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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 818 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

I love my HHR

By on Monday, July 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

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: "Nice ride, lots of room to carry big stuff"

Cons: "road noise...door locks don't lock"

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

"I love everything about my HHR 2008....except it does have a bit of road noise. The only other minor annoyance is the door locks don't lock upon starting the engine like they should. Gets great fuel economy...I have the 4 cyl. Drives itself. Comfortable seats with arm rests."

drives like sports car very zippy handles well !!!

By on Sunday, July 19, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: wanted newer

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "looks , cargo space, power and mpg, reliable !"

Cons: "wish onstar was cheaper for directions and callin"

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

"love the looks and versatility,plenty of cargo space for its size. was a 10 for reliability. Only had to bring to dealer once for recall on ignition switch even though I never had a problem with it. The heated leather seats were great on cold mornings and love the two way sunroof when its warm out ! Best car I've owned out of 16 previous autos because of zero problems, plenty of power and very good mpg !!!!"

Pleasant Surprise

By on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 67,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fuel economy, large interior volume, subtle ride"

Cons: "Poor interior layout, could use a V-6"

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

"I had not owned a GM product since 1985. I swore to not buy from this maker as the quality of their mid 80's cars could be rated as junk. I have owned this car since 2013 and have been happy with the car's overall qualities. Fit and finish on the exterior is good. The interior looks and feels cheap, nothing but hard plastic everywhere. This is a very utilitarian vehicle so one has to keep that in mind. Seating is wonderful, I used to drive in as near to horizontal as possible. Well these seats are upright but comfortable. Rear seats are comfortable with good leg room and seat cushion firm but not hard. The engine runs well, but remember it is a 4 banger so you get some powertrain growl. The car could have used a six speed automatic. I think it would give better performance and fuel economy. Fuel economy on this car is quite good about 23 around town and 28 to 30 on the highway. These are my actual experience. I am a woodworker and this car will not swallow a 4x8 sheet of plywood, but if it is under 32 inches wide there is no problem. An 8 foot ladder fits easily. I usually have sheet goods rough precut at the lumber yard. Overall this is a modest car with good appearance, reasonable handling, subtle ride character, decent fuel economy, incredible interior space, truly a utility vehicle."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Very good car. Low mileage, new tires, very clean

By on Monday, July 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 86,200

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
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great price, has great pioneer stereo system, low"

Cons: "not enough cup holders not enough trunk space"

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

"Bought this car in 2012 from a dealer. Had around 43,000 miles on it, was a one owner at time of purchase. Have kept oil changes and all that done in a timely matter. Just put new tires, rotaries and brakes on it in March 2015. Is my personal car. I am a 57 year old female. Very dependable car. Have had no mechanical problems with it."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Great Car

By on Monday, June 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I love this car. For how small it looks its very Spacious. My 6'11" Fiance can even ride it in comfortably. We packed up and went to Florida for a week with an infant and had plenty of room. It does very well in the snow. It's just an overall great car."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Love it - very economical

By on Friday, June 05, 2015

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

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun and economical"

Cons: "low to ground and I am short"

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

"Love the 5 speed - love the electronics - love the gas mileage - definitely not a luxury car, but comfy enough and has everything I need."

9 people out of 20 found this review helpful

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