2008 Chevrolet HHR LS from North America
Horrible visibility for the driver + recalls = avoid
Ignition switch recall, key stuck in ignition.
I got this on one of those great deals you only get from family members, otherwise I never would have chosen this car.
It's tiny inside, so your comfort will depend on your size.
Far and away the main problem with this car is the driver's visibility. I cannot imagine there is a car with worse visibility than this. I'm very much average in height at 5'9" and I'm constantly bobbing and weaving around the side columns and rear view mirror to see my surroundings. If I am stopped first in line at a traffic light, I cannot see the light at all without ducking my head. I have to be extra cautious to account for this. Pedestrians to the left or right disappear behind the support columns. Same for cars in front of me on exit/entrance ramps - if I sit still and upright, these cars become completely invisible. Again constant upper body motion is required to adjust for this.
Performance-wise, the HHR does very well. It has a lot of pickup and tight steering.
I've gone through one official recall (the infamous GM ignition switch) and two non-recall warnings. Also the right stereo speaker is in and out.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 16th March, 2015