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2009 Chevrolet HHR Panel SUV - Overview

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2009 Chevrolet HHR Panel SUV

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Overview

What Changed for 2009:

  • New limited-edition HHR Panel SS model
  • SS models feature reconfigurable performance display
  • New SS Performance package debuts
  • New panel van look with rear seats intact
  • New 17-inch ChromeTech wheels standard on 2LT models
  • Standard electronic stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes (ABS), roof rail side air bags
  • Standard XM satellite radio and Bluetooth interface for hands-free calling
  • E85 flex-fuel capability on 2.2-liter and 2.4-liter engines
  • Optional rear backup camera
  • Three new exterior colors
Overview
First launched as a concept car and introduced as a 2006 model, the front-wheel-drive (FWD) HHR crossover vehicle shares the same platform as the Chevrolet Cobalt coupe and sedan. The HHR's boxy retro look is reminiscent of the classic 1949 Chevy Suburban. The HHR is also available as a panel van. The HHR's key competition includes the Chrysler PT Cruiser.

Chevrolet's 2009 HHR (Heritage High Roof) adds a new limited-edition HHR Panel SS model, new SS Performance package, standard roof rail side-impact air bags, and E85 flex-fuel capability on the 2.2-liter and 2.4-liter Ecotec engines. In addition, the HHR adds electronic stability control, traction control and ABS as standard equipment on all models. Three new exterior colors are: Silver Ice Metallic, Gold Mist Metallic and Aqua Blue Metallic. Stripe packages are available in Smoke or Silver.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Chevrolet HHR is available in base HHR and HHR Panel, and in LS, LT and SS models. Standard equipment on all models includes: air conditioning; power windows/locks/mirrors; cruise control; remote keyless entry; electronic stability control; anti-lock brakes (ABS); and full-function traction control. The HHR 1LT model adds an 8-way power driver's seat, body-color outside mirrors, and 16-inch painted fascia-spoke wheels. Bright chrome exterior trim and a bright exhaust tip and 16-inch chrome wheels are optional. The HHR 2LT model also features ABS; fog lamps; bright exhaust tip; leather-wrapped shifter and steering wheel; 260-watt Pioneer sound system; and bright chrome trim on the exterior. Options include heated leather seats.

New for 2009 is a limited-edition HHR Panel SS model, a turbocharged high-performance vehicle with "no-lift shift" and various driver-selectable performance modes that allow it to go from 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, with a top speed of more than 150 mph in manual transmission configuration, according to Chevrolet. Both regular HHR SS and HHR Panel SS models have a unique dam-style front fascia with fog lamps; mesh-style upper and lower grilles; specific rear fascia; rear spoiler; specific rocker moldings; body-color door handles; rear license plate surround and mirror caps; SS badging; 18-inch polished forged aluminum wheels; and performance tires. Inside, the SS models are outfitted with sport seats with embroidered "SS" logos; short-throw manual shifter; smaller-diameter steering wheel with SS logo; A-pillar boost gauge (a feature of Chevrolet models with a turbocharged 2.0-liter Ecotec engine); Driver Information Center; SS-specific satin nickel cabin trim; and contrasting interior colors for a sporty look (in SS-only combinations). New this year is a reconfigurable performance display. A new SS Performance package offers Brembo 4-piston front brake calipers and a limited-slip differential.

Powertrain
Power for the 2009 Chevrolet HHR stable comes from a family of three 4-cylinder engines. Standard powerplant in LS and 1LT models is a 2.2-liter Ecotec dual overhead cam (DOHC) engine that produces 155 hp at 6100 rpm and 150 lb.-ft. of torque at 4800 rpm. EPA fuel-economy estimates for this engine in the HHR and HHR Panel are 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway with automatic transmission. The flex-fuel version with manual transmission achieves 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway (gasoline) and 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway (E85). Available on 1LT and standard on 2LT HHR models is an Ecotec 2.4-liter engine, rated at 172 hp at 5800 rpm and 167 lb.-ft. of torque at 4500 rpm. The flex-fuel-capable engine gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city/29 mpg highway (automatic transmission, gasoline), and 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway (E85). The manual transmission version gets 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway (gasoline), and 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway (E85). In the HHR SS, the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with standard 5-speed manual transmission delivers 260 hp at 5300 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. of torque at 2000 rpm, while the optional 4-speed automatic transmission model delivers 250 hp at 5500 rpm and 223 lb.-ft. of torque at 1650 rpm. EPA fuel economy for the turbocharged engine is 19 mpg city/29 mpg highway (automatic transmission) and 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway (manual transmission).

The HHR SS model's F35 transmission has a "no-lift shift" feature enabled by an algorithm in the engine's controller that permits quick upshifts without lifting the throttle, Chevy says. SS models also include a short-throw shifter with stiffened shifter bushings. Two suspension systems are available on LS and LT models: FE1 (standard on LS and 1LT), and FE3 (standard on 2LT). The HHR SS has a MacPherson strut independent front suspension with SS-specific gas-charged twin-tube struts, unique steering knuckles, coil springs with specific damper tuning, stiffer control arm handling and stabilizer bar bushings. Monotube gas-charged shocks are featured on the rear semi-trailing twist beam axle. Electronic stability and traction control and 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS are standard on all models.

Safety
For 2009, the Chevrolet HHR safety features include standard advanced dual front air bags, and, new for 2009, standard roof rail air bags. Also standard this year is electronic stability control, traction control, and ABS. Other safety features include a tire-pressure monitor, daytime running lamps, and OnStar (with automatic crash notification).

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2009 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. These are the same scores as the 2008 models.

Technology
XM satellite radio and OnStar are standard on all 2009 Chevrolet HHR models. OnStar features enhanced hands-free voice recognition capabilities. All 2009 Chevrolet HHR sound systems, including the standard AM/FM/CD stereo, have an auxiliary channel and front-mounted auxiliary audio input jack to enable an iPod and other devices to play through the vehicle's audio system. Also new for 2009 is an available USB-port radio. This has many of the same features as the standard radio, plus a USB port. New Bluetooth connectivity enables hands-free calling, and a rear backup camera is available with all models. A Pioneer 260-watt premium sound system with subwoofer is standard on HHR 2LT models and optional with other trims.

Available Trims for the 2009 Chevrolet HHR Panel SUV

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
LS 5 speed manual $19,030 155-hp / 2.2L 4-cyl 22/32
LT 4 speed automatic $21,030 155-hp / 2.2L 4-cyl 22/30
SS 5 speed manual $25,135 260-hp / 2.0L 4-cyl 21/29

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