2008 Chevrolet HHR vs. Its Competition

2008 Chevrolet HHR LS
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

While the 2008 Chevrolet HHR owes its styling cues to the Chevrolet Suburban from the 1940s, there's no retro technology hiding under its fenders.

The Chevy HHR, especially with the direct-injection turbo engine of the SS edition, is a modern vehicle.

But don't forget--the Chevrolet HHR is a low-priced compact that competes with all kinds of vehicles, from regular sedans to the obvious competitors noted here.

2008 Chevrolet HHR LS2008 Chevrolet HHR
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2009 Scion xB 2009 Scion xB
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2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2-door Convertible Front Exterior View2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser
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2008 Dodge Caliber SE2008 Dodge Caliber
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2008 Jeep Compass2008 Jeep Compass
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2008 Mazda MAZDA3 s Sport *Ltd Avail*2008 Mazda MAZDA3
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Quick Specs
The 2008 Chevrolet HHR (Heritage High Roof) may surprise you with its competence and quality.
The 2009 Scion xB has polarizing looks, a no-haggle dealer experience, and a long safety features list. It provides good value for those on a budget.
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 Caliber has a very practical layout and quite a few innovative features to get excited about, but it's lacking in driving enjoyment or refinement--even compared to its low-priced competition.
The 2008 Jeep Compass tries to take the brand to a new on-road audience, but falls short of pleasing drivers who never hit the trails.
The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall Station WagonSubcompactMid-size2WD Sport Utility VehiclesCompact
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door LS5-Door Wagon Manual (GS)4-Door Wagon4-Door HB SE FWDFWD 4-Door Sport4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door4 Door WagonSmall Station WagonHatchback4 Door4 Door Sedan
ManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManualManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2008 Chevrolet HHR vs. 2009 Scion xB2008 Chevrolet HHR vs. 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser2008 Chevrolet HHR vs. 2008 Dodge Caliber2008 Chevrolet HHR vs. 2008 Jeep Compass2008 Chevrolet HHR vs. 2008 Mazda MAZDA3