Chevrolet's HHR debuted in 2006 to much enthusiasm among entry-level car buyers, selling over 100,000 units in its first year. The attention-grabbing style continues in 2010, featuring a big chrome grille and a long, smoothly curved hood reminiscent of Chevy's 1949 Suburban. The rear tailgate is framed by two small, round taillights, making the HHR one of the most unique looking vehicle in Chevrolet's lineup.
The HHR's front wheel drive platform is borrowed from the Chevy Cobalt, yet is aimed at those looking for more style and greater cargo room than the Cobalt provides. HHRs come in either 4-door models or 2-door "Panel" models.
As in 2009, the 2010 HHR comes in three trims: the LS (base), the LT and the sporty SS. The Panel versions of the HHR come in either the LS or the LT trim. The LT base trim is also known as 1LT, while a 2LT accessory package is available, which features a premium sound system, fog lamps, steering wheel controls, chrome wheels and other accents.
The base LS and the 1LT come with a 2.2L inline 4-cylinder engine with 155 horsepower at 6100 rpm and 150 pounds-feet of torque at 4800 rpm. The 2LT comes with a 2.4L inline-4 engine, which puts out 172 horsepower at 5800 rpm and 167 pounds-feet of torque at 4500 rpm. The top-of-the-line sporty SS trim has a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection, 260 horsepower at 5300 rpm and 260 pounds-feet of torque at 2000 rpm. All models are front wheel drive and come with four doors, except for the Panel trims, which come with just two doors. The standard 5-speed manual transmission can be upgraded to a 4-speed automatic on all trims.
The base LS comes with standard 16-inch wheels and many common standard features, such as cruise control, air conditioning, power doors and windows. Floor mats, luggage rack, MP3 player and remote engine start are some of the options available on the base LS.
The 1LT trim adds a power driver's seat and cargo net as standard. Available options for the 1LT include steering wheel controls, a leather wrapped steering wheel, leather seats, heated front seats and power lumbar support.
The 2LT package, which adds about $1,700 to the price, adds a sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, premium sound system, fog lamps, steering wheel controls, wireless cell phone hookup and chrome 17-inch wheels.
The sporty SS comes standard with all the 2LT features plus a rear spoiler, 18-inch forged alloy wheels and unique upholstery. The performance-oriented SS gets its power from the same 260 horsepower 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that propels the Solstice GXP and Sky Redline. In addition, the HHR SS comes with 4-wheel disc brakes, a stiffer suspension and fog lights. Inside, high-bolster seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel keep up with the performance theme.
Standard safety features on all HHRs include StabiliTrak stability control, 4-wheel ABS, a full array of airbags front and back and a tire pressure monitoring system.
For those looking to haul more goods than people, the HHR can be ordered in a Panel configuration, which deletes the rear doors, rear windows, and rear seat, allowing users to stuff 57.7 cubic feet of cargo into the vehicle.
Upgraded wheels, audio systems and a variety of comfort and luxury features are available across the model range, allowing buyers to choose their level of customization. Running boards are standard on the 2LT, optional on 1LT and LS. A sliding sunroof/moonroof is standard on the SS and optional on on LTs.
Engine, ECOTEC 2.2L Variable Valve Timing DOHC 4-cylinder SFI (E85) includes (E85) FlexFuel (gas ethanol) capability, uses gasoline or E85 fuel (155 hp [115.6 kW] @ 6100 rpm, 150 lb-ft of torque [202.5 N-m] @ 4800 rpm)
Transmission, 5-speed manual
Front wheel drive
Battery rundown protection
Steering, electric power, speed-sensitive
Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, front disc/rear drum
Wheels, 16" (40.6 cm) steel with full bolt-on wheel covers
Tires, P215/55R16, all-season, blackwall
Tire sealant and inflator kit in place of spare tire
Glass, deep-tint second row doors, quarter windows and rear
Mirrors, outside power-adjustable, Black
Wipers, front intermittent, speed-sensitive
Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback, seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, Radio Data System (RDS), automatic volume, TheftLock, auxiliary input jack and 36 cross-band presets
Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
XM Radio is standard on more than 50 2010 GM models, including three trial months of service. XM turns your world on with commercial-free music channels for virtually every music genre, all in amazing digital quality sound. Turn on your favorite sports, the biggest names in News, Talk and Comedy, family programming, exclusive concerts and original music series, wherever you go from coast to coast. Everything worth listening to is now on XM (XM service available only in the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia. XM Radio subscription required and sold separately after trial period. Fees, taxes, and a one-time re-activation fee, may apply. Subscriptions governed by XM Customer Agreement available at xmradio.com. All fees and programming subject to change. Family programming Packages are available.)
Seats, front bucket includes 60/40 split-folding rear seat
Seat adjuster, driver 6-way manual (fore/aft, height and recline) and 4-way manual front passenger (fore/aft and recline)
Cloth seat trim
Seat, front passenger flat-folding seatback
Console, floor with rear and 3 front cup holders
Steering wheel, urethane with mounted Driver Information Center and cruise controls
Steering column, tilt
Instrumentation with speedometer, fuel gauge, tachometer and Driver Information Center with outside temperature, warning messages and programmable menu features
Windows, power, include driver Express-Down
Door locks, power
Remote Keyless Entry
Theft-deterrent system, vehicle, PASS-Key III+
Air conditioning, with air filtration
Defogger, rear-window electric
Power outlets, 2 auxiliary, 1 front and 1 rear
Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night (Includes OnStar buttons with (UE1) OnStar. OnStar buttons deleted when (UE0) OnStar delete is ordered.)
Map pocket, driver seatback
Traction control, all-speed, full function
StabiliTrak, electronic stability control system
Daytime Running Lamps
Air bags, dual-stage, frontal, driver and front passenger with infant only suppression (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your childs age and size, even in vehicles equipped with air bags. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. See the vehicles Owners Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
Air bags, head curtain side-impact, front and rear outboard seating positions (Head curtain side air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front and rear seat occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your childs age and size, even in vehicles equipped with air bags. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. See the vehicle's Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
Door locks, rear child security
LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats