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2006 Chevrolet HHR Wagon

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Chevrolet HHR Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.2 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 143 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 20/28 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2006 Chevrolet HHR

  • The 2006 Chevrolet HHR is a capable and stylish urban transporter let down by weak driving dynamics. If you want a retro wagon, the PT Cruiser is still the better package.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Smooth and quiet ride, lots of cargo space, attractive interior, excellent visibility, versatile sound system.

  • Cons

    Weak brakes, sloppy handling, engines lack low-end pull and refinement, tight shoulder room, out-of-reach window buttons, some cheap plastics.

  • What's New for 2006

    The HHR is an all-new compact wagon based on the Cobalt platform. Its retro styling is a throwback to the '49 Suburban.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

2 of 11 people found this review helpful

Original owner since new

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Vehicle: 2006 Chevrolet HHR LS 4dr Wagon (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

I originally leased this car new and bought it in '09. I drove the car 350 miles a week for the first 2 years (35,000 mi.) until I retired from General Motors Canada. It now has about 60,000 miles with no problems. Tires and brakes were replaced at about 35,000 mi. Four Uniroyal TigerPaw II snow tires solved the winter driving issues and four Michelin HydroEdges are used in the summer. Oil changes were being done when the oil life monitor indicated. Gas mileage is good at about 40 mpg. (combined) with the automatic transmission. The key sticking issue and the water leakage were fixed at my local dealer to my satisfaction. he still does all the maitenance on the vehicle.

I hate my car.

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Vehicle: 2006 Chevrolet HHR LS 4dr Wagon (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

I bought my car in 2007 with 15,000 miles on it. It had one owner be fore i purchased it. I would never in my life own another Chevrolet HHR. The door handles breaks easily, and just recently I was going down the road and i was accelerating and the car started going slower and slower. I had to pull to the side of the road to see the problem, and much to my surprise there is no dip stick for the transmission. It has to be brought into a shop to be checked. But how could I bring it, it will not go into drive, only reverse.

Car want work

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Vehicle: 2006 Chevrolet HHR LS 4dr Wagon (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

my 2006 hhr only has 104,000 on it. always changed the oil when reguired. took very good care of car. then as i was riding down the road it just shut off. had it towed home and then found out a rod broke right in half and ended up in oil pan. any know of a recall on this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Honestly don't buy

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Vehicle: 2006 Chevrolet HHR LS 4dr Wagon (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

My own chevy 2006 HHR Leaks on the passenger side and lately on the drivers side, my windshield whippers transmission just decided that it was going to stop working, i also have had numerous issues with it constantly not starting after leaving it parked for no more 3 minutes and have had to call GM Roadside Assistances more then 15 times in the winter as well as in the summer. My stairing wheel has been shaking constantly for so long and the car only has about 72000KM and all this started way before it even hit 55000KM! And these problems are only the big visible ones there are so many more it's a joke I do not suggest purchasing this vehicule! I hope they discontinue and fast!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

My hhr ls

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Vehicle: 2006 Chevrolet HHR LS 4dr Wagon (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

I have read the other reviews, and I must disagree with a few of them. I purchased my daughter's car a year ago, and so far so good. Excellent on gas, drives well, and very comfortable. She has not had one single issue with her car yet. So judging on by the perfomance and reliability of her car, I would definetly purchase another one but a higher model. I simply love this car! My daughter (Nera) is into big boy cars such as: Hummers, Chevy's, etc so when I first got this car-she had 2 get use 2 it. But now I can say we both love the quality of the HHR LS's....

Beautiful car from the outside.

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Vehicle: 2006 Chevrolet HHR LS 4dr Wagon (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

I bought my 2006 Chevy hhr ls used with 72000 miles in early 2009. Three months in I begin to experience shaking in the front end when brakes are applied. My brakes get checked and replaced but still the problem continues. Two years and 25k mi later this issue has gotten worse and worse to now the whole steering wheel shakes. Several different dealerships were unable to find the cause of the issue. As many others have stated, the interior stains very easily. Not good for young families. The back interior light dome broke. The front ones on the review mirror flicker on and off and sometimes stay on. Everything is backwards. Headlights can almost not be replaced without going to the dealer.

Full 2006 Chevrolet HHR Review

What's New for 2006

The HHR is an all-new compact wagon based on the Cobalt platform. Its retro styling is a throwback to the '49 Suburban.


