently went on a 2500 mile trip and I averaged over 28 miles a gallon, that's around town and highway driving. I think that's great.I'm very happy with the base engine. The 2.2 is very responsive and quiet. I have the 1LT package and enjoy the traction control and all the safety features of the standard side air bags. The only complaint is the cup holders. Great car and would buy again.
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HHR Performance

by from Westland, MI on October 26, 2010

I bought a 2009 HHR-LT in July and have been loving it ever since. Car is comfortable, affordable and drives great. Love the trunk space and the little storage slots. Would recommend this to anyone w...
I bought a 2009 HHR-LT in July and have been loving it ever since. Car is comfortable, affordable and drives great. Love the trunk space and the little storage slots. Would recommend this to anyone who has a hard time getting in and out of a car. Nice smooth tranition.
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