2010 Chevrolet HHR vs. Its Competition

2010 Chevrolet HHR FWD 4-door SS Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

As the competition for boxy crossovers with tall roofs heats up, the 2010 Chevrolet HHR has a wide range of rivals now.

The PT Cruiser is also a versatile people/cargo hauler and has more useful passenger space than the HHR, but the Chrysler can’t match the HHR’s performance with the SS edition.

Base versions of the PT Cruiser ride and handle better than the HHR, however.

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.

The Scion xB is also a direct rival to the HHR, but it targets a more youthful, urban buyer.

Like the HHR, the xB isn’t as roomy inside for passengers as one might expect.

The Honda Element 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.

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Quick Specs
The 2010 Chevrolet HHR has love-it-or-hate-it styling, but it should appeal to those who want good cargo capability in an economical ride.
Ideally suited for a wide range of users with the common need to haul stuff, the 2010 Honda Element is a surprising fun and fuel-efficient.
The 2010 Jeep Patriot is unlike any other vehicle on the market, with good safety, a spacious interior, and city-friendly maneuverability, plus just enough Jeep-ness for weekend campers.
The 2010 Scion xB has a lot of space, polarizing looks, and lots of safety features. It provides good value for those on a budget, trendy or not.
There's no more convertible, but if you want to be seen, the 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser still lends some novelty to everyday driving.
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21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
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2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility VehiclesSmall Station WagonSubcompact
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FWD 4-Door LS2WD 5-Door Automatic LXFWD 4-Door Sport5-Door Wagon Manual (GS)4-Door Wagon
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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4 Door4 DoorSport Utility4 Door WagonSmall Station Wagon
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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