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.
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.
A new turbocharged SS model is added to the lineup and is available in both regular and panel
van versions. The 2.2-liter engine receives variable valve timing and bump up in horsepower, while both the 2.2-liter and 2.4-liter engines are made E85 Flex-Fuel compatible. New available features include a rear backup camera and Bluetooth cell phone connectivity.
The LT trim now offers StabiliTrak stability control, while Chevrolet makes OnStar standard equipment on all 2008 HHR models. A new, five-passenger HHR model is available with solid rear quarter panels in place of the usual glass.
"I had a 2007 HHR loved it so much that I wanted the newer model. My '07 with 69,000 miles, was the LS version and I stepped up to the LT. I have only had the 2010 for a week. The redesigned interior is a wonderful change. The redesign was perfect... they moved the window switches to the drivers door instead of infront of the gear shift and allowed for a cup holder of sorts infront of the gear shift not just inbetween the seats.
The antilock brakes, side curtain airbags and On Star convinced me to get the '10.
I had always loved the way the '07 rode, drove and OH MY the mpg were excellent. Even though I am still in the break in period of the '10 I am getting 28 mpg city.
I have recommended this car to a friend and they purchased an '08 and LOVE it as well. This little car, that doesn't feel little, seems to be the perfect fit for many different people.
I will continue to recommend the HHR to anyone!! It's a great car!"
Cons: "AC causes a slower acceleration than I prefer"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have not owned a chevy since 1982. I had a real lemon and swore never again a Chevy. I was very hesitant to buy my HHR. I am glad I broke my pledge, the HHR has been trouble free for 5 years of happy driving.I have had no repairs other than wear items ( brakes tires battery) There are of course some things that could be designed better but cars are a compromise. They have to sell it at a price that people will pay and the manufacturer makes money. I would go buy another but it seems it is not made anymore. I wish it was. I probably will keep it going till it becomes cost prohibitive or I find a similar car."
"I bought the third HHR available at the local dealership when they first came out. I love my HHR, and would say it's the best car I've ever had. It's roomy enough to cart my daughter and her friend around plus their gear for various activities, luggage for road trips or out of state vacations, and the space behind the back seat is perfect for taking my dog to the vet without needed a kennel. The gas mileage is fabulous too - excellent long-haul highway mileage plus very good suburban mileage as well. Plus, it has a lot of get-up-and-go. :)
My main issue has been the electrical system. Nothing critical, but ongoing minor problems. My horn has shorted out three times, the radio shorted out the same time and the first of the horn shorts, and even though the dealership has been exceptionally professional and quick to rectify these issues, I continue to have periodic problems with it. The electrical switch for the driver's side lumbar support shorted/broke within the first few months I had it and even after having it checked out and repaired twice, it's still not working. I also periodically have the audible turn signal fail, though the light itself works fine and always has.
Otherwise, I love this car. Yes, I have problems with the placement of the window controls as do most others, but I can honestly say that despite all the issues, I love it. I wouldn't have kept it this long if it didn't. It's peppy, unique, and a fabulous small family vehicle, which meets my needs perfectly.
I'd definitely recommend it to my friends, and as a buyer who always goes American-made, I'd say it's an excellent value if you plan to keep it for a long time (the re-sale value isn't that great)."