Guide: 5=Perfect; 3=Good; 1=Poor
Pros: What do you like about your 2006 Chevrolet HHR?
Great, retro exterior styling.
Excellent fuel economy, cargo space and configurable interior.
Cons: How would you improve your 2006 Chevrolet HHR?
Stiffer suspension, especially a rear sway bar.
6 speed auto trans.
Richer looking interior.
2006 Chevrolet HHR Review:
I replaced a totally worn out Astro van with a 2006 HHR 2LT model. While it doesn't have the ultimate hauling ability of the Astro, it is MUCH nicer to drive, and burns 1/2 as much fuel. The exterior styling is a real hit- classic looks in a modern wagon.
The handling is clearly a compromise, I immediately added a rear sway bar that stiffened the roll resistance and helped curb the understeer of the stock car-something Chevy should have done from the factory. I don't expect it to be a sports car, but Chevy should have put a quicker steering box in it as well. With that said, the overall drive is pleasant enough. Power is quite adequate, especially considering the fuel economy- 23-25mpg around town, and 30 on the highway.
The interior is a compromise to cost, with fairly cheap materials. I put a carbon fiber dash kit in mine, which dressed it up greatly. The seats are very comfortable and reasonably roomy, and the visibility is ok, except for looking up at traffic lights. That's when you know what those prisms on 1940s cars were for. The short windshield is part of the styling, so live with it.
Overall, it's a great looking, economical, versatile, daily driver, and a very good value. They are wildly popular in my area, for good reason.
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