The 2008 Chevrolet HHR gets better-than-average crash-test scores and comes with a good list of standard safety equipment.
Although the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) did not run the 2008 Chevrolet HHR through its own crash tests, the vehicle performed admirably in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests, earning five stars for impact protection and four for rollover resistance.
Stability control and OnStar are now standard on all Chevy HHRs, Car and Driver reports. According to Cars.com, "standard SS safety features include antilock brakes and an electronic stability system," while "side curtain airbags are optional."
Edmunds reports higher trim levels offer more options: "traction control is included with ABS when ordered with an automatic transmission, and is standard on all 2LT vehicles, as is this year's new addition of stability control."
We note some disagreement on Chevrolet HHR 2008 visibility issues, however. While Edmunds commends the "impressive outward visibility for the regular wagon models," Cars.com says "something HHR drivers battle that isn't an issue in many other cars is forward visibility. This wagon's unique shape dictates a relatively short windshield, which in turn leads to windshield pillars -- which are wide to begin with -- that get in the way when checking for cross traffic or pedestrians." This source does note that Chevrolet HHR 2008 "rear- and over-shoulder visibility, however, is good." The panel-wagon version, which omits rear side windows, has terrible rearward visibility and is intended as a work vehicle.