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2011 Chevrolet HHR

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2011 Chevrolet HHR Review

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While some dismiss the 2011 Chevrolet HHR as little more than a PT Cruiser clone, in truth the two vehicles appeal to very different audiences. Where the PT once pulled 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. And, since Chrysler has now officially announced the death of the PT Cruiser, the HHR stands alone in the quasi-retro American panel truck field. 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 2011 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 2011

Two new paint colors are added to the HHR's exterior color choices, and a one-year paid subscription to XM Satellite Radio is added to the My Link package. The sporty SS trim has been dropped from the line.

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 2011 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. Those who prefer a bit more guts to their ride will probably be happier with the 2LT's 174-horsepower, 2.4-liter engine.

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.

2011 Chevrolet HHR Details
Interior

Avoiding the "total retro look", the 2011 Chevrolet HHR treats its occupants to a thoroughly modern interior. 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 possesses 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 or by using the remote key fob.

Exterior
2011 Chevrolet HHR photo

Featuring a retro design heavily inspired by Chevy's own 1949 Suburban, the HHR plays the stylized delivery wagon to the boxy urban scooter image of such cars as the Scion xB and Nissan Cube. 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-compatible CD sound system with auxiliary input jack and three-month subscription to XM Satellite Radio, power windows/locks/mirrors, remote keyless entry, cruise control, 16-inch wheel covers, trip computer, OnStar Safe and Sound package, 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.

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, power moonroof, 260-watt sound system with subwoofer, and 16- or 17-inch wheels. The My Link package adds Bluetooth wireless connectivity, OnStar with Directions and Connections, a USB port, leather-wrapped steering wheel with touch controls and a one year subscription to XM Satellite Radio and a MP3-compatible CD player.

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, the base 2.2-liter engine is far from 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 Kia.

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, manual), 16/23 (E85, manual), 22/30 (gasoline, automatic), 15/21 (E85, automatic)

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2011 Chevrolet HHR Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 766 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

general junk

By on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,400

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
3/10

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

"Brakes bad repair then 6 months later repair again. No power even for a 4. Think again before you buy one then don't."

very good vehicle, good on gas & great extra space

By on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,892

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Good price for reliable transportation"

Cons: "Don't like storage/glove box. cup holder position"

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

"Been very good. Easy to drive. Love extra cargo in back. View a little obstructed in front. Didn't like rims that came with package. Good on gas. Fold down seats scratch easily on hard plastic side, able to pull my small boat :)"

Love this car

By on Friday, July 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drive, easy to pack for a trip"

Cons: "there was an ignition recall, it has been replaced"

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

"My son had bought an HHR and I fell in love with his car. When I was able to buy a "new" car it was 2012. I wanted the HHR but 2011 was the last year they were made. I had to search for this car, I wanted the bright red model. I finally found one and I could afford to buy it. So I bought it and have been driving it for 2 years now and I am still in love with the car. I would buy a new one if I could. I know about 10 people with an HHR and they all love the car."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Fits our lifestyle and our bodies.

By on Wednesday, July 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfortable seats, fun and easy to drive."

Cons: "Poor cup holder design & "A pillars" too thick."

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

"Most, if not all of the monthly ONSTAR reports are available. There are two recalls that are currently waiting for parts. One is the ignition - and I have never had anything on the key-ring except a string and the ignition key. The other is an air-bag. No scratches or dents. It's been in a car-port when at home and not being driven."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

pretty good

By on Monday, June 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 117,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "good on gas, handles well, suitable for any age"

Cons: "cup holders akward, gets dirty easy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"got this car because I read it had a great safety rating, several people who have had accidents, walked away unscathed. I have two small children, and safety is very important to me. I had a bit of an accident myself in it, and it handled very nicely, wasn't damaged as much as I thought it would be, and I am my passengers were just a little shaken up, but otherwise fine. I still own the car and have made two long distance trips, one over 1600 miles... did very well, and well on gas mileage. If they still manufactured this car, I would likely buy another. My only quam, I have two carseats in the back and there is no room for anyone else back there, but its not an error on their part as I see it, I just might need a bigger vehicle, ha ha ha. Its a good car/truck... crossover or whatever they call it. My advice, don't get black (mine is) it like any other car, will only stay clean till you drive it. I guess you could get one with running boards, and some mud flaps and it would be better. Just a suggestion though."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

This car has been one of the best i have ever had.

By on Thursday, June 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fast, Stick, reliable, valuable, all around sweet"

Cons: "Not enough places to put phone in car"

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

"I Traded i my 2002 Grand Prix GTP for this car in 2008 and i couldn't have made a better decision. This car is extremely quick, fun to drive, and can still fit everything i need in the back. I have had absolutely no problems other then 1 abs sensor going bad (expected after 100K). Still running like a champ with a few minor upgrades. I have ultra high performance summer tires, the state 3 GM tuning, Upgraded turbocharger, K&N air intake, Dual tone magna-flow exhaust with true dual pipes, and a computer chip (all adding around 125-150Hp). This car is a family sedan that is literally prepared for the track right off the showroom floor."

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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