The HHR small wagon is also available as a Panel wagon. The HHR flaunts a tall stance, like Chrysler's PT Cruiser. In addition to the PT Cruiser, competitors include hatchbacks like the Dodge Caliber and Scion xB.
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New for 2011
There are no significant changes for 2011.
GM might not appreciate comparisons between the Chevrolet HHR and the retro-styled PT Cruiser, but the HHR is unabashedly designed to resemble a vehicle from the past, just as the Cruiser is. In Chevrolet's case, that vehicle is the 1949 Suburban, which ranks as one of the first utility vehicles. Exterior features include:
- High roof design
- Flared fenders that tuck in at the rocker panels
- Standard 16-inch wheels on base trims (17- or 18-inch wheels standard on higher trims)
- Two new metallic paint colors: Mocha Steel and Black Granite
Up to five occupants fit inside the HHR. The front passenger seat folds completely flat, and the rear seats are split 60/40 and fold to extend the cargo area. Interior features include:
- Standard air conditioning
- Standard CD stereo and keyless entry
- Optional moonroof
- Optional heated leather front seats
Under the Hood
Two engines are offered in the HHR. The base 2.2-liter four-cylinder produces 155 horsepower and 150 pounds-feet of torque. The optional 2.4-liter four-cylinder generates 172 hp and 167 pounds-feet of torque. Both are flex-fuel engines capable of running on gasoline or a blend of up to 85 percent ethanol, which slightly boosts horsepower for both engines. Mechanical features include:
- Front-wheel drive
- Five-speed manual transmission standard
- Four-speed automatic transmission optional
- 1,000-pound towing capacity
Standard safety features include:
The HHR panel version is aimed at commercial uses. The rear seats are deleted for maximum storage capability, and the rear side windows are covered with body-colored steel inserts. The Panel has two front seats, and rear cargo doors replace the conventional rear side doors. The rear cargo doors have no exterior handles and open by a dashboard release button or the key fob. The HHR Panel can have the same engine and transmission choices as the regular HHR. Back to top
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