2009 Chevrolet HHR vs. Its Competition

2009 Chevrolet HHR LT w/1LT
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Because of its very affordable price, the HHR competes with a wide range of vehicles—including some small cars.

But its most direct competitors are tall-roofed utility cars, such as the Chrysler PT Cruiser and Scion xB.

The PT Cruiser is also a versatile people/cargo hauler and has more useful passenger space than the HHR, but the Cruiser in any trim can’t match the HHR’s performance with the SS edition.

The Jeep Compass, which is heavily based on the Dodge Caliber, is a tall-roof hatchback car—though a little rounder than the HHR.

The Compass isn’t nearly as cargo-friendly as the HHR; however, the Compass offers all-wheel drive and the HHR does not.

The Scion xB is also a direct rival to the HHR; like the rest of the Scion line, it targets a more youthful, urban buyer.

Like the HHR, the XB isn’t as roomy inside for passengers as one might expect.

Later this model year, the 2010 Kia Soul will go on sale; with more of an emphasis on fuel economy and maneuverability, the Soul looks poised to compete for city dwellers.

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Quick Specs
The 2009 Chevrolet HHR is a great urban runabout for small-business owners with frequent cargo hauls.
Fun, fun, fun: Kia tries a little Soul on for size, and it fits.
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 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.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall Station WagonSmall Station WagonSubcompact2WD Sport Utility Vehicles
Style Name    
FWD 4-Door LS5-Door Wagon Manual5-Door Wagon Manual (GS)4-Door WagonFWD 4-Door Sport
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Hatchback5dr Wgn4 Door WagonSmall Station Wagon4 Door
ManualManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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