As some of you guys know I am an avid gearhead. I recently purchased a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt XFE Sedan as an A-B credit establishing car. Now I am researching some vehicles for when I sell this car after one year of ownership so that I have enough credit to get what I want. I plan on purchasing a used performance trim level car, but can't make up my mind between the Chevrolet HHR SS 5spd or the Dodge Caliber SRT-4 6spd... It is kind of a toss up between the two... One of the comparisons that I do for any vehicle is check to see how well they hold up in the unlikely event of a crash, I liked what I saw from both, however I preferred the crash test for the caliber more than the HHR, but they do get excellent crash test ratings... The CSRT-4 has more horsepower and torque (284hp/264tq), and is mated to a six speed gearbox, whereas the HHR SS has less horsepower and torque with an LSD (260hp/260tq) however it is only mated to a five-speed gearbox. I like the looks of the HHR SS better than the CSRT-4, however the CSRT-4 has a much more aggressive stance. It is kind of a toss up between the two... and it would be easier to test drive the CSRT-4 to get a feel for the power, however there are none close to me for sale... So as far as test drives go, I like the HHR SS in terms of power usage... but like I said it all comes down to a test-drive... I will have it figured out by april... I hope... But just looking for feedback mainly.
Thanks in advance (Note: I didn't find any subforums for transportation, so figured off topic would be my best bet... feel free to move if needed.)