The biggest change for Chevrolet's HHR is that it enters 2007 with increased horsepower for its two Ecotec engines. The base 2.2-liter engine gains 6 hp to 149, while the 2.4-liter picks up an additional 3 hp to 175. Other changes include new exterior and interior color choices.
The Chevrolet HHR (Heritage High Roof) made its industry debut in 2005 as a competitive retro-style alternative to the popular Chrysler PT Cruiser. The 5-passenger HHR is patterned after a 1949 Suburban and shares its platform with the Chevrolet Cobalt sedan. Aside from its nostalgic look, the HHR also offers reconfigurable storage compartments. The rear seat folds flat for a continuous cargo floor, but the primary floor becomes a shelf when it's repositioned about a foot higher. It can also be canted at a 45-degree angle for easy access to items forward. Recessed below the floor is a 2.8 cubic-foot storage compartment. Two more recessed storage bins are located just behind the rear seat. A touchpad lift gate provides convenient access to the cargo area.
The well-equipped HHR comes in three models: Premier Special Edition, LS, and LT-including 1LT, 2LT, and an even more retro-looking Panel LT with sheetmetal in place of the side windows. All models include standard features like air conditioning, cruise control, remote keyless entry, and power windows/locks/mirrors. A wide assortment of accessories-from a DVD entertainment system and a cargo organizer to 17-inch chrome wheels and polished exhaust tips and a host of other products from Chevrolet Accessories-helps make the HHR one of the industry's most personalized vehicles.
In terms of safety, the HHR is a solid performer; the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's New Car Assessment Program awarded it five-star crash ratings-the highest rating possible-for the driver and right-front passenger in a frontal crash, as well as front-seat and rear-seat passengers in a side-impact crash. It is also the highest-rated model in its segment for the 2006 model year in rollover testing.
The Chevrolet HHR competes in the Compact Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) segment, which consists of 20 models. Buyers in this segment look for fuel economy, reliability, and comfort, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Honda CR-V (170,028 units sold), Ford Escape (157,395), and Toyota RAV4 (152,047). The Chevrolet HHR sold 101,298 units in 2006, an increase of 147 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Compact CUV segment include the Chrysler PT Cruiser, Chevrolet Equinox, Saturn Vue, Scion xB , and Hyundai Tucson. Joining the segment in 2007 are two Jeep models-the Compass and Patriot-and the Kia Rondo.
|LS||5 speed manual||$16,160||149-hp / 2.2L 4-cyl||22/30|
|LT||5 speed manual||$18,005||175-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl||22/30|