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Chevrolet HHR Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 260 hp @ 5300 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 21/29 mpg
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2010 Chevrolet HHR

  • The 2010 Chevrolet HHR is a good choice for buyers looking for a compact wagon that's practical and distinctively styled. In SS trim, it's even sporty to drive.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Cushy ride, capable cargo hauler, distinctive styling, SS model's gutsy powertrain and sporty suspension.

  • Cons

    Underwhelming handling and braking in non-SS models, some interior materials look and feel cheap.

  • What's New for 2010

    Not much is new for the 2010 Chevy HHR this year other than an optional rearview camera (late availability). Also, the HHR Panel is no longer available in SS trim.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (6 total reviews)

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Chevy building good cars again.

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Vehicle: 2010 Chevrolet HHR SS 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

A solid, tight car/truckette. Handling better than my MiniCooper S except for turning radius but then that should be obvious. My fuel mileage hovers around 28/29 mpg while my little truckette is faster than most V-8s I owned nothing but Chevy's until I was 35 years old. Then strayed for 20 years. Back again with this great little truck. Love retro and this vehicle is true to that while being very reliable.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Cool car/truck

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Vehicle: 2010 Chevrolet HHR SS 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

I just purchased a 2010 left over automatic SS/HHR. List price $27,975. Bought the truck for $20,260. The dealer had the SS left over in his inventory from 2010 and wanted to get rid of the truck. I only have 3000 miles on the SS, but so far it is a kick to drive. I added the stage 1 turbo booster kit which is a $690 dealer installed option. The booster kit kicks up the performance to 290 hp, 330 pounds of torque. This little guy screams and will keep up with my G-35 infinity. The ride is great, and handles well. You know the HHR is what it is - an inexpensive fun ride. If you are looking for big hauler buy a big truck - this is just a fun ride netting me an average of 27 MPG. So far so good




2010 turbo problems

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Vehicle: 2010 Chevrolet HHR SS 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

I have had 5 HHR's since 2006 (love the car), two turbos out of the 5. Never had a problem with any (not even a water leak or radio problem)except for this 2010. A piece of tubing connected to the turbo holds 20 pounds of pressure and was made out of plastic that failed. The Chevy dealer cannot find the part nationwide even with GM help. My question is what about contacting the assembly plant for a part or have one fabricated? Dealer stated GM will not let them fabricate a part, so I have been without my 600 mile 2010 car for over a week. The only thing Ford, GM or others understand is a lawyer. Did get a loaner car after 5 days with GM help.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The buggy that could

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Vehicle: 2010 Chevrolet HHR SS 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

Traded in my Ford Flex for the HHR SS and I am very happy with it. I went for the SS due to the power and handling package but ended up putting on the Turbo Upgrade and WOW. The HHR handles likes a sports car, gets really good mpg, has plenty of passing power and is very comfortable to drive. The bluetooth wireless is every bit as good as Ford Sync but their radio quality is not the greatest. Overall the HHR SS is the best model in its class out of the ones I had driven including Mazda and Mitsubishi.



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

One of the best vehicles

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Vehicle: 2010 Chevrolet HHR SS 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

I ordered a 2010 HHR SS with the AA5 (no rear quarter windows), sound system, performance package. I am blown away by the performance. It'll do 150 mph. I've had it up to 118, and it wasn't even breathing hard. It handles "as if on rails." Seats are very comfortable, even on long trips, and I make many of those. It has enough space for all my equipment. Sound system is good, not great. I would install a custom stereo system on my next vehicle. The factory tires are wearing like iron. But the best feature of all is the mileage - I'm averaging 28.5 mpg. All in all, it is almost the perfect vehicle.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Is it a wagon, or

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Vehicle: 2010 Chevrolet HHR SS 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

Instant acceleration even with the automatic. SS seats are very comfortable, with an excellent Pioneer sound system!This year they moved the turbo gauge to the middle of the top of the dashboard which use to be a storage compartment for the Super Sport line. Very easy ingress and egress.



Full 2010 Chevrolet HHR Review

What's New for 2010

Not much is new for the 2010 Chevy HHR this year other than an optional rearview camera (late availability). Also, the HHR Panel is no longer available in SS trim.

Introduction

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. To find proof for that old maxim, you need look no further than the 2010 Chevrolet HHR. When Chevy introduced this compact wagon four years ago, it was clearly hoping to woo buyers away from the well-established and wildly popular Chrysler PT Cruiser. But despite the fact that both vehicles featured similar retro styling cues, the PT's broader range of engine choices and available features made the HHR look like a case of too little, too late.

The HHR's prospects have been improving, though, thanks to thoughtful tweaks over the years. The 2010 model pretty much stands pat, but last year Chevy added several important standard safety features, including stability control, antilock brakes and side curtain airbags. Along with baked-in virtues like a comfortable ride, a versatile interior with up to 63 cubic feet of cargo space and EPA fuel economy estimates as high as 32 mpg highway, these continual improvements have pushed the HHR out from the PT Cruiser's shadow.

Another point in the HHR's favor is that Chevrolet offers it in three distinct models. The regular four-door wagon is by far the biggest seller, but business owners (or ordinary folks who frequently haul bulky items) will want to check out the Panel version, which loses the rear seats and gains windowless rear doors and rear quarter panels. Those looking for a healthy dose of performance along with their practicality can opt for the sporty SS model, which makes the HHR much more fun to drive by virtue of its 260-horsepower turbocharged engine and sport-tuned suspension.

