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05/18/2009

Maximize Fuel Economy With the 2009 Chevy HHR

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2009-chevrolet-hhr-08124511990004 When Chevy rolled out its HHR four years ago, it seemed aimed at a nostalgia-minded crowd. Even the HHR designation, derived from "High Heritage Roof" recalling the original 1949 Chevy Suburban, begged for a trip back in time. Maybe it was imagining the crackling static of a radio filling hot summer nights with word pictures fanned by imagination when TV was still in its infancy.

The 2009 Chevrolet HHR takes a 180-degree turn away from memory lane. Now it's becoming a staple of parent General Motors' contemporary efforts to squeeze out every ounce of fuel efficiency from a vehicle that can double as a cargo hauler, spacious ride for five with a lot of pizzazz thrown in. HHR's new sport-tuned high-performance SS version underscores its serious fun status. To balance that off, the new flexible fuel version shows it still has a conscience in the process.

A year ago, flexible fuel vehicles capable of burning E85 — an 85 percent ethanol/15 percent gasoline mix — were just gaining attention. HHR, gasoline only at the time, still had one of the lighter "carbon footprints" among sporty, utility vehicles earning an impressive 22/30 miles per gallon for the front-drive version. That improved to 22/32 for 2009 with regular gasoline. Now using E85, it delivers less power, resulting in a fuel economy of 16/23.

Click here to read more about the 2009 Chevy HHR.

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It's the perfect car fro me to own. The specs tell me it has a great driving experience. This may be an old model, but I kinda like it.

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