2010 Chrysler
PT Cruiser Classic
vs. 2011 Chevrolet
HHR LT

2011 Chevrolet HHR LT

10.0

starting from

$20,440

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet HHR LT

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Has stability control system
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Good range on the highway
518 miles
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Average highway fuel efficiency
32 mpg
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Roof rails
Optional
2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Classic

9.0

starting from

$18,995

Reasons to buy the Chrysler PT Cruiser Classic

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Has rear spoiler
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Spacious back seats
50.1 ft3
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Ample cargo space
62.7 ft3
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Has an automatic transmission
Safety Features 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 Chevrolet HHR LT Winner: HHR LT
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  • The HHR LT's electronic stability control reduces the risk of skidding during cornering
  • The HHR LT has 1 more airbag (including Head / Curtain, Rear Curtain), 4 vs 3
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.4
2011 Chevrolet HHR LT Winner: HHR LT
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the HHR LT's power seats; not available on the PT Cruiser Classic
Performance 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Chevrolet HHR LT Winner: HHR LT
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  • The HHR LT needs more than 10% less space to turn, 36.0 ft vs 40.2 ft
  • The HHR LT has 1 more gear, which can improve performance, 5 vs 4
  • The HHR LT's power-to-weight ratio is around 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 19.5 lb/hp vs 21.5 lb/hp
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Chevrolet HHR LT Winner: HHR LT
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  • The HHR LT's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • The HHR LT has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 6 vs 4
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Chevrolet HHR LT Winner: HHR LT
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  • Need to carry bulky cargo? Get the roof rails upgrade on the HHR LT
  • A single tank lasts more than 40% longer, 518 miles vs 360 miles
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Inexpensive
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Road Tests - vs -
Missing information
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Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Overall 10.0 vs 9.0

Safety Features

Chevrolet
HHR LT
2011 Chevrolet HHR LT
2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Classic Chrysler
PT Cruiser Classic
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs No The HHR LT has electronic stability control, but the PT Cruiser Classic does not
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Airbags 4 vs 3 Limited number of airbags
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Rear brakes Unknown vs Disc
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs None

Luxury Features

Chevrolet
HHR LT
2011 Chevrolet HHR LT
2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Classic Chrysler
PT Cruiser Classic
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the HHR LT's power seats; not available on the PT Cruiser Classic
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to leather

Performance

Chevrolet
HHR LT
2011 Chevrolet HHR LT
2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Classic Chrysler
PT Cruiser Classic
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Horsepower 155 HP @ 6,100 RPM vs 150 HP @ 5,100 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 4 The HHR LT has an OK number of gears, while the PT Cruiser Classic has very few
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Automatic transmission The PT Cruiser Classic's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 19.5 lb/hp vs 21.5 lb/hp Both HHR LT and PT Cruiser Classic are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.0 ft vs 40.2 ft The HHR LT is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the PT Cruiser Classic is quite bad

Entertainment System

Chevrolet
HHR LT
2011 Chevrolet HHR LT
2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Classic Chrysler
PT Cruiser Classic
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Number of speakers 6 vs 4 Fewer speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The HHR LT's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the PT Cruiser Classic does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Practicality

Chevrolet
HHR LT
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2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Classic Chrysler
PT Cruiser Classic
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 518 miles vs 360 miles The HHR LT has great highway range, but the PT Cruiser Classic is very limited
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Cargo space 57.7 ft3 vs 62.7 ft3 Lots of cargo room
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front seats 49.8 ft3 vs 49.6 ft3 Very cramped front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Optional vs Not Available Need to carry bulky cargo? Get the roof rails upgrade on the HHR LT
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 vs 4 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

Chevrolet
HHR LT
2011 Chevrolet HHR LT
2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Classic Chrysler
PT Cruiser Classic
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MSRP $20,440 vs $18,995 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 19 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Road Tests

Chevrolet
HHR LT
2011 Chevrolet HHR LT
2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Classic Chrysler
PT Cruiser Classic
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0-60 mph 9.1 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 143 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 17.1 s @ 82 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Chevrolet
HHR LT
2011 Chevrolet HHR LT
2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Classic Chrysler
PT Cruiser Classic
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs 4 stars
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs 4 stars

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2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Classic 2011 Toyota Prius Two PT Cruiser Classic vs Prius Two
2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Classic 2011 Kia Soul PT Cruiser Classic vs Soul
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2011 Chevrolet HHR LT 2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT HHR LT vs Equinox LT
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2011 Chevrolet HHR LT 2012 Ford Transit Connect Cargo XLT HHR LT vs Transit Connect Cargo XLT

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