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2008 Chevrolet HHR Wagon

FWD 4dr Panel LS

Starting at | Starting at 20 MPG City - 30 MPG Highway

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  • $17,035 original MSRP
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2008 Chevrolet HHR Wagon

Benefits of Driving a 2008 Chevrolet HHR Wagon

The 2008 Chevy HHR offers sport utility seating and cargo carrying capability on a small-car platform. The base 2.2L Ecotec engine achieves 30 mpg on the highway regardless of transmission. The 2.4L engine upgrade provides 23 more horsepower for $650 and achieves 28 mpg on the highway with either transmission. Even the SS trim manages 29 mpg highway with manual transmission and 28 mpg highway with the automatic, while delivering an exciting ride.

What's new for 2008?

For 2008, Chevrolet has introduced an SS version of the HHR. The SS receives the 2.0L Ecotec Turbo engine that should be good for around 260 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. In addition, the SS receives a performance tuned suspension, rear disc brakes, bolstered seats, a rear spoiler, and 18-inch polished aluminum wheels. A limited-slip differential is optional.

Model Strengths

  • Retro styling
  • flexible interior configuration
  • fuel efficient cargo mover.

Model Review

Chevrolet's HHR debuted in 2006 to much enthusiasm among entry-level car buyers, selling over 100,000 units in its first year. The attention-grabbing style continues in 2008, featuring a big chrome grille and a long smoothly curved hood reminiscent of Chevy's 1949 Suburban. The rear tailgate is framed by two small, round taillights, making the HHR the most unique vehicle in Chevrolet's lineup.

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Review: 2008 Chevrolet HHR

Source: MSN Autos

Sales of retro-styled cars are waning, with many sales declines in the double digits.

But even dissipating interest in retro cars won't stop the Chevrolet HHR, which looks like a downsized 1949 Chevy Suburban, from recording its second-best sales year.

In fact, the HHR has been easily outselling the Volkswagen New Beetle and MINI Cooper retro models. Late in calendar 2007, the HHR was even vying to beat the Chrysler PT Cruiser in annual sales for the first time.

This is despite the fact that competitors offer convertible versions. The HHR is only a wagon - a regular wagon or a panel wagon that's devoid of second-row seats and second-row windows.

Commendable fuel economy, safety ratings
Sold as a 5-passenger, 5-door wagon and a 2-passenger, 3-door panel wagon, the HHR is the "newest" of the retro cars - it debuted in calendar 2005. It's also larger and more accommodating than some competitors.

But it's likely the government highway fuel economy rating of 30 miles per gallon for the 2008 HHR with base, 2.2-liter 4-cylinder engine and automatic transmission that's attracting attention these days.

Neither the PT Cruiser nor the gasoline-powered New Beetle has this highway mileage rating, and neither has the HHR's 22-mpg city rating, either.

A "recommended buy" listing by Consumer Reports magazine in spring 2007 and across-the-board, five-out-of-five-stars ratings in federal government crash tests help make the HHR stand out, too.

Reasonably priced
Best of all, the 2008 HHR is affordable with a starting manufacturer's suggested retail price of just over $16,000 for a base wagon with 149-horsepower, 4-cylinder engine and 5-speed manual transmission.

This compares with the $15,000 or so starting retail price for a 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser wagon with 150-horsepower 4-cylinder engine and manual transmission and the just over $17,000 starting price for a 2008 VW New Beetle hatchback with 150-horsepower 5-cylinder engine and manual transmission.

Not as big in real life as it looks in pictures
Don't judge the HHR from pictures. Pictures - and the old Chevy Suburban styling - make the HHR look bigger than it is in reality.

While it's true the HHR is nearly 14.7 feet long, or some 7 inches longer than the PT Cruiser, it's quite compact and is basically the same length as a 2008 Honda Civic sedan.

The HHR uses the same front-wheel-drive platform and many components, including engines and transmissions, that are in Chevy's compact sedan and coupe, the Cobalt.

But the packaging genius of the HHR - for both passengers and cargo - comes from the vehicle's tall roof.

The HHR is 5 feet, 8 inches tall, so passengers have a more upright seating position than they do in regular cars and sit up some above the pavement.

