2011 Chevrolet HHR


#12 out of 12 in 2011 Wagons

2011 Chevrolet HHR Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 Chevrolet HHR was new.


Interior: 7.8

The HHR's five-seat interior has plenty of versatility and roominess. Reviewers are especially impressed with how flexible the interior space is, making the HHR a good choice for moving people or cargo. Reviewers have criticized some material choices and the gauge cluster, which has small markings and a tachometer that is too small to be of much use.

  • "Visibility suffers because of the short windows and thick pillars, the driving position is cramped, and interior quality is unimpressive." -- Consumer Reports  
  • "The only real criticism we have of the HHR's cabin is the relatively cheap look and feel of some of the materials used." -- Edmunds 


The HHR seats up to five, with two in the front and three in the rear. Both the front passenger seat and 60/40-split rear seat fold to create a flat-load floor. All models come standard with cloth seats, though leather is optional on the LT trims. There's both praise and criticism for the front seats, while reviewers say the rear seat is comfortable, but a bit cramped for three adults. If you opt for the HHR panel, keep in mind that it only seats two – the driver and front passenger.

One of the most common reviewer complaints is rear visibility, and many test drivers say that shoppers who decide to buy the HHR should get the optional rear parking assist, which is available on the base trim.

  • "The HHR also possesses notably comfortable seats." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The standard cloth seats are comfortable enough; the more supportive optional leather-trimmed seating is even more inviting." -- Edmunds
  • "Headroom and legroom are adequate for all but the largest occupants. Comfortable, chair-height seats are appreciated, though most of our testers wish the tilt steering wheel would offer higher positioning. Thick pillars impede the view fore and aft, though generously sized mirrors help. Aft visibility is poor; the available rearview camera a must-have in our eyes. HHR's roof design can also impede the forward view." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The 2011 Chevrolet HHR’s interior is more functional than luxurious. That means its features list is basic, and the interior is fitted with materials that aren’t super cheap, but don’t scream luxury. The HHR may not offer a lot on the inside, but many reviewers like the dash board’s simple, easy access layout.

The base LS model comes with an AM/FM stereo, a CD player, cruise control, XM satellite radio, MP3 playback and an auxiliary audio input jack. AA premium sound system, an automatic dimming rearview mirror, rear park assist, a leather wrapped steering wheel and Bluetooth are optional on the base trim, but to get features like driver lumbar support, heated front seats, leather seats, a power driver seat and a sunroof, you have to upgrade to the 1LT and 2LT trims.

  • "While HHR's exterior design recalls the 1950s, the cabin design is modern. The gauges are unobstructed, but the instrument markings are a bit small and hard to decipher at a glance. The climate and radio controls are easy to reach." -- Consumer Guide
  • "While there's at least as much plastic as you'd expect, its artfully crafted style is much less objectionable than in many of the cars in its price range.” -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The layout of controls is simple and straightforward, with good outward visibility on wagon models. However, we recommend the optional rearview camera system for extra assistance on Panel vans due to their non-existent sight lines out back." -- Edmunds


The HHR's versatile cargo space is one of its greatest strengths. With the rear seat folded, the HHR boasts 57.7 cubic feet of cargo space and the front-seat-only Panel model features 63.1 cubic feet. Although there is plenty of cargo room, reviewers complain about a lack of smaller storage areas.

  • "Folding down the wagon's front passenger seat and split-rear seatbacks creates a useful flat load floor and 58 cubic feet of cargo space (63 cubic feet for the Panel van)." -- Edmunds
  • "While the HHR is indeed versatile, it's still based on a small-car platform. So, if you've got big stuff to haul, or just a lot of stuff, you might need a larger vehicle." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Versatile storage space. It's easy to fold the 60/40 split rear seat backs to create a flat load floor, but the front seat backs must be far forward for the headrests to clear. Handy touch: The rear cargo cover slots into interior side panels to form a two-tier loading ‘shelf.’ Small-item storage is just so-so and is made up of a small dash-top compartment and slim map pockets in the doors." -- Consumer Guide

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