2006 Chevrolet HHR Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2006 Chevrolet HHR - Road Test Specs

2006 Chevrolet HHR Wagon

(2.2L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)


Model year2006
StyleLT 2
As-tested MSRPN/A


Drive typeFWD
Engine typeInline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2.4
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)172@6200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)162@5000
Transmission type4-Speed Automatic


Suspension, frontIndependent strut with stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearSemi-independent torsion beam with stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric power assist
Tire brandFirestone
Tire modelFirehawk
Tire size, front215/50R17
Tire size, rear215/50R17
Brakes, frontFront disc / rear drum

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.9
0-60 mph (sec.)9.5
0-75 mph (sec.)13.9
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.95 @ 82.75
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)41.24
60-0 mph (ft.)134.79
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)58.4
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)N/A
Sound level @ idle (dB)46.6
@ Full throttle (dB)74.0
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)71.9

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsUnder full throttle accleration the HHR suffers from average torque steer. It doesn't feel terribly slow, but it certainly isn't a rocketship. The shifter only offers D, I and L modes, which stand for Drive, Intermediate, and Low. It will not hold a gear and shifts whenever it wants to. In drive shifts are crisp and occur precisely at the 6,500-rpm redline. Putting the shifter in Low turns off traction control (there is no T/C button) until the vehicle shifts into second gear, when traction control turns back on.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsWe noted a lot of ABS noise and vibration, even for a low-cost car such as the HHR. The pedal doesn't allow for much modulation, and it feels too squishy. Stopping distances were mediocre but predictable, with little fade after the initial stop. Under hard braking the vehicle has a tendency to swerve and feel a bit top heavy, which did not leave us feeling very confident.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsSuspension is very, very soft; you can tell the "Heritage High Roof" has a higher center of gravity than its Cobalt sibling. The electric power steering is still way too numb, but it is improved over the Malibu. Body roll was prevalent and the suspension tends to rebound, which can throw the vehicle over center as it builds momentum in the slalom, causing the HHR to feel unstable and ready to spin at the limit.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)155
Temperature (°F)78
Wind (mph, direction)6

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)N/A
Edmunds observed (mpg)19.7
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,208
Length (in.)176.2
Width (in.)69.1
Height (in.)63.1
Wheelbase (in.)103.5
Legroom, front (in.)39.5
Legroom, rear (in.)40.6
Headroom, front (in.)39.6
Headroom, rear (in.)39.0
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)Not Available
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)63.0 cu. ft.


Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain3 years / 36,000 miles
Corrosion6 years / 100,000 miles
Roadside assistance3 years / 36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceN/A


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsNot Available
Head airbagsOptional
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsNot Available
Traction controlOptional
Stability controlNot Available
Rollover protectionNot Available
Emergency assistance systemOptional
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested

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