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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 821 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
    8.6/10

Well worth the purchase

By on Sunday, August 16, 2015

I don't own this car

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Dependable"

Cons: "Where the cup holders are"

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

"When my husband and I bought this car 3 years ago, right away I felt very safe. The car is great on gas milage, the heat and a/c are great, where we live the winters can be tough but this car melts the snow very quickly. We have had many compliments on it (seeing it's red). Overall it's a good car. Would definitely look into this car if your car shopping."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

car runs good

By on Monday, August 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 97,690

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"car runs good, has a little rust on back door driver's side, has a traction detector, and engine starter. has good traction with good tires, in need of tires right now, all mechanics work well. all original parts except for recalled items, they were replaced. I owe $5900 to the bank yet. I bought it in 2009."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Love this car!

By on Monday, July 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Carries lots of stuff!"

Cons: "discontinued :("

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

"Aside from the ignition recall and power steering recall, I have not spent any money for repairs on this car. I love the huge amount of cargo space and head room. It's been a great car and I wish I could buy a new one!"

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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 !!!!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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