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2009 Chevrolet HHR Review

Versatile and well-equipped wagon.

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The 2009 Chevrolet HHR is a practical vehicle with a boxy shape that enhances interior space. It can be described as an economical SUV, inspired by vehicles of the 1940s. Some of the features stayed the same from 2006 to 2009, such as the fully folding front passenger seat and 60/40-rear seat. One explanation for the popularity of the HHR is its ample space. It boasts 39.6 inches of headroom, 40.6 inches of legroom, and 53.5 inches of shoulder room. In addition, it has front drive and a towing capacity of 1000 pounds. The two-seat, sporty, retro style of the SS is amazingly popular with young adults. The ample cargo space appeals to delivery companies and families. People of any age can find something attractive about it for different reasons.

The Range

Body Styles: compact wagon
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmission: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Chevrolet HHR LS, Chevrolet HHR LT, Chevrolet HHR SS.

What's New

The 2009 Chevrolet HHR had some interior revisions, such as separate window controls on each door, sturdier cup holders, and improved interior illumination.


Fashioned after the 1949 Chevrolet Suburban, the 2009 Chevrolet HHR Panel SS has no rear windows or doors but metal paneling instead. The rear seating is removed, leaving the back with a large, flat cargo floor, featuring concealed storage. Also added are various cosmetic changes, including the addition of three new colors, Gold Mist Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, and Aqua Blue Metallic, as well as the choice of silver or smoke striping for an added retro appearance. Standard features on all models include daytime running lights and alloy wheels. The LT model offers fog lights, while the SS model comes with standard 18-inch, polished alloy wheels and a rear spoiler.


The 2009 Chevrolet HHR SS now has sportier seats and a smaller steering. Standard features on all trims include MP3 capabilities and air-conditioning. A power driver’s seat is standard on the LT trim. In addition, an optional package for the LT includes a leather-wrapped wheel and shift knob. These same features are standard on the SS trim. Only the SS trim has standard Bluetooth wireless. All trims have a standard satellite radio and OnStar.

Performance & Handling

Due to rising fuel prices, The 2009 Chevrolet HHR revises its Flex fuel capability, which aids in fuel economy. The gas mileage is very respectable at 20/29 mpg city/highway. At the same time, the ""no lift shift"" feature on the SS enables the vehicle to achieve zero to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. The SS trim also features a top speed of 150 mph. Standard on the LS and LT is a 149-horsepower, 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission. The LT also has a 172 horsepower, 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine available. The SS boasts a 260 horsepower, 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with fuel injection, and a standard five-speed manual transmission. An optional four-speed manual transmission is available on all trims.


The 2009 Chevrolet HHR includes safety enhancements, such as side airbags, StabiliTrak traction control, side impact beams, illuminated entry, door-ajar warning, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, daytime running lights, driver and passenger airbags, first and second row overhead curtain airbags, panic alarm, low fuel warning, and low tire pressure, rear door child safety locks, child seat anchors, engine immobilizer, dusk sensing headlamps, stability control, tire pressure monitoring, post collision safety system, and rear center seatbelts.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet HHR: 22/32 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Delivers comfortable ride
  • Good cargo hauling capability
  • SS model delivers good performance

You Won't Like

  • Handling and braking could be better
  • Some interior trim is low-grade

Sum Up

Versatile and well-equipped wagon.

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