Quick Comparison: Chevy HHR vs. Chrysler PT Cruiser

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    Quick Comparison: Chevy HHR vs. Chrysler PT Cruiser

    Are they identical? Not exactly. by Thom Blackett
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    Re: Quick Comparison: Chevy HHR vs. Chrysler PT Cruiser

    "Despite having about seven fewer inches in length and two inches less in width, the 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser is able to provide more overall interior room than the 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The PT offers an additional inch of rear legroom, about an inch more front and rear shoulder room, and an extra cubic foot of cargo room. For its part, the HHR has about a half-inch of extra front headroom."

    How the hell is that possible?
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    Re: Quick Comparison: Chevy HHR vs. Chrysler PT Cruiser

    Height.....??? Actually I'm just guessing.

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    Re: Quick Comparison: Chevy HHR vs. Chrysler PT Cruiser

    The legroom thing can be explained by packaging, design front seats (effecting rear legroom) and seat cushion height and angle (headroom).

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    Re: Quick Comparison: Chevy HHR vs. Chrysler PT Cruiser

    I meant shoulder room and overall volume.
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    Re: Quick Comparison: Chevy HHR vs. Chrysler PT Cruiser

    Chevy should have at least beat the PT in rear leg room. That's one of the first things I would compare when car shopping.

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    Re: Quick Comparison: Chevy HHR vs. Chrysler PT Cruiser

    Quote Originally Posted by AdmiralViscen
    "Despite having about seven fewer inches in length and two inches less in width, the 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser is able to provide more overall interior room than the 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The PT offers an additional inch of rear legroom, about an inch more front and rear shoulder room, and an extra cubic foot of cargo room. For its part, the HHR has about a half-inch of extra front headroom."

    How the hell is that possible?
    I think the HHR has a much longer front end. That's the ugliest part of the whole package, IMO. It's got a huge schnoze. That would explain the length. I have no idea about width. There's no excuse for having a larger car with less interior room, especially when it's introduced five years later.

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    Re: Quick Comparison: Chevy HHR vs. Chrysler PT Cruiser

    Well from what it seems with this comparison is that GM didn't improve on the main and only competitior in this segment.
    GM settled on just being the same or actually less.
    I see why GM lowered inital sales projections.
    When will GM learn that you can't just show up to class but you have to be the teacher and A student. If GM wasn't going to lead with this vehicle it should have spent the development $$ on other projects like maybe a new interior for the Malibu.

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    Re: Quick Comparison: Chevy HHR vs. Chrysler PT Cruiser

    Quote Originally Posted by AdmiralViscen
    I meant shoulder room and overall volume.
    I would say that it has less shoulder room/overall volume because it has massive fender flares which skew the overall width of the vehicle, making it seem much wider, meanwhile the cabin area is very narrow.

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    Re: Quick Comparison: Chevy HHR vs. Chrysler PT Cruiser

    This is MT's take on it.

    Motor Trend, March 2005 - Chevrolet HHR
    The Bow-Tieís PT Cruiser by Frank Markus

    Nobody looking at Chevyís new HHR (for Heritage high Roof) miniwagon will be surprised to learn that Bryan Nesbitt, creator of the Chrysler PT Cruiser, had a hand in its design. So faithful is this reinterpretation of that we half expected the executives unveiling it to congratulate themselves on saving shareholders millions of dollars I innovation expenses by simply copying a good design (proving theyíd learned a thing or two doing business in China).

    Itís all here: movable rear package shelf with bag hooks on the bottom, flat-folding rear and front passenger seats, ball-shifter knob, power window switches in the center console, and general proportioning, look and feel of the interior and exterior. Thereís sufficient deviation to prevent lawsuits (the PT Cruiser doesnít have runningboards) Ė but this doesnít necessarily improve the Chevy. Despite riding on virtually the same wheelbase as the PT and stretching 5.7 inches longer, mostly in the rear overhang, maximum cargo space is closed to the PTís 64.2 cubic feet. Thatís probably because the HHRís rear seats donít come out and its rear deck is higher.

    Power will come from one of two Ecotec 16-valve four-cylinders, pumping 2.2 or 2.4 liters. The base engine rates 145 HP and 150 pound-feet (five and 15 down from the PTís base 2.4), while the uplevel plant is good for 170 and 170 Ė 10 HP and 40 pound-feet shy of PTís Turbo. Transmissions include a five speed manual and four speed automatic. The HHR is built on GMís new front-drive Delta Platform (Chevy Cobalt, Saturn Ion), on 16 or 17-inch wheels and tires, with an optional sport suspension package. Expect decent ride and handling, which help to compensate for other shortcomings.

    HHRs will be served in LS or LT models, with the latter subdivided into two trim packages. We canít imagine HHRs bringing much of a premium over PT Cruisers, so expect base prices in the $14,000 to $18,000 range. The HHR is four years late to a party starting to break up in Chrysler showrooms, so donít pay over sticker for one.

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