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Selected Style 4-Door Wagon
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Trim

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