I'm generally pretty down on GM vehicles, but I have to say that this was an impressive value for the suggested price. I've driven other GM cars like the Malibu and Camero and felt that they just didn...
I'm generally pretty down on GM vehicles, but I have to say that this was an impressive value for the suggested price. I've driven other GM cars like the Malibu and Camero and felt that they just didn't live up to the hype. But the HHR was noticeably different.
I rented an HHR in Salt Lake City and drove it about 700 miles in Utah and Idaho, much of it highway driving at 75 or 80 mph (the speed limits are 75 in many places). The vehicle tested had about 3000 miles on it. The mileage was decent (30+); the performance was decent; the handling was decent (it wasn't that usual mushy feel that I tend to associate with GM vehicles). The construction didn't feel "cheap".
The cruise control worked very well and kept a tight leash on the speed, even at 75+ mph.
The "information" readouts (mileage, tire pressure, cruise range, etc.) were helpful and easy to navigate.
The instrument panel was laid out well. I might ding it a little for having a fairly small tachometer, but that's minor.
I didn't use the bluetooth option (it was only a rental), but I was impressed that it had this.
It's a little thing, but I liked the flip up compartment up on the top of the dashboard. It was a good place to store your sunglasses, maps, etc., yet still accessible while keeping your eyes on the road.
The driver's seat was comfortable and provided good lumbar and back support.
Driver's armrest? Check.
Split rear seat with a decent amount of cargo space? Check.
Reasonable cup holders? Check.
Honestly, I never thought I'd say this, but when it comes time to replace my Civic, I will think seriously of the HHR.