The Chevrolet HHR (Heritage High Roof) is a new entry for 2006. Based on the Cobalt chassis and drawing design cues from the 1949 Suburban, the HHR blends distinctive styling with an easily configurable interior and economical powertrains. With more than 63 cubic feet of cargo capacity and seating for up to five, the HHR can carry everything from groceries to surf boards.
Chevrolet's new front-drive HHR is available in two trim levels: base LS and upscale LT; both come with clever storage solutions such as an auxiliary glove box designed for carrying sunglasses, cell phones, and MP3 players, a front passenger seat that folds flat to accommodate cargo up to eight feet in length, and a recessed bin below the load floor. Designed with cargo carrying in mind, the HHR has a continuous flat load floor when the rear seats are folded down; the primary load floor can also become a shelf, mounted level or at a 45-degree angle, to provide quick access to the cargo beneath it when the liftgate is opened. There's a five-inch-deep recessed bin below the load floor that can conceal 2.8 cubic feet of gear; there are two storage bins forward of the load floor, nestled behind the rear seat; and plastic bag holders are located under the cargo shelf.
The HHR comes equipped with a 143-hp, 2.2L DOHC inline-four cylinder engine in the base LS, while the upscale LT receives a 2.4L engine making 172 hp. Both come standard with a 5-speed manual transmission with an optional 4-speed, electronically-controlled automatic available. Standard features include a remote starter, halogen headlamps, speed-sensitive electric steering, AM/FM/CD stereo with auxiliary input jack, flat-folding seats, and touch-pad liftgate. Notable options include a sport suspension, running boards, splash guards, a Pioneer premium sound system, XM Satellite Radio, heated leather seating surfaces, and an integrated roof rack.
Standard safety features include dual-stage front air bags with the Passenger Sensing System, which adjusts air bag deployment force based on the passenger's weight. Additionally, front safety belt pre-tensioners, rear seat center lap-shoulder safety belts, and the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat retention system are standard. Head curtain side-impact air bags for front and rear seat occupants, traction control, and ABS-assisted brakes are also available.
The Compact Crossover Utility Vehicle segment in which HHR competes is one of the fastest-growing categories in the U.S. light-vehicle market. The 2006 model year sees several new entries including Chevrolet's HHR, the Dodge Nitro, Jeep Compass, Suzuki SX4, Mazda CX-7, and the Pontiac Torrent.
According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the segment is hotly contested. Best-seller in the segment is the Ford Escape (165,122 sales in 2005), followed by the Honda CR-V (150,219), and Chrysler PT Cruiser (133,740). The Chevrolet HHR found 41,011 buyers in its first partial year on the market in 2005.
|LS||5 speed manual||$15,325||143-hp / 2.2L 4-cyl||23/30|
|LT||5 speed manual||$16,325||143-hp / 2.2L 4-cyl||23/30|