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2010 Chevrolet HHR

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2010 Chevrolet HHR Review

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While some dismiss the 2010 Chevrolet HHR as little more than a PT Cruiser clone, in truth the two vehicles appeal to very different audiences. Where the PT seems to pull in Baby Boomers and Gen X males, the HHR speaks to today's young drivers who like to customize their cars with extreme paint jobs and near-deafening sound systems. By itself, this slick piece of work serves as a practical wagon version of the Cobalt sedan disguised as a retro mini Suburban. There's even a cool Panel version with windowless side panels and side cargo doors. Though smaller than it appears in pictures, the HHR is nevertheless a versatile and fun-to-drive vehicle as equally suited to small families as it is to hip singles.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like your retro style backed with substance, the functional, comfortable and eager 2010 Chevrolet HHR will satisfy you beyond its intriguing looks.

You May Not Like This Car If...

While the HHR is indeed versatile, it's still based on a small-car platform. So, if you've got big stuff to haul – or just a lot of stuff – you might need a larger vehicle.

What's New for 2010

Three new paint colors are added to the HHR's exterior color choices as is a new rear view camera option (late introduction).

Driving the HHR

Driving Impressions One of the best things you can say about a vehicle is that it handles like a smaller car and rides like a bigger one. Such is the case with...

the 2010 Chevrolet HHR. With its raised seating position and truck-like attitude, you might not expect the HHR to handle like the small car it really is. It's just as surprising out on the highway, where it's smooth for its size and notably quiet. Even when outfitted with the base engine and four-speed automatic transmission, the HHR still feels adequately motivated, although throttle response is a bit slow and the electrically-assisted power steering feels vague and somewhat disconnected. Performance fans will love the 260-horsepower SS trim, which offers a much stiffer suspension, a short throw five-speed manual shifter, larger wheels and improved steering response.
Favorite Features

Remote Start
HHRs equipped with automatic transmissions include a remote start feature that lets you start heating or cooling the cabin before you even set foot outside your home.

Audio Input Jack
A front-mounted auxiliary input jack makes it easy to connect any MP3 player or other audio source to the HHR's sound system.

2010 Chevrolet HHR Details
Interior

Unlike the retro-on-retro PT Cruiser, the 2010 Chevrolet HHR features thoroughly modern interior styling. Tasteful chrome rings and accents combine with pleasing buttons and knobs in a contemporary interior that looks and feels like nothing from the automaker's past. While there's at least as much plastic as you'd expect, its artfully crafted style is much less objectionable than in many of the cars in its price range. The HHR also treats its occupants to notably comfortable seats. Versatility is definitely one of the car's strong suits, with features like a front passenger seat that folds down to accommodate longer items and a cargo floor that hides a shallow storage bin and also lifts to create a two-tier load area. Panel models feature rear cargo doors that do not have handles but open via a dash-mounted button.

Exterior
2010 Chevrolet HHR photo

Featuring a retro design heavily inspired by Chevy's own 1949 Suburban, the HHR plays the stylized delivery wagon to the PT Cruiser's boulevard prowler. This bodes well for the HHR, considering the proven appeal of the utilitarian Scion xB. Up front, a towering hood is fronted by a big chrome grille. Moving toward the rear, flared fenders, rounded corners and circular taillights work in concert to strengthen the HHR's link with the past. As was the case when the PT Cruiser was first introduced, from its pictures it's easy to imagine the HHR to be a much bigger vehicle.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The HHR LS wagon includes a 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine, five-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, AM/FM/MP3/CD sound system with auxiliary input jack and satellite radio, power windows/locks/mirrors, remote keyless entry, cruise control, 16-inch wheel covers, trip computer, OnStar front and side curtain airbags, traction control, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and StabiliTrak stability control. The 1LT trim adds an, eight-way power driver's seat with lumbar support, 16-inch alloy wheels and satin chrome exterior accents. The 2LT trim adds the 2.4-liter engine, FE3 Sport suspension, ChromeTech 17-inch wheels, 260-watt Pioneer sound system, fog lights and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The SS trim adds a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, unique front face with mesh grille, sport seats, A-pillar boost gauge, short throw shifter, a rear spoiler and 18-inch wheels.

