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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 767 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

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"

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."

very good vehicle, good on gas & great extra space

By on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,892

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Good price for reliable transportation"

Cons: "Don't like storage/glove box. cup holder position"

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

"Been very good. Easy to drive. Love extra cargo in back. View a little obstructed in front. Didn't like rims that came with package. Good on gas. Fold down seats scratch easily on hard plastic side, able to pull my small boat :)"

Love this car

By on Friday, July 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drive, easy to pack for a trip"

Cons: "there was an ignition recall, it has been replaced"

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

"My son had bought an HHR and I fell in love with his car. When I was able to buy a "new" car it was 2012. I wanted the HHR but 2011 was the last year they were made. I had to search for this car, I wanted the bright red model. I finally found one and I could afford to buy it. So I bought it and have been driving it for 2 years now and I am still in love with the car. I would buy a new one if I could. I know about 10 people with an HHR and they all love the car."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Fits our lifestyle and our bodies.

By on Wednesday, July 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfortable seats, fun and easy to drive."

Cons: "Poor cup holder design & "A pillars" too thick."

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

"Most, if not all of the monthly ONSTAR reports are available. There are two recalls that are currently waiting for parts. One is the ignition - and I have never had anything on the key-ring except a string and the ignition key. The other is an air-bag. No scratches or dents. It's been in a car-port when at home and not being driven."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

pretty good

By on Monday, June 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 117,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "good on gas, handles well, suitable for any age"

Cons: "cup holders akward, gets dirty easy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"got this car because I read it had a great safety rating, several people who have had accidents, walked away unscathed. I have two small children, and safety is very important to me. I had a bit of an accident myself in it, and it handled very nicely, wasn't damaged as much as I thought it would be, and I am my passengers were just a little shaken up, but otherwise fine. I still own the car and have made two long distance trips, one over 1600 miles... did very well, and well on gas mileage. If they still manufactured this car, I would likely buy another. My only quam, I have two carseats in the back and there is no room for anyone else back there, but its not an error on their part as I see it, I just might need a bigger vehicle, ha ha ha. Its a good car/truck... crossover or whatever they call it. My advice, don't get black (mine is) it like any other car, will only stay clean till you drive it. I guess you could get one with running boards, and some mud flaps and it would be better. Just a suggestion though."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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