Aside from its PT Cruiser rival, the HHR faces some pretty stiff competition. The modish Kia Soul and Scion xB offer equally eye-catching exteriors, plus similar fuel economy numbers and typically lower MSRPs, and the athletic Honda Fit is better on gas and boasts a more flexible if not quite as commodious interior. The all-new Mazda 3 hatchback can't match the HHR's cargo capacity, but its swoopier styling and superior handling and build quality give it a definite edge with buyers looking for a more refined driving experience. All that said, the 2010 Chevrolet HHR still manages to fill a unique niche in an appealing way, and we think that makes it worth a test-drive.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The front-wheel-drive 2010 Chevrolet HHR is available in two different body styles: a traditional four-door, five-passenger wagon and a two-seat Panel van. The Panel van has windowless rear cargo panel doors (they open via remote release), windowless rear quarter panels, cargo floor storage compartments and a rear 40-amp power point for electronic equipment. The wagon is available in three trim levels -- LS, LT and SS -- while the Panel van is available only in LS and LT trims.

The LS base model includes 16-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry, a fold-flat front passenger seat, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, full power accessories, OnStar and a six-speaker CD/MP3 stereo with satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack.

The midrange LT trim level is actually broken down into two different variants. The 1LT includes upgraded 16-inch wheels, a power driver seat and remote start. The 2LT adds 17-inch chrome alloy wheels, front foglights, color-keyed running boards, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, Bluetooth and a seven-speaker Pioneer audio system with a subwoofer.

The wagon-only SS model comes standard with the base six-speaker stereo (the Pioneer system is optional), but it gains a powerful turbocharged engine, an exclusive sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels, unique exterior styling details and two-tone front sport seats and interior trim.

Entry-level LS models offer very few options beyond running boards, a rooftop luggage rack and a rear spoiler. The 1LT features a more extensive list of extra-cost add-ons (many of which are standard on the 2LT), including chrome wheels, a sunroof, foglights, leather upholstery, heated front seats, Bluetooth and a USB port. The Pioneer stereo is optional on both the 1LT and SS. Additionally, the SS can be fitted with an optional Performance Package that includes a limited-slip differential and Brembo front disc brakes.

Powertrains and Performance

HHR buyers can choose from three different engines. Entry-level LS and midrange 1LT models get a 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 155 hp and 150 pound-feet of torque. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder good for 172 hp and 167 lb-ft of torque is standard on the 2LT and available as an option on the 1LT. Both engines come mated to your choice of a standard five-speed manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic.

Under the hood of the sportier SS version is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that cranks out a healthy 260 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque when paired with the standard five-speed manual gearbox. Those numbers drop off to 250 hp and 222 lb-ft when the engine is fitted with the optional four-speed automatic.

EPA fuel economy ratings for the base model's 2.2-liter engine come in at an impressive 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined with the manual transmission (22/30/25 with the automatic). Opt for the 2.4-liter engine and you'll see those numbers drop just a tad to 21 city/30 highway and 24 combined (22/29/24 with the auto). Considering the extra performance the HHR SS powertrain offers, its turbocharged engine is surprisingly fuel-efficient, with EPA numbers of 21/29/24 mpg when mated to the five-speed manual (19/29/23 with the auto).

Safety

Standard safety equipment for the 2010 Chevy HHR includes antilock front disc/rear drum brakes on LS and LT models and antilock four-wheel discs on the SS. Stability control and side curtain airbags are also standard, though front seat side-impact airbags aren't offered. GM's OnStar telematics system is also standard across the HHR model lineup.

Despite the absence of those side-impact airbags up front, the HHR earned top five-star ratings for both front- and side impacts in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also gave the HHR its highest "Good" rating for frontal-offset impacts, but only an Acceptable rating (second-highest) for side impacts.

Interior Design and Special Features

The 2010 Chevrolet HHR also gets high marks for its attractive and unusually quiet passenger cabin. Both front and rear-seat passengers have ample head- and legroom. The standard cloth seats are comfortable enough, though we found the better-bolstered optional leather seats to be noticeably more supportive. Folding down the front passenger seat and 60/40-split rear seatbacks creates an ample 63 cubic feet of cargo room and a flat load surface.

The gauges are easy to see, and the stereo and climate controls are intuitive. Outward visibility is very good on wagon models, though the same can't be said for the glass-deprived Panel version. The most significant downside is the relatively cheap look and feel of some of the interior plastics.

Driving Impressions

The driving experience for the 2010 Chevrolet HHR depends largely on the model in question. The softer suspensions found on mainstream LS and LT versions deliver a cushy ride over rough roads but soggy handling during spirited driving. The electric power steering system feels numb, and braking performance from the front disc/rear drum setup leaves a lot to be desired, especially when it comes to straight-line stability during panic stops. Both non-turbocharged engines sound coarse when revved hard, though the larger 2.4-liter is notably more energetic.

The HHR SS is another story altogether with its potent turbo engine, superior four-wheel disc brakes and firmer suspension tuning. The steering is noticeably quicker than that of the base model, even though it still feels a bit vague. Note that the SS's engine output is reduced by 10 hp and a significant 38 lb-ft of torque if you go with the automatic transmission. In any form, though, the SS is a lot of fun to drive compared with its less sporting siblings, and fuel economy remains quite good.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 21
  • cty
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  • 29
  • highway
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