Optional Equipment

Features that will take you beyond base sticker price include a more powerful 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, four-speed automatic transmission with standard remote start, leather seating, rear backup camera, USB-port, power moonroof, 260-watt sound system with subwoofer, in-dash six-disc changer, MP3 compatibility, Bluetooth and 16- or 17-inch wheels.

Under the Hood

While more aggressive drivers will be best served by either the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to the five-speed manual transmission, or the potent 2.0-liter turbo in the SS trims, none of the HHR's powertrain combinations feel the least bit anemic. Both the 2.2-liter and 2.4-liter engines are now E85 Flex Fuel compatible. They are also louder than one might expect, especially at full throttle. Vibration and harshness, however, are well in line with other small four-cylinder engines from Ford, Chrysler and Hyundai.

2.2-liter in-line 4
155 horsepower @ 6100 rpm
150 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/32 (manual), 22/30 (automatic), 16/23 (E85, manual), 16/22 (E85, automatic)

2.4-liter in-line 4
172 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
167 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/30 (gasoline), 16/22 (E85, manual), 15/21 (E85, automatic)

2.0-liter in-line 4 Turbocharged
260 horsepower @ 5300 rpm (manual)
260 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2000 rpm
250 horsepower @ 5500 rpm (automatic)
222 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1650 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/29 (manual), 19/29 (automatic)

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2010 Chevrolet HHR Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 746 Ratings for the 2006 - 2011 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.7/10

It was a very good start up car to have.

By on Thursday, April 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "good gas mileage, can go fast, very reliable"

Cons: "no cup holders, not flashy, has blind spots"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"I bought this car for my first two years of college. It gets very good gas mileage and it is a very reliable car. It is not the cutest car on the road, but it has gotten me in a few speeding tickets so it will get up and go."

It was a very good start up car to have.

By on Thursday, April 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "good gas mileage, can go fast, very reliable"

Cons: "no cup holders, not flashy, has blind spots"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"I bought this car for my first two years of college. It gets very good gas mileage and it is a very reliable car. It is not the cutest car on the road, but it has gotten me in a few speeding tickets so it will get up and go."

I have had no major problems with this Chevy HHR.

By on Monday, March 31, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 97,020

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "never had any major problems, fun to drive,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"THIS CHEVY HHR is very unique, They call it an 2006 car. My HHR is titled and vain as an 2005 truck. The only one to be regesterd as such. And is the test model for replica of 1955 panel van. It has great gas mileage 495 miles on one tank of gas. That is highway miles. About 380 in the city. I fill up every 8-11 weeks maybe. Has a very smooth ride, very clean, only one driver. Just hit 97,000 miles. This is a rare one of a kind Chevy HHR. It is NOT 2006!! It is a rare 2005 HHR Truck"

Really good car lots of space for cargo

By on Sunday, March 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Lots of space , gas milage"

Cons: "Handling occasionally weird difficult heavy wind."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I really enjoy this vehicle because it gets good gas milage and has enough room with the seats down to haul a lot of stuff"

this is a good car

By on Saturday, March 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 214,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "gas saver"

Cons: "i have no cons"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"i had 1500 worth of work done on it plus new speakers the heatermotor went out it has been just sitting for about 8 months was going to give to my son going to college but i dont think he wants it. Great on gas most of the miles are highway miles."

Best Chevrolet Car I ever owned & the gas OMG

By on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Gas Mileage. Fun to Drive. Acts like its a TURBO"

Cons: "There is NOTHING I can say Bad."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

She is a Fantastic Car. She's all Attitude!!

"This has every option you can ask for in the year it was made before they started adding TV's and in dash navigation systems. From Salem to Boise Idaho and going over Cabbage Hill between Penleton,OR and LaGrand,OR;it took us ONE TANK OF GAS!!!!! She handles really nice on corners and you can all most turn her on a dime. The heated seats are a "YEAH MUST HAVE" with leather seats. Love the Lumbar control.The Radio, CD controls,cruise control, and System Check controls are all on the Steering wheel. Love the day/night rear view mirror; you don't need to adjust for night time lights. She's PERFECT!!! Lot's of cargo space!!!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

She is a Fantastic Car. She's all Attitude!!

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