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2008 Chevrolet HHR Trims

LS

Avg. Price: $9,012

This entry level HHR includes full power accessories, 16-inch wheels, air-conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry, a six-speaker CD audio system, an MP3 auxiliary jack, and a flat-folding front passenger seat. A panel truck version is also available with this trim.

The LS is powered by a 2.2 liter four cylinder engine, which provides 149 horsepower and 152 pound-feet of torque. Buyers may choose between a five-speed manual or an optional four-speed automatic transmission.

LT1

Avg. Price: $10,100

The 1LT trim includes all LS standard features, like full power accessories, 16-inch wheels, air-conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry, a six-speaker CD audio system, an MP3 auxiliary jack, and a flat-folding front passenger seat, along with several upgrades. Additional 1LT items include an eight-way power seat for the driver, alloy wheels, and an more powerful, MP3-compatible audio system.

This LT comes standard with Chevy's 2.2 liter four-cylinder engine, which produces 149 horsepower and 152 pound-feet of torque. A 2.4 liter version is optional here, bumping horsepower to 175. Both engine may be teamed with either a five-speed manual or an optional four-speed automatic transmission. ABS is optional with this trim, but the system includes traction control if the automatic transmission is selected.

LT2

Avg. Price: $10,398

The HHR finished with the 2LT trim includes several additional standard features and a more potent power plant. Under the hood is a 2.4 liter version of the four-cylinder engine, which makes 175 horsepower and 165 pound-feet of torque. ABS and traction control are also included.

Inside, this 2LT is equipped with all of the 1LT items, like an eight-way power seat for the driver, plus 17-inch alloy wheels, a seven-speaker Pioneer sound system, fog lamps, and chrome exterior trims. Options at this level include an in-dash CD changer, heated seats, leather upholstery, OnStar, and a sunroof.

Panel LS

Avg. Price: $8,976

Probably the coolest looking cargo van on the road, the retro 2008 Chevrolet HHR Panel LS holds up to 63 cubic feet of cargo and seats two in front-row bucket seats. For longer objects and additional space, the front passenger seat folds flat, and roof rails can be added. The van is powered by a 2.2-liter, 149-hp, 16-valve DOHC inline four that puts out 152 ft-lbs of torque at 4,200 RPM. It comes with a choice of 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. Fuel economy averages 20/30 mpg. The front-wheel drive van rides on a Macpherson strut front and torsion beam rear suspension.

The van's solid look is reflected in its five-star safety record (four stars in rollover tests). Standard features include dual front airbags, front disc and rear drum brakes, a front and rear stabilizer bar, and 16-inch wheels with all-season tires. Automatic headlights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, daytime running lights, and a tire monitor provide added security. OnStar is also part of the standard equipment. Options add side curtain airbags and 4-wheel ABS brakes.

Although ostensibly built for cargo use, the 2008 HHR Panel LS comes nicely equipped with power windows, locks, and mirrors, remote entry, a trip computer, wheel-mounted cruise control, hands-free phone controls, and a CD player with an MP3 input jack. Intermittent front wipers and a rear window wiper, tilt and power steering, a compass, and a tachometer round out the package. The cargo area comes with tie-downs and both a 12-volt and 110-volt power outlet. Plenty of upgrades are available for this van, including a 6-way power driver's seat, remote start, a 6-CD changer, and satellite radio.

Panel LT

Avg. Price: $10,343

SS

Avg. Price: $12,900