Love it or hate it, the Chevy HHR has a unique style. The design is based on a late 1940s or early 1950s Chevy panel van.
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As a retro design, it's every bit as good as the Mini Cooper or the new Ford Mustang, incorporating elements of the old and mixing them with the new.
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Along with this version, the HHR can be had with just the front side windows, mimicking the look of a classic panel van.
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The tail lights are another nice detail copied from the earlier Chevy panel van, although the older car has only one set of lights, not this stack.
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The interior configuration of the HHR is good, with four seats and plenty of cargo area. The rear seats fold down so the HHR can transport large objects.
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The interior of the HHR is well built, although we didn't like the hard plastic comprising the dashboard.
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Navigation and hands-free calling are available through OnStar.
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Although the radio display is ugly, it is functional, letting you easily select XM satellite radio categories, for example.
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The 'i' button activates this track information display when an MP3 CD is playing.
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The HHR's auxiliary audio input is mounted in the radio faceplate.
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You can use these presets for the EQ or customize bass, treble, and midrange levels.
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The seven-speaker system includes this subwoofer, as well as tweeters in the car's A pillars and mids in the doors.
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The oversize steering wheel doesn't improve the car's mediocre handling.
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The instruments are attractive, using a refined watch-dial look.
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With the HHR, you have a choice of a 2.2-liter or 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. This is the 2.4-liter version.
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