The HHR's 1LT trim is the lower of two sub-levels within the more upscale LT style. The HHR 1LT comes equipped with everything found in the base LS, plus an eight-way power driver seat, an audio system upgrade with MP3 compatibility and alloy wheels. More options also become available at this level. The LS's 2.2 liter engine can be swapped for a 2.4 liter unit, which makes 175 horsepower and provides 165 pound-feet of torque.
The HHR 2LT gets a more aggressive-looking finish. Features include all of the amenities found on the lower LS and 1LT trims, plus chrome trim accents, fog lamps and a stiffer suspension system. The audio equipment has been upgraded to a seven-speaker Pioneer system and 17-inch wheels have also been added.
The 2LT is the only HHR to come standard with the larger engine: a 2.4 liter inline four, which generates 175 horsepower and 165 pound-feet of torque. At this trim level, ABS and traction control also become standard.
The LS is the entry point for the HHR lineup. It is powered by a 2.2 liter inline four, which generates 149 horsepower and 152 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission comes standard, and a four-speed automatic is optional. Standard equipment includes full power accessories, 16-inch wheels, air-conditioning,a cabin air filter, cruise control, keyless entry and a six-speaker CD stereo with an MP3 input.
This model is set apart from others by its unique exterior and interior design. On this HHR, the second and third row windows have been replaced with solid body color panels. The rear doors are still there, but the handles are gone, and drivers can only open them with the push of a button on the dash. Inside, the rear seats are absent, in favor of additional cargo space. As a result, owners get 57 cubic feet of cargo space plus an additional six cubic feet in underfloor plastic bins. The Panel truck comes with all the LT equipment, and is powered by the 2.2 liter engine.
This special trim will comes with the larger power plant: a 2.4 liter inline four, which generates 175 horsepower and 165 pound-feet of torque. This limited production HHR will feature all of the standard items found with the 2LT trim, plus several appearance enhancements. This HHR gets a special all-black finish, with black chrome trim for the wheels, door handles and grille. Only 4000 units will be available.