The upright seating helps provide surprisingly generous legroom of more than 40 inches in the front seats and nearly 40 inches for back-seat occupants. This is akin to what passengers get in some larger sport-utility vehicles.

Headroom of 39.6 inches for the HHR back seats is laudable, too. It's what you find in the back seat of Chevy's midsize SUV, the TrailBlazer, for example.

And the HHR offers an SUV-like 63.1 cubic feet of cargo space, maximum, when rear seats are removed. Rear seats also fold down flat, along with the seatback of the front passenger seat, for flexible cargo storage.

Note that the HHR Panel model doesn't include rear seats - just an open cargo area.

Practicality comes through
The letters "HHR" stand for Heritage, as in old-style vehicle, with High Roof.

The HHR isn't a plush or luxurious vehicle, though buyers can option up to leather-trimmed, heated front seats and premium sound system with Pioneer speakers.

With hard plastic trim on the interior sides of the doors, the dashboard and the cargo floor, the HHR comes across as strictly functional. For example, watch as you put items in and take them out from the back. The hard plastic cargo floor can scratch and be gouged.

And while air vents on the dashboard are attractive circles and instrument cluster gauges are surrounded by shiny silver-colored trim for a pleasant look, there's nary any retro feel to the inside of the HHR.

For example, the HHR radio faceplate and controls are a modern, clean design now included in virtually all vehicles made by Chevy's parent company, General Motors Corp.

I just wish that fewer road bumps would have come through to passengers in the test HHR with uplevel, 17-inch tires and that there hadn't been an intermittent rattle coming from the dashboard.

Regular gasoline, please
There are two HHR engines, and both are fuel-thrifty, naturally aspirated, 4-cylinder Ecotec units from GM.

The base, 2.2-liter powerplant delivers 149 horses and 152 lb-ft of torque at 4200 rpm, while the uplevel engine has a larger, 2.4-liter displacement and generates a more competitive 172 horses and 167 lb-ft of torque at 4500 rpm.

Both engines, however, can operate with a lot of noisy bluster when pressed to accelerate quickly and when on long, uphill, highway pavement. They feel anemic in high altitude conditions, too.

I'd lean toward buying the larger displacement, 2.4-liter unit, because of its better get up and go for merging into traffic, and because the fuel economy rating difference vis-à-vis the base engine is small.

Basically, the bigger engine is rated at the same 22-mpg city mileage and loses only 2 mpg in the highway rating when compared with the smaller, 2.2-liter engine.

But be aware that these government mileage numbers aren't guaranteed. In my test car, I never got anywhere near the posted fuel economy ratings, though I admit I didn't try to drive for fuel milaege.

In fact, with 60 percent of my driving on the highway, I wound up with a combined city/highway rating of just 22.6 mpg with the 2.4-liter engine and automatic transmission.

Top safety ratings
Alas, the HHR lags other small vehicles in standard safety equipment.

Anti-lock brakes were an option on the test HHR. Side-curtain airbags were another option. Both of these safety items, plus others, are standard on some competing vehicles, including the Scion xB small wagon.

Despite this, the 2008 HHR performed admirably in the government crash tests, garnering across-the-board five-out-of-five-stars ratings.

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Safety Ratings help

What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Driver Crash Grade

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

Traction/Stability Control Opt
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Opt
Rear Head side Air Bag Opt

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std


Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Opt
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 5 Years/100,000 Miles

Chevrolet Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

NEW! 6-Year/100,000-Mile¹ Powertrain Limited Warranty

12-Month/12,000-Mile² Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty

Exclusive 2-Year/24,000-Mile³ CPO Scheduled Maintenance Program with two included maintenance visits

¹Whichever comes first, from original in-service date. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.
²Whichever comes first, from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.
³Maintenance visits must occur within two years or 24,000 miles of vehicle delivery, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2012-2017 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
IMPORTANT RECALL INFORMATION: Before a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle is listed or sold, GM requires dealers to complete all safety recalls. However, because even the best processes can break down, we encourage you to check the recall status of any vehicle at recalls.gm.com
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day/150-Mile&#185; Vehicle Exchange Program <br> &#185;Whichever comes first. Vehicle exchange only. See dealer for details.
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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