Chevrolet HHR

The Chevrolet HHR was first introduced in 2005 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. A retro-style station wagon with modern curves, the HHR is part of the compact segment but its configuration and size make it a unique vehicle. It has been called everything from an SUV to a crossover to a wagon. Reported pictures of prototypes of the 2012 model (not released) were larger than previous models. Regardless of speculation, the HHR was discontinued before an official or prototype release. The HHR is to be replaced by the Chevrolet Captiva Sport.

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Chevrolet HHR Origins

The Chevrolet HHR had one of the most unique designs on the automotive market, often making it hard to classify. Its design was inspired by Chevy cars and trucks from the mid-1940s, specifically the 1949 Chevy Suburban, which had large square fender flares and a unique grille. The HHR was designed by Bryan Nesbitt, who also designed the similar Chrysler PT Cruiser.

The Chevrolet HHR was assembled in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, and shared a platform with the Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5, Saturn Ion, and Saturn Astra. Available engines included the 2.2-liter, 2.4-liter, and the two-liter turbocharged Ecotec four-cylinders. The HHR was available in either five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.

While most notable for offering compact size with plenty of cargo room, the HHR got a high-performance model added to its lineup in 2006: the Chevrolet HHR SS Turbocharged had a two-liter turbocharged Ecotec LNF I4 engine that produced 260 hp. It offered a race-tuned suspension and a short throw shift. The SS model was discontinued in 2010.

About the Chevrolet HHR

The Chevrolet HHR is best known for its unique design, but it’s not only the vehicle’s looks that make the HHR popular in some circles—its design allows for the easy maneuverability of a compact with a wagon’s room for passengers and cargo. Chevy initially marketed the HHR to a younger crowd with commercials featuring objects like surf boards and other lifestyle accoutrements easily loaded into the HHR’s cargo area. In addition to this cargo-carryings convenience, the Chevy HHR is also fairly fuel efficient for a non-hybrid in its class. And it was quite affordable, starting at under $20,000.

The 2011 Chevrolet HHR

The Chevrolet HHR was discontinued after 2011, and there are currently no plans for future models. The 2011 base model has a 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine producing around 155 horsepower, while the 2LT model comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder producing 172 horsepower. Fuel economy estimates are 22 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. The base model started at $18,720. Not much changed in the styling of the 2011 HHR from previous years.

Chevrolet HHR Evolution

There have been six HHR models from 2006 to 2011, along with a turbo edition from 2008 to 2010. Despite being available for several years, the basic design of the vehicle saw very few changes over this time. Most of the changes from one year to the next were slight improvements in safety features, and each year also saw slight upgrades in engine power.

Select a Chevrolet HHR Year

2011 Chevrolet HHR

Midsize, SUV

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.

2010 Chevrolet HHR

Midsize, SUV

2009 Chevrolet HHR

Midsize, SUV

The 2009 Chevrolet HHR is a practical vehicle with a boxy shape that enhances interior space.

2008 Chevrolet HHR

Midsize, SUV

The Chevrolet HHR is a uniquely-shaped compact SUV wagon designed by Bryan Nesbitt.

2007 Chevrolet HHR

Midsize, SUV

The Chevrolet HHR is a uniquely designed four-door vehicle in the compact crossover wagon/SUV class.

2006 Chevrolet HHR

Midsize, SUV

The 2006 Chevrolet HHR is a stylish retro station wagon similar to Chrysler’s PT Cruiser.