Kelley Blue Book Value®
$4,232 - $8,720
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
21 City / 30 HWY
Horsepower
149-260
Seats
2-5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$4,232 - $8,720
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
21 City / 30 HWY
Horsepower
149-260
Seats
2-5

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

You'll Like The 2008 Chevrolet HHR If...

If you like your retro style backed with substance, the functional, comfortable and eager HHR will satisfy you beyond its intriguing looks.

Chevrolet HHR Models & Trims

2008 Chevrolet HHR Owner Reviews

3.96
135 Reviews
34% 36% 22% 6% 1%
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Could have been a great little car.

It feels like there is always something wrong with this car. I started driving it in 2012, so 7 years now, and every year something has had to be worked on. If my father-in-law wasn't a mechanic I probably would have traded in my car a while ago. First I had power steering problems and things kept going wrong from there. The key would get stuck in the ignition -- luckily there was a recall on that part, but not for the bulk of time the problem was occurring -- I have had to replace the rotors several times, brakes need replaced more than normal, the driver's and passenger's mirrors will not move, shocks just got replaced, the stock CD player gets CDs stuck in it, the steering wheel buttons to control the CD system only half work, my back driver's side passenger door only locks half the time, I have replaced the key fob three times and now I just open the door with my key because I do not want to pay the $125 for another key fob, and the other morning my car made a funny noise starting up and it was determined I will, in the near future, need a new fuel pump. I am part of a Chevy hhr Facebook group and the issues are not only with my vehicle, rather they're common throughout the hhr community. Overall, the car is the perfect size for me, gas mileage is good, and the comfort level is decent -- although the leather in my front seats is cracking after only 135k miles of sitting time and I weigh a measly 100 lbs. Would I buy it again? No, absolutely not.

- Stevie T

Reliable and surprisingly spacious.

In my experience, the 2008 HHR is a highly reliable vehicle. I have not had very many issues with it in the time that I have owned it. As with all cars, there is a certain amount of upkeep which is to be expected. The suspension of the vehicle holds up pretty well. It drives very smoothly on the highway and has minimal road noise. On unpaved country roads it handles bumps and potholes very well. It has a surprisingly spacious interior. Three grown adult women were comfortable riding in the back seats during a six-hour road trip, and all five of our weekend bags, pillows and blankets fit in the trunk of the vehicle. It is not a great vehicle for those who are exceptionally tall as it is a shorter vehicle and does not have a ton of leg space. Because it sits so low, the headlights do not feel as though they reach very far at night. The interior is very comfortable and durable. Seats come clean easily and give good lumbar support. This vehicle handles surprisingly well in both the rain and in snowy/icy conditions. The heating and cooling systems in the vehicle are very responsive which makes temperature regulation easy. The CD player can only hold one CD at a time, but there is a CD player which is a feature you do not always find in cars nowadays. This vehicle is very practical for a single person or small family, as there is a good amount of storage space, but still allows easy access if you have children in the backseat who need car seats.

- Amanda S

This is strange. When you get in the car and turn the air to inside circulation the air gets cold like you had turned on the ac but you didn't.

The car itself isn't so bad it's the way it was built that has a lot to desire. The battery is in the hatch and to change the a front light you have to remove a front tire and go through the opening. Other then that it's pretty much a good car to have for going back and for to work or school. One of the other things I did not like and forgot to mention was that the year 2008 models had a feature that was kind of nerve racking and thankfully that was the only year they did that. When you got your speed to 40 mph and if you kept it there the car felt like it was pulsing, not good, and could not be changed. So until I get another car I had to learn to live with it.

- Allen G

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book
$4,232 - $6,103
$5,903 - $8,720

Horsepower

Horsepower
149 hp
260 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
ECOTEC 2.2L DOHC 16
ECOTEC Turbo 2.0L DOHC 4
Boost gauge turbocharged
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
40.6 in.
40.6 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.6 in.
39.6 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
39.5 in.
39.5 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39 in.
39 in.

Entertainment

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional
Optional

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional

AUX Input

AUX Input
Optional
Optional

CD Player

CD Player
Optional
Optional

Seats

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Optional
Optional

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Aluminum

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional

Running Boards

Running Boards
Optional

Dimensions

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
103.5 in.
103.5 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
36 - 37.7 ft.
39.4 ft.

Length

Length
176.2 in.
176.2 in.

Width

Width
69.1 in.
69.1 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3004 lbs.
3280 - 3353 lbs.

Horsepower

Horsepower
149 hp
250 - 260 hp

Torque

Torque
152 ft. lbs.
222 - 260 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
100 lbs.
0 lbs.

Turbocharged

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Optional

Limited Slip Differential

Limited Slip Differential
Optional

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Optional

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
16 gal.
16.2 gal.

Combined

Combined
26 - 22 mpg
24 - 25 mpg

City

City
21 - 22 mpg
19 - 21 mpg

Highway

Highway
30 mpg
28 - 29 mpg
Safety Features

Features

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Optional

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control

Traction Control

Traction Control
Optional

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Optional

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Optional

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Optional

Rear Side Airbag

Rear Side Airbag
Optional

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Optional
Optional

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Optional
Optional

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

    N/A
  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety