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2007 Chevrolet HHR

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2007 Chevrolet HHR Review

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While some dismiss the HHR as little more than a PT Cruiser clone, in truth the two vehicles appeal to very different audiences. Where the PT seems to pull in Baby Boomers and Gen X males, the HHR speaks to today's young drivers; kids who like to customize their cars with extreme paint jobs and sound systems requiring a small atomic plant to power them. By itself, the HHR is a slick piece of work, a practical wagon version of the Cobalt sedan disguised as a hip retro mini Suburban. Though smaller than it appears in pictures, the HHR is nevertheless a versatile and fun-to-drive vehicle as equally suited to small families as it is to hip singles.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like your retro style backed with substance, the functional, comfortable and eager HHR will satisfy you beyond its intriguing looks.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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.

What's Significant About This Car?

The 2.2-liter and 2.4-liter engines see a slight bump in horsepower, and ebony is added to the short interior color list.

Driving the HHR

Driving Impressions One of the best things you can say about a vehicle is that it handles like a smaller car and rides like a bigger one. Such is the case with...

the HHR. With its raised seating position and truck-like attitude, you might not expect the HHR to handle like the small car it really is. It's just as surprising out on the highway, where it's smooth for its size and notably quiet. Even when outfitted with the base engine and four-speed automatic transmission, the HHR still feels adequately motivated, although throttle response is a bit slow and the electrically-assisted power steering feels vague and somewhat disconnected.

Remote Start
HHRs equipped with automatic transmissions include a remote start feature that lets you start heating or cooling the cabin before you even set foot outside your home.

Audio Input Jack
A front-mounted auxiliary input jack makes it easy to connect any MP3 player or other audio source to the HHR's sound system.

2007 Chevrolet HHR Details
2007 Chevrolet HHR photo Interior

Unlike the retro-on-retro PT Cruiser, the Chevy HHR features thoroughly modern interior styling. Tasteful chrome rings and accents combine with pleasing buttons and knobs in a contemporary interior that looks and feels like nothing from the automaker's past. While there's at least as much plastic as you'd expect, it's artfully crafted style is less intrusive than in many of the cars in its price range. The HHR also treats its occupants to notably comfortable seats. Versatility is definitely one of the car's strong suits, with features like a front passenger seat that folds down to accommodate longer items and a cargo floor that hides a shallow storage bin and also lifts to create a two-tier load area.

Exterior
2007 Chevrolet HHR photo

Featuring a retro design heavily inspired by Chevy's own 1949 Suburban, the HHR plays the stylized delivery wagon to the PT Cruiser's boulevard prowler. This bodes well for the HHR, considering the proven appeal of the utilitarian Scion xB. Up front, a towering hood is fronted by a big chrome grille. Working toward the rear, flared fenders, rounded corners and circular taillights work in concert to strengthen the HHR's link with the past. As was the case when the PT Cruiser was first introduced, it's easy to imagine the HHR to be a much bigger vehicle from its pictures.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The HHR LS wagon includes a 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine, five-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, AM/FM/CD sound system with auxiliary input jack, power windows/locks/mirrors, remote keyless entry, cruise control, 16-inch covered steel wheels, trip computer and front airbags. The LT1 trim adds an MP3/CD player, eight-way power driver's seat with lumbar support, 16-inch alloy wheels and satin chrome exterior accents. The LT2 trim adds the 2.4-liter engine, FE3 Sport suspension, 17-inch wheels, 260-watt Pioneer sound system, fog lights and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

Optional Equipment

Features that will take you beyond base sticker price include a more powerful 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, four-speed automatic transmission, leather seating, heated front seats, power driver's seat, stiffer suspension, power moonroof, 260-watt sound system with subwoofer, in-dash six-disc changer, MP3 compatibility, XM Satellite Radio, remote start (standard with automatic transmission), 16- or 17-inch wheels and OnStar. Optional safety equipment includes two-row side-curtain airbags, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) and traction control.

Under the Hood

While more aggressive drivers will be best served by the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to the five-speed manual transmission, none of the HHR's powertrain combinations felt the least bit anemic. Both the 2.2-liter and 2.4-liter engines are louder than one might expect, especially at full throttle. Vibration and harshness, however, are well in line with other small four-cylinder engines from Ford, Chrysler and Hyundai.

2.2-liter in-line 4
149 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
152 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/30 (manual), 23/30 (automatic)

2.4-liter in-line 4
175 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
165 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/30 (manual), 23/30 (automatic)

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2007 Chevrolet HHR Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 794 Ratings for the 2006 - 2011 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

great true small car

By on Sunday, January 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive"

Cons: "roof over hangs to far front window"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Good for shopping at malls, groecery stores and bissy parking lots.Great cargo space and rides comfortable and sound proof. Handles well in all weather conditions."

Very good vehicle for the price I pay for!

By on Tuesday, December 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Well equipped and good cargo space, good millage,"

Cons: "Poor visibility on the corners, high tire price."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I was looking for a family car able to carry hardware when I needed to do improvements on my home and to be comfortable to drive me and my wife around. Very good millage, and low maintenance cost overall. Unfortunately this model was discontinued by GM."

6 people out of 13 found this review helpful

I would not buy this car ever again.

By on Monday, December 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "easy to get into"

Cons: "The electrical system is expensive to fix"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I purchased this car in a time of desperation. I was in need of a car, and this is the one the the car dealer told me was available for my price range. I have had constant malfunctions since I purchased it. If I could do it over again, I would make a different decision."

5 people out of 11 found this review helpful

We have the Primer Eduition, and my wife loves it.

By on Saturday, December 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 94,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "fun drive even for folks in their 60's"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This has been a wonderful Vehicle and we have enjoyed it alot. The heated leather seats in the winter are great. And if you crank up the radio, open the sliding sunroof on a summers night ...wow !"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Design is very good but execution inadequate

By on Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 83,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "exterior retro design"

Cons: "cheap materials, parts that commonly fail"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"The appearance and exterior and interior design is very appealing. Even the LS is well-equipped and mpg is decent. However the execution of this design is severely compromised by the use of cheap imported materials that fail in significant numbers. Yet GM has worked hard to evade recalls, even though they had recalled for similar defects in other models. These are safety issues, ignition lock, power steering and airbags. The former two have now been recalled but GM has not issued an airbag recall and expect the owner to pay for diagnostics to tell them what they already know, that resistance builds up in poor quality wire. I should have figured out this was constructed of cheap imported parts when we had to replace struts shortly after we bought it at 32,000 miles."

11 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Good little car

By on Sunday, November 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 118,248

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Fuel mileage and dependability."

Cons: "Little interior room, no console for storage."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Has been a great little car for me. A pillar is extra wide so it blocks view and the top of the windshield is very low and I had to learn to deal with it. Fuel mileage is great and it runs well, have only had minor repairs done, brakes, emission canister, and wear out parts like tires, air filters, fuel filter. This has been the least expensive car I have had in twenty years or more."

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

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