• (4.2) 59 reviews
  • MSRP: $2,115–$8,335
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 26
  • Engine: 149-hp, 2.2-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 2
2007 Chevrolet HHR

Our Take on the Latest Model 2007 Chevrolet HHR

What We Don't Like

  • Lack of grab handles
  • Impaired rear visibility
  • Thick windshield pillars
  • Low-mounted central controls
  • Seat comfort in center rear seat
  • ABS and side curtain airbags not standard

Notable Features

  • High roof enhances headroom
  • Choice of two engines
  • Manual or automatic

2007 Chevrolet HHR Reviews

Vehicle Overview
If Chrysler can do it, why not Chevrolet? General Motors might not appreciate comