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.