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Selected Style FWD 4-Door LS
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door LS 22 32 $17,877 $18,720
FWD 4-Door LT w/1LT 22 32 $19,787 $20,720
FWD 4-Door LT w/2LT 22 30 $19,787 $20,720
FWD 4-Door SS 21 29 $23,698 $24,815
FWD 4-Door Panel LS 22 32 $18,173 $19,030
FWD 4-Door Panel LT w/1LT 22 32 $20,083 $21,030
FWD 4-Door Panel LT w/2LT 22 30 $20,083 $21,030
FWD 4-Door Panel SS 21 29 $24,003 $25,135
4-Door Wagon
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Convertible 21 26 $17,346 $18,430
4-Door Wagon 21 26 $15,033 $15,970
4-Door Wagon Touring 19 24 $18,504 $19,785
4-Door Wagon Limited 18 24 $21,899 $23,515
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,877
$15,033
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,720
$15,970
Monthly Payment Estimate
$312 / month
$266 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2009 Chevrolet HHR is a great urban runabout for small-business owners with frequent cargo hauls. The 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser convertible gets the axe midway through 2008, so if you want one, act quickly, but the wagon is here if you need flexible utility with retro flair.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 22 mpg 21 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 32 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle Subcompact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.7 53.6
Front Leg Room (in) 40.6 40.6
Passenger Volume (ft³) 97.4 98.8
Front Hip Room (in) 50.1 49.6
Second Leg Room (in) 39.5 40.9
Front Head Room (in) 39.6 39.2
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Hip Room (in) 50.6 41.1
Front Shoulder Room (in) 53.5 53.8
Second Head Room (in) 39.0 39.5
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 62.5 63.0
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 58.7 58.2
Wheelbase (in) 103.6 103.0
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.1 67.1
Track Width, Front (in) 58.7 58.3
Min Ground Clearance (in) 6.3 5.5
Length, Overall (in) 176.2 168.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 25.2 - TBD -
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 57.7 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA NA
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA NA
Brake Type Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 9.8 x 1.7 8.97 x 1.57
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.7 x 1.0 11 x 0.9
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.2 15.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.0 36.7
Steering Type Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.5 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 18.5 18.1
Tires
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code QDB TNC
Spare Tire Order Code NA TBC
Rear Tire Size P215/55R16 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code QDB TNC
Front Tire Size P215/55R16 P195/65R15
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150 - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3155 3070
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.4 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 120
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 510
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 150 @ 4800 165 @ 4000
Engine Order Code LE8 EDZ
Displacement 2.2L/134 2.4L/148
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 155 @ 6100 150 @ 5200
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection SMPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 32 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 26 -
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.58 3.55
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.35 1.36
Trans Type 5 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA -
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.69 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.31 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.02 1.96
Trans Order Code MM5 DD5
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.17 3.94
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.98 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA -
Summary
Vehicle Name Chevrolet HHR Chrysler PT Cruiser
Body Style Hatchback Small Station Wagon
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Strut-Type Macpherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam Twist beam
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 -
 
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