Compare 2009 Chevrolet HHR vs 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser

2009 Chevrolet HHR
2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser
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FWD 4-Door LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door LS 22 32 $17,877 $18,720
FWD 4-Door Panel LS 22 32 $18,173 $19,030
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 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 SS 21 29 $23,698 $24,815
FWD 4-Door Panel SS 21 29 $24,003 $25,135
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4-Door Wagon
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Wagon 21 26 $15,033 $15,970
2-Door Convertible 21 26 $17,346 $18,430
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
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
7.2
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
City
22 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle Subcompact
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
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
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 -
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.2 15.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.5 18.1
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 -
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P215/55R16 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
QDB TNC
Front Tire Size
P215/55R16 P195/65R15
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
QDB TNC
Spare Tire Order Code
NA TBC
Trailering
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 -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3155 3070
Wheels
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 -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 15 x 6.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.4 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 510
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 120
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
155 @ 6100 150 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
150 @ 4800 165 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
LE8 EDZ
Displacement
2.2L/134 2.4L/148
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 26
Transmission
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 -
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
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback Small Station Wagon
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet HHR Chrysler PT Cruiser
Suspension
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
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Strut-Type Macpherson Strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 -

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