A new entry for 2006, the Chevrolet HHR is a direct competitor to compact wagons like the PT Cruiser, Matrix and GM's own Vibe. HHR stands for Heritage High Roof, and GM says the compact wagon's styling is a tribute to the '49 Suburban. There's no question that the HHR looks an awful lot like the PT, though its boxier lines give it a stronger delivery truck resemblance.

Under the hood of the front-drive Chevy HHR you'll find one of two four-cylinder engines. A 143-hp 2.2-liter is standard on base LS and midlevel 1LT models. Optional on the 1LT and standard on the top-line 2LT is a 2.4-liter engine that puts out 172 hp. Even with the 2.4, the HHR doesn't have much spunk down low. Acceleration is more spirited once the engine revs up, though plenty of noise accompanies these efforts. On the plus side, the ride is quiet and comfortable as the front strut/rear torsion beam suspension competently filters out bumps and ruts. Unfortunately, engineers weren't able to work the same magic with the wagon's handling. Body roll is excessive during cornering, and the electric steering is slow and numb. Braking is another problem area, as the Chevy wagon exhibits poor straight-line stability during maximum braking efforts. Dynamically, the HHR can't match the more nimble, sprightly feel of rivals such as the Vibe and Mazda 3.

Inside, driver and passengers sit tall and visibility is excellent in all directions. The Chevy HHR is longer than the PT Cruiser or Vibe, and this opens up more space behind its rear seats. For larger jobs, the plastic-backed rear seats fold completely flat as in the Matrix/Vibe. With 63 cubic feet, the HHR has as much total cargo capacity as the PT and, unlike in the Chrysler, you don't have to completely remove the rear seats.

Overall, the 2006 Chevrolet HHR provides roomy, practical family transportation in an eye-catching retro wrapper. But with others in the class offering quicker acceleration, tighter handling and better brakes, you'd be well advised to explore all your options before settling on the Chevy.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The Chevrolet HHR is a compact four-door wagon and comes in three trim levels: LS, 1LT and 2LT. The LS includes essentials like air conditioning with cabin filtration, 16-inch wheels, a six-speaker CD stereo with an input jack for portable music players, a flat-folding front-passenger seat, cruise control and power windows, mirrors and locks. The LT trim is broken up into two groups, 1LT and the 2LT Enhanced Package. The 1LT includes an eight-way power driver seat, an upgraded MP3-compatible stereo and alloy wheels. The 2LT adds a firmer suspension setup, 17-inch wheels, a seven-speaker Pioneer sound system, foglamps and additional chrome trim. Options on the Chevy wagon include leather upholstery, seat heaters, an in-dash CD changer, satellite radio, a sunroof and OnStar.

Powertrains and Performance

Standard on the LS and 1LT models is a 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine rated for 143 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. A 2.4-liter engine with 172 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque is standard on the 2LT package and available as a stand-alone option on the 1LT. A five-speed manual transmission is standard on all Chevy HHR models, and a four-speed automatic is optional. Ordering the automatic nets you a remote vehicle start system.


Front disc and rear drum brakes are standard, with four-wheel antilock control standard on the 2LT and optional on all other models. Traction control is included with ABS when you order an automatic transmission, but stability control is not offered. Head-protecting side curtain airbags for front and rear passengers are optional.

Interior Design and Special Features

An attractive yet functional design gives the Chevrolet HHR one of the most inviting GM interiors of late. The metal-rimmed gauges are sharp, and the stereo head unit offers large dials, a scrolling display and a direct hookup for portable digital media listeners. Unfortunately, the window buttons are inconveniently mounted behind the shifter, and some of the plastics seem cheap. Legroom is adequate front and rear, but shoulder room can be tight for adults. The cloth seats are merely passable, but the optional leather chairs have extra cushioning that increases comfort. As in the Pontiac Vibe, the rear seats fold easily, providing a perfectly flat load surface coated in wipe-clean plastic. Maximum cargo capacity is 63 cubic feet.

Driving Impressions

Even with the larger 2.4-liter engine, the 2006 Chevrolet HHR isn't a fast car. Low-end torque isn't particularly impressive and the engine gets noisy as it revs. The HHR's best attribute is its smooth, quiet ride. On twistier sections of road, it's best to keep things at a relaxed pace, because the suspension and steering really aren't up to the task of aggressive driving. Stopping distances are acceptable in normal traffic, but the HHR has an unsettling tendency to pull left and right during maximum braking efforts.

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Gas Mileage


  • 20
  • cty
  • 28
  • highway
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