2011 Chevrolet HHR

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Chevrolet HHR. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Ride quality and handling
  • Optional iPod/USB connectivity
  • Brake pedal feel
  • Cargo room

The Bad

  • Wide windshield pillars limit visibility
  • Marginal backseat comfort
  • No telescoping steering wheel
  • Some panel-fit issues in cabin

Notable Features of the 2011 Chevrolet HHR

  • Available backup camera
  • Unique appearance
  • Standard fold-flat passenger seat
  • Choice of four-cylinder engines
  • Standard stability system

2011 Chevrolet HHR Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
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.

Exterior
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


Interior
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 percen...
Vehicle Overview
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.

(Skip to details on the: HHR Panel)


New for 2011
There are no significant changes for 2011.

Exterior
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


Interior
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


Safety
Standard safety features include:
  • Antilock brakes
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Electronic stability system
  • Traction control
  • Optional backup camera


HHR Panel
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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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(2.0)

Overheating like crazy

by SingleMom from Charleston on August 6, 2018

This car had plenty of leg room and the seats in the back easily fold down to allow me to help my adult son move things back and forth to college...I was super excited about this car until it started ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great on gas

by Gerard62 from escondido on June 24, 2018

Great on gas mileage,small easy to drive and maneuver ,comfortable ride and a lot of storage room.A little loud for a small car but handles good. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Chevrolet HHR currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Chevrolet HHR has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Chevrolet
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)

  • Powertrain warranty

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The HHR received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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