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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 814 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

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."

1 person out of 1 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."

7 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Really Pleased

By on Friday, May 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 76,000

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
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "comfortable, good mpg, love the remote start"

Cons: "simple maintanence challenging, cup holder too low"

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

"I purchased a 07 HHR used about 4 years ago. I was a little skeptical at first due to the poor quality reviews posted on line. However, I have been really pleased with it being trouble free. I average 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The seats a comfortable both front & back. I've had it packed from floor to ceiling halling kids to college. My only complaint is that it isn't the easiest car to work on. Changing a headlight challenges your flexibility and changing the air filter makes you long for the days when the filter sat in a pan on top of the carb and all you had to do was spin the wing nut and take the lid off. Great little car! Very happy with it."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

great family car. I have 2- 6'3 sons & they fit.

By on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great gas mileage. plenty of room inside."

Cons: "none"

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

"For a small engine this car has a lot of power. Flex fuel option would be nice but none of the stations offer it. Only one recall for the ignition. Overall very happy with this car."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Solid, reliable, useful, and unique vehicle.

By on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

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
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliable, unique, fun to drive."

Cons: "Drives like a small wagon."

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

"My wife and I both owned 2006 HHRs that we purchased new. Both are still in the family. My daughter owns by sunburst orange LT2 (leather, chrome 18" wheels, running boards, 5 speed.) and my son is about to get my wife's purple LT1 5-speed. Hers has the multiple disc changer and premium audio. Both cars run well after eight years and 140k plus. They remind me of my 69 Beetle and 84 Cavalier. Reliable and trouble free as the day is long. Turn them on, drive them, and forget it. HHR is very useful and comfortable to drive as well. Fun and unique. Economical as well, at over 30 mpg for my wife and 25 mpg for me."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Love it.

By on Sunday, May 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,000

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
10/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Fun and easy to drive/park"

Cons: "Rough ride in town, smooth on highway"

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

"We bought new in 2007 and are getting ready to trade it for a Captiva Sport. Wife loves it because it is small and easy to drive and park. Don't know why Chevy quit building them. The get a good product then discontinue it. Also owned the Caprice's best full size ever. LT 350, 130 mph and 26 mpg. Anyway, car only has 54000 which is extremely low miles for the age. 6750 per year. I would have bought a newer used one but hard to find."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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