The Chevrolet HHR is a retro-styled sport utility vehicle that was originally introduced for the 2006 model year. While the vehicle never progressed beyond its first-generation design, a performance variant called the "SS Turbocharged" featuring a 260 horsepower engine was offered for the 2008 model year. Chevrolet has made only minor changes to the HHR for 2011 - the most significant is the discontinuation of the enthusiast-tuned SS model.
Today's HHR is offered in both wagon and panel body styles. Most consumers will choose one of three wagon variants, leaving the lightly optioned panel vans for commercial use. The standard HHR LS arrives with air conditioning, cruise control, power windows, power locks, 16-inch steel wheels, and the standard four-cylinder engine. The upgraded HHR 1LT is fitted with steering-wheel-mounted cruise control, 8-way power driver seat, power-adjustable body-color mirrors, and wheel covers. The range-topping 2LT is configured with the larger engine, sport suspension, leather wrapped steering wheel, running boards, an appearance package, 17-inch aluminum wheels with chrome finish, and more.
Under the hood of the HHR LS and 1LT models is a 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine rated at 155 horsepower. The 2LT model receives a larger 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine rated at 172 horsepower. Both models are front-wheel drive with a standard 5-speed manual transmission - a four-speed automatic transmission is optional. The EPA rates the fuel economy of the 2011 Chevrolet HHR between 22 mpg city, and 32 mpg highway, depending on engine and transmission.
The 2011 Chevrolet HHR LS starts with a base price of about $19,000 and tops out with the 2LT model, which starts around $22,000.