Chevrolet has aimed to blend the styling of the original 1949 Suburban with their sporty SSR roadster pickup in this PT Cruiser knock-off. The problem? Chrysler released the PT ages ago, and the craze has since died out. So GM came just a teensy bit late with this one.
The HHR rounds out Chevrolet's attack the last few years on the small car market, which began with the Aveo and continued with the Cobalt, on which the HHR is based. This small wagon is packed with clever storage features and uses a choice of Ecotec 4-cylinder engines. A 2.2-liter making 140 hp is standard, while a sportier model uses a 2.4-liter pushing out 170 hp.
Obviously trying to steal a bit of Scion thunder, the Chevy offers youthful options such as a Pioneer sound system, XM satellite radio, 17-inch wheels, and remote start. Also, the wagon's massive 16.2 gallon fuel tank is said to give the HHR a range of over 400 miles per tank.