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2011 Chevrolet HHR vs. Its Competition

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2011 Chevrolet HHR FWD 4-door LS Angular Front Exterior View
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With the discontinuation of the Chrysler PT Cruiser, the Scion xB remains the strongest rival to the HHR; While the xB grew a lot larger with its last full redesign a few years ago, it's not particularly roomy inside either, but the xB's design prioritizes passenger comfort over cargo—the opposite of the HHR.

The Jeep Patriot is a little bit smaller overall, yet it offers all-wheel drive and its interior feels roomier; it's an ideal choice for city folks who want a lot of utility but will stay on-road.

And the Honda Element, which will be discontinued after this model year, remains one of the best choices for those who have a lot of stuff to haul, though its small rear-hinged back doors aren't quite as friendly for backseat passengers.

2011 Chevrolet HHR FWD 4-door LS Angular Front Exterior View2011 Chevrolet HHR2011 Honda Element 2WD 5dr EX Angular Front Exterior View2011 Honda Element2011 Jeep Patriot FWD 4-door Latitude Angular Front Exterior View2011 Jeep Patriot2011 Scion xB 5dr Wagon Auto (GS) Angular Front Exterior View2011 Scion xB
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The 2011 Chevrolet HHR stands out with its retro exterior, but it's lackluster in most other respects.
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If you need to haul stuff more than people, and don't want to part with maneuverability and fuel-efficiency, the 2011 Honda Element is a great choice.
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A boxy, roomy, rugged-chic exterior; good maneuverability; and decent off-road ability just might balance out the utter lack of refinement.
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Whether you see the 2011 Scion xB as trendy or odd, it packs a lot of space and versatility into a compact space.
MSRP From   
$18,720Browse Used Listings$20,825Browse Used Listings$15,995Browse Used Listings$16,000Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage   
22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Gas/Ethanol I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class   
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility VehiclesSmall Station Wagon
Style Name   
FWD 4-Door LS2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door Sport5-Door Wagon Manual (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 DoorSport Utility VehicleSport Utility4 Door Wagon
ManualAutomaticManualManual w/OD
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