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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 772 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 Work Car!

By on Monday, August 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Economical to buy and keep"

Cons: "Pickup can be sluggish at times"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Although there are two current recalls out on this model, it hasn't given me a lick of trouble in over 4 years and 59,000 miles. Only maintenance has been new tires, front brakes, and oil changes. Great for hauling with the hatchback and fold-down seats. Good gas mileage (over 25 mpg combined city/highway)."

Love this car.Cant believe has been discontinued

By on Monday, August 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "so reliable. has character. only make it black."

Cons: "no directional magnet. good mileage... I think"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Oil, tires and windshield wipers. No other mechanical issues in 82000 miles. Reminds me of a gangster car robbing banks in 1930 movie. Love it. The car has character. Both in terms of styling and performance. I have driven American luxury cars most of my adult life.Forced to economize and thought it might be embarrassing. Take pride in this car. Have treated it well...better than my latest Cadillac. Don't like it when confused with Chrysler Cruiser... so much nicer. great storage. feels safe and sturdy."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great Car

By on Monday, August 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Love this car. Bought new, still in perfect condition, smooth ride, great sound system.Too bad they stopped making the HHR. Would recommend to anyone"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Very underrated vehicle.

By on Friday, August 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "See comments below."

Cons: "limited visibility, tight rear seat."

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

"I have owned three different HHR's. I also own a Mercedes and a Porsche but I drive the most miles in my HHR. It seems to be a like it or hate it kind of vehicle. My wife hates it. She likes the Mercedes. I currently have a panel and an SS. They provide comfort, handling and versatility. I use them to haul landscape supplies, mowers, bicycles, trash, and hockey bags. My SS really goes, handles and stops. They are reliable. My first HHR was sold recently with over 160,000 miles. My current SS has over 130,000 miles. Neither has had any major repair. These vehicles provide a lot of quality for the price."

Ok vehicle will get you from point a to point b.

By on Thursday, July 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 126,500

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Room for cargo"

Cons: "Poor visibility, Poor performance"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"Gas mileage is less than I would expect for what I am giving up in performance. Does offer reasonable space for hauling luggage and other items. Poor visibility, use caution on-coming vehicles easily disappear while trying to look around the front pillars. Recalls are a huge issue"

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

general junk

By on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,400

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
3/10

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

"Brakes bad repair then 6 months later repair again. No power even for a 4. Think again before you buy one then don't."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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