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2009 Chevrolet HHR Wagon

FWD 4dr LS

Starting at | Starting at 22 MPG City - 32 MPG Highway

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2009 Chevrolet HHR Wagon

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Chevrolet HHR Wagon

The 2009 Chevy HHR offers sport utility seating and cargo carrying capabilities on a small-car platform. The 155-hp base 2.2L Ecotec engine achieves 32 mpg on the highway, while the 2.4L engine upgrade provides 23 more horsepower and achieves 28 mpg on the highway. Even the 260-hp turbocharged SS manages 29 mpg highway with manual transmission and 28 mpg highway with the automatic transmission.

What's new for 2009?

The Chevrolet HHR receives several substantial updates for 2009. Both the 2.2L and 2.4L Ecotec engines are now FlexFuel E85 compatible, which means they'll take gasoline or an 85% ethanol/gas blend. Also, like the 2.4, the 2.2 is now equipped with variable valve timing (VVT), which improves engine performance and efficiency. The 2.2L engine's horsepower output increases from 149 hp to 155 hp, while highway mileage rating increases from 30 mpg to a claimed 32 mpg.

Model Strengths

  • Retro styling
  • flexible interior configuration
  • fuel efficient cargo mover, FlexFuel-capable

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 2009, 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 one of the most unique looking vehicle in Chevrolet's lineup.

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2009 Chevrolet HHR

Source: The Car Connection

Gathering across the Web, TheCarConnection.com's editors studied car reviews and have condensed opinions about the 2009 Chevrolet HHR in this comprehensive review. Experts from TheCarConnection.com have driven the Chevrolet HHR (including the HHR SS) on several occasions and offer driving impressions and more details, and they've compared the 2009 Chevrolet HHR with other vehicles in its class to give you the best advice--even when other reviews present conflicting opinions.

The 2009 Chevrolet HHR (the name stands for "Heritage High Roof") shares its basic architecture with the Chevy Cobalt (available in coupe and sedan body styles). Despite the HHR's inauspicious foundation, this tall-roofed crossover is a well-orchestrated machine that provides cargo-carrying utility and spirited performance.

Standard-duty versions of the 2009 Chevrolet HHR can be powered by one of two four-cylinder engines: a 2.2-liter or 2.4-liter. Both engines power the front wheels via either a standard five-speed manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic; a remote start feature is offered with the 2.4-liter. For 2009, variable valve timing has been added to the base 2.2-liter Ecotec engine, which increases horsepower to 155, up from the '08's powerplant rating of 149 horses. Since the new engine is more efficient, fuel economy is improved, yielding a driving range of up to 500 miles between petrol pit stops. With either transmission, though, performance is just adequate, and the HHR's powertrains feel somewhat less refined than that of rival vehicles.

High-performance-minded drivers that don't want to sacrifice excellent fuel economy now have another 2009 Chevrolet HHR SS model to satiate their need for efficient speed: the HHR Panel SS model. Unlike some recent Chevys with "SS" decals but no guts, the HHR SS and Panel SS have big muscles. Driver-selectable performance features including the "no-lift shift" help the SS achieve 0-60 mph performance in 6.3 seconds and cover the quarter-mile in 14.8 seconds at 98.5 mph. Equipped with the manual transmission, the SS has a top speed of more than 150 mph. Powering the SS models--which are the most desirable of the HHR lineup, in the opinion of TheCarConnection.com--is a turbocharged and direct-injected 2.0-liter Ecotec engine, which enables the HHR SS to achieve EPA-rated highway mileage of 29 mpg with the manual transmission and 28 mpg with the automatic.

A sport suspension is included on the Chevy HHR LT model for more responsive handling, though it doesn't make a tremendous difference. All of the non-SS versions have a quite soft, absorbent ride and handling that's responsive though not sporty.

Packaging is hit-and-miss in the 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The front seats can be a bit cramped, headroom is especially tight, and the second row isn't tremendously roomy either. But fold down the second row and the HHR hauls an amazing amount of cargo. A flexible cargo management system includes flat-folding rear and front passenger seatbacks, various storage bins, and a height-adjustable cargo panel. Cargo carrying is after all the HHR's forte, and the LT Panel version, intended for use as a nimble cargo delivery vehicle, maximizes that capability.

The HHR had been a little lacking in the safety-features department, but newly standard on all models for 2009 are StabiliTrak stability control, ABS, tire pressure monitoring, roof rail airbags, and OnStar.

Providing hands-free calling and wireless play for audio devices through the radio, a Bluetooth interface for the phone is now standard on the 2009 Chevrolet HHR. A rear backup camera is available as an option. The 2LT comes equipped with new 17-inch ChromeTech wheels.

The Bottom Line:

The 2009 Chevrolet HHR is a great urban runabout for small-business owners with frequent cargo hauls.

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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.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

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Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
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Child Safety Locks Std

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Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

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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.

2-year/24,000-Mile¹ CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan.

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

5-year/100,000-Mile³ Powertrain Limited Warranty for model years up to 2014.

¹Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter, tire rotations and 27 point inspections, according to your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule for up to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of 4 service events. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.

²Whichever comes first from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.

³Whichever comes first from original in-service date. See participating dealers for limited warranty details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2009-2014 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day 150-Mile Satisfaction Guarantee
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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