Shopped the PT Cruiser, Jeep Compass, etc. but this HHR was the obvious choice. Very fun car to drive. Gets double-takes out on the highway. Stick shift is fun to drive and has neat old style chrome shifter. Getting 30 to 34 mpg on the highway. Will carry 5 people comfortably or a bunch of cargo with seats folded down, up to 8' long. Very quiet and comfortable while driving. Lots of storage areas, although map pockets in door are not big enough. Base stereo is OK. Has features you would not expect for such an inexpensive car - cruise control, power windows, power programmable door locks (they lock and unlock automatically) , A/C, electromagnetic power steering, keyless entry and alarm, etc.
Old School hot rod styling; fantastic fuel mileage; super fun to drive (manual shifting is still pretty neat for some of us old folks). Very quiet and comfortable - soaks up the bumps easily. Doors close with a nice thump sound - surprising for a Chevy. Love all the gadgets like the "Info Center.."
Armrests interfere with cupholders, which are too far back. Visibility is not the greatest(i.e. I have to duck down and look up sometimes to see the stoplights). ABS should be standard on all models. Funny window switch placement. Avoid the tan color interior,seat fabrics are not dirt- friendly.