2009 Chevrolet HHR


#13 out of 15 in 2009 Wagons

2009 Chevrolet HHR Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2009 Chevrolet HHR was new.


Interior: 7.7

The HHR's interior gets a high score for its versatility and roominess. Reviewers are especially impressed with how flexible the interior space is, making the HHR a good choice for moving people or cargo. However, the HHR's interior quality gets mixed reviews.

  • "[The HHR's cabin is] a puzzle box of reconfigurable space." -- Automobile Magazine,
  • "Swallows my entire family with ease, something a Cadillac STS couldn't do yesterday." -- Edmunds
  • "[Unpadded plastic] dominates dashboard and door panels, but nothing looks cheap." -- Consumer Guide


The HHR seats up to five, with two in the front and three in the rear. Both the front passenger seat and 60/40-split rear seat fold to create a flat-load floor. All models come standard with cloth seats, though leather is optional on the LT trims. There's both praise and criticism for the front seats, while reviewers say the rear seat is comfortable, but a bit cramped.

  •  "The cloth seats are merely passable, but the leather chairs have extra contouring and cushioning which makes them much more comfortable." -- Edmunds
  • "The broad front bucket seats provide nice support." -- MSN
  • "The high, firm, nicely padded rear seat is really good for two, better than the seats in most bigger Chevrolets." -- Car and Driver
  • "[The] narrow cabin precludes three-abreast adult seating." -- Consumer Guide
  • "We actually carried six 10-year-old boys on a soccer team for 60 miles in the HHR, and they were all happy, even the two who squeezed into the way-back. Adults wouldn't be as happy in the HHR's back seats." -- New Car Test Drive

Interior Features

The base LC trim includes air conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, cruise control, an AM/FM/CD player, full power accessories and with remote keyless entry. There are some troublesome quirks in the cockpit, most notably the positioning of the power window controls. Review after review points out the switches' placement on the dashboard -- rather than on the driver's door -- makes them difficult to find and operate.

  • "[Even the base LS trim] has a fair amount of standard equipment for the money." -- MSN
  • "Even operating the driver's window, at toll booths for example, requires leaning forward and reaching down." -- New Car Test Drive


The HHR's versatile cargo space is one of its greatest strengths. With the rear seat folded, the HHR boasts 57.7 cubic feet of cargo space and the front-seat-only Panel model features 62.7 cubic feet. Though there is plenty of cargo room, reviewers complain about a lack of smaller storage areas.

  • "One advantage Chevrolet's HHR has over its peers is a deeper cargo bay. The family's double stroller slid right in behind the rear seats with no wrestling." -- Edmunds
  • "The door handles are big, the door openings are wide, the headroom is vast, the seats are broad, and the step-in height is low. All this makes it easy to arrive and depart from every errand on your Saturday-morning list." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "There isn't much interior storage room for small items, with such things as slim door pockets and a small glove box mostly taken up by the owner's manual." -- MSN
  • "There's no significant storage in any console between the seats; two cupholders and one slot is all." -- New Car Test Drive

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