2011 Chevrolet HHR Price, Review & Picture

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2011 Chevrolet HHR Price, Review & PictureNew Car Reviews, There are no major changes to the HHR for the 2011 model year. Minor changes are two new colors, Mocha Steel Metallic and Black Granite Metallic, and now the HHR’s MY LINK package includes a free year of XM Satellite radio. MY LINK combines the radio/CD player/MP3 playback and USB port with Bluetooth phone connectivity and OnStar Directions and Connections service plan. MY LINK includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls and a leather-wrapped shift knob.

The Heritage High Roof or HHR is Chevrolet’s answer to the Chrysler PT Cruiser. The Heritage High Roof fuses American consumer desire for retro-styled vehicles, a desire stemming from the early 2000s, with consumer desire for anything sport/utility. This vehicle is versatile; it is a truck with foldable rear-seats and 57.7 ft.³ of cargo space. Debuting in 2006, it’s the only GM truck with front-wheel-drive and a unibody compact truck platform. Chrysler has extended the production of the PT Cruiser. Since the HRR sold 70,000 units in the year 2009, this vehicle will be continued by its manufacturer as well.

The HRR outsold the Chrysler PT Cruiser in 2007, and continues to prove a leader in sales, particularly for a niche vehicle in market on the decline. The question remains, what will the carmaker do to provide a successor or upgrade to a retro-style vehicle. At one time, the carmaker plan to displace the HRR with the Chevrolet Orlando, a multipurpose smaller vehicle, at the end of 2011. Now the Orlando will sell in Canada and other vehicle markets.

No exterior styling changes for ’11. The “heritage” in HHR refers to styling cues lifted from late ‘40s Chevy Suburbans. The HHR panel van, with no rear-door exterior handles or windows, has serious competition from Ford’s Transit Connect. The two-seat panel van features an unfinished cargo space for small businesses and two interior switches for the rear doors. The five-seater’s front passenger seat folds flat, and there are lots of extra cubbies and features.

The HHR handles better than a conventional crossover/utility, not as good as a compact car. Ride is a bit harsh and unrefined, but there’s less body roll compared with the PT Cruiser. The 2.2-liter engine is rated 155 horsepower and the 2.4 makes 172 horsepower (both on unleaded regular). There’s no fuel-economy advantage to the 2.2 — it’s a price-point engine option.

HHR received the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s top, five-star crash ratings for driver and front-seat passenger in a frontal crash and side-impact crash for front and rear passengers. It has a four-star rollover rating.

Bodystyles: Crossover SUV
Engines: 2.2L I-4, 2.4L I-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic
Models: LS, 1LT, 2LT

EPA Fuel Economy
LS, 1LT, Panel LS, Panel 1LT (2.2L): 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway (manual); 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway
LS, 1LT, Panel LS, Panel 1LT, 2LT, Panel 2LT (2.4L): 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway (manual); 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway

Price : $18,720 – $19,720

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