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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.

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 779 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
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Extremely reliable, useful, and economical

By on Sunday, September 21, 2014

I don't own this car

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great value and fun to drive."

Cons: "No seat heaters with cloth seats."

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

"In eight years and 140,000 the vehicle has been there all the time every time for what ever was needed. Hauling stuff, people, commuting, or long trips. The HHR did it all and did it well with very good economy (unbelievable, actually). And it is fun to drive."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Best car I have owned; hauls lots, plus me and my

By on Thursday, September 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

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: "good price, good to drive, dependable."

Cons: "Blind spots, just have to turn head to pass."

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

"I have had this car for 8 years, and have about $150,000 on it. I just replaced the original clutch and fly wheel. Every oil change and tire rotation has been done... did the front and rear brakes, and the struts over time. With front wheel drive, the car has done well in snow. The heated seats make a difference in winter. The car has been a dependable car. It does have blind spots so I have to turn my head to over take and pass.... but that makes my driving even safer. I think this car has lots more good driving in it. Most of my driving has been highway."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Very cool wagon for guys who are active

By on Sunday, August 31, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 113,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "price is good,and the mpg is great."

Cons: "not big enough as it is a retro grave digger type"

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

"Great fuel millage like 28mpg,surf board on the roof of this car adds so much more to the type of retro look.This model listed for more than a regular model,and seems to be kinda rare."

I've had @ least 30 primary cars, best for $$ here

By on Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,671

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: "The 2.4 is only way 2 go. LT2 package."

Cons: "Having to park far away to avoid dings"

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

"This car has awesome pickup, I won't hesitate passing somebody on a 2 lane rd. Load capacity is unbelievable, when the seats are down. Couldn't believe how nice it handles and the smooth ride. I heard that some parts are off an S-10, that's hard to believe. I get comments on it everywhere I go, now I have the fever to find a well kept bright orange SS model."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great Work Car!

By on Monday, August 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Economical to buy and keep"

Cons: "Pickup can be sluggish at times"

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

"Although there are two current recalls out on this model, it hasn't given me a lick of trouble in over 4 years and 59,000 miles. Only maintenance has been new tires, front brakes, and oil changes. Great for hauling with the hatchback and fold-down seats. Good gas mileage (over 25 mpg combined city/highway)."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Love this car.Cant believe has been discontinued

By on Monday, August 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "so reliable. has character. only make it black."

Cons: "no directional magnet. good mileage... I think"

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

"Oil, tires and windshield wipers. No other mechanical issues in 82000 miles. Reminds me of a gangster car robbing banks in 1930 movie. Love it. The car has character. Both in terms of styling and performance. I have driven American luxury cars most of my adult life.Forced to economize and thought it might be embarrassing. Take pride in this car. Have treated it well...better than my latest Cadillac. Don't like it when confused with Chrysler Cruiser... so much nicer. great storage. feels safe and sturdy."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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