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2008 Chevrolet HHR Panel SUV - Overview

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2008 Chevrolet HHR Panel SUV

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Overview

What Changed for 2008:

  • Sport suspension on top LT model

  • Flexible cargo management system

  • New panel van look with rear seats intact

  • New 16-inch wheels standard

  • Stability control, 17-inch wheels, running board standard on top LT model

  • Oil-life monitor standard

  • Optional head curtain side air bags

  • Dealer-installed optional rear spoiler, splash guards

  • Sunroof optional
Overview
Chevrolet's 2008 HHR (which stands for Heritage High Root) is mostly carryover from 2007. The boxy look is retro, like a tall wagon, reminiscent of the classic 1949 Chevy Suburban. First launched as a concept car and introduced as a 2006 model, the front-wheel-drive HHR crossover vehicle shares the same platform as the Cobalt coupe and sedan. The HHR is also available as a panel van. Its chief competition is the Chrysler PT Cruiser.

Model Lineup
Consumers can choose a 2008 Chevrolet HHR 4-door SUV or a 2-door panel van, both available in LS or LT trim. HHR LS standard equipment includes a 149-hp 2.2-liter engine; manual transmission; touring suspension; 16-inch steel wheels with full bolt-on wheel covers; power windows and door locks; remote keyless entry; and an AM/FM stereo with CD and auxiliary audio input jack. HHR 1LT adds 16-inch fascia spoke silver painted wheels; cargo convenience net; 8-way power driver seat; and an AM/FM stereo with 36 cross-band presets, CD/MP3 player and auxiliary audio input jack. 2LT adds the 172-hp 2.4-liter engine; 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS); electronic stability control; bright chrome exterior appearance package; 17-inch painted aluminum wheels; and Pioneer 7-speaker sound system.

The HHR Panel LS model is outfitted like the standard HHR but features smooth, windowless side panels and rear cargo doors with no handles; rear cargo doors that open via an instrument panel button or key fob; storage compartment in the load floor; and rear power outlets. Panel 1LT adds a cargo convenience net; 8-way power driver seat; AM/FM stereo with 36 cross-band presets; and a CD/MP3 player with auxiliary audio input jack. 2LT offers a standard electronic stability control system; 4-wheel ABS; sport suspension; bright chrome exterior appearance package; storage compartments in the load floor; 17-inch painted aluminum wheels; and a Pioneer premium 266-watt, 7-speaker sound system.

An automatic transmission, sunroof, and dealer-installed custom rear spoiler and splash guards are optional on HHR and Panel HHR. Running boards are standard on the top LT model and optional on others.

Powertrain
All LS and 1LT models are powered by a 2.2-liter dual overhead cam (DOHC) engine that produces 149 hp at 5600 rpm and 152 lb.-ft. of torque at 5200 rpm. EPA fuel economy estimates for this engine are 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway for HHR with manual transmission and 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway for automatic transmission. For HHR Panel, the EPA estimates are 20 mpg city/30 mpg highway for the manual transmission, while the automatic transmission gets 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway. The 2.4-liter, DOHC Ecotec engine with variable valve timing, standard on all 2LT and available on 1LT models, delivers 172 hp at 5800 rpm and 167 lb.-ft. of torque at 4500 rpm. The EPA estimates fuel economy for the 2.4-liter, manual-transmission HHR at 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway, and 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway for the Panel HHR. For HHR and HHR Panel with automatic transmission and the 2.4-liter engine, the EPA estimates are 22 mpg city/28 mpg highway.

Safety
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Chevrolet HHR 4-door SUV receives a perfect 5-star rating for driver and front passenger frontal crash tests, and a 5-star rating for front and rear side-impact crash testing. It receives a 4-star rating in NHTSA rollover tests. The 2-door HHR Panel SUV receives a 5-star frontal rating for driver and front passenger, and 5 stars for front side-impact crash testing. The 2-door panel SUV was not rated for rear side-impact tests and rollover testing is not available for this model. HHR safety features include dual front air bags, and available head curtain, side-impact air bags; electronic stability control system (standard on 2LT model); driver information center; traction control (standard on 2LT, optional on LS and 1LT models with ABS and automatic transmission); and one year standard OnStar Safe & Sound plan.

Technology
All 2008 Chevrolet HHR and HHR Panel models come with three months free XM satellite radio. LS and Panel LS include an AM/FM stereo with CD player and auxiliary audio input jack. Standard on LT and optional on LS is an AM/FM stereo with CD/MP3 player, radio data system, theft-deterrent system, and auxiliary audio input jack. An AM/FM stereo with in-dash 6-disc CD changer (including MP3 playback, theft-deterrent system and auxiliary input jack) is optional on all LT models. A Pioneer premium 7-speaker, 266-watt sound system is standard on HHR 2LT and optional on other models.

Available Trims for the 2008 Chevrolet HHR Panel SUV

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
LS 5 speed manual $17,035 149-hp / 2.2L 4-cyl 20/30
LT 5 speed manual $18,050 149-hp / 2.2L 4-cyl 20/30

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