Hauls a lot of stuff... for a really tall station wagon
Road noise - it's quite noticeable. I keep pressing the window buttons to make sure they're up. It's not a quiet ride by any stretch of the imagination.
Rattles a lot - what did they put the parts on with - glue? Of course, there's no insulation anywhere I think - so you hear everything. I'm afraid to have a conversation on my cel when the the car is off, because it's no better than a telephone booth.
Steering does feel mushy sometimes, like you're driving on ice. You wonder why there's not more feedback.
Cheap feeling and looking on the inside. Of course, if you want luxury, this ain't the car. Maybe the SS version of the HHR looks and feel less like like the inside of a Airbus AC30.
2.2L is definitely gutless. Replaced the intake manifold to try to squeeze a little more HP out of it. I'm glad for the manual shift - otherwise I think I'd be frustrated just trying to pass pedestrians.
I haul a lot of stuff. And the fact that I can stick an 8 foot ladder or 8 foot lumber inside my car means a great deal.
Overall, I bought the thing for the mileage, the way it looks on the outside, and the ability to carry stuff like a van.
Looks good on the outside.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 14th December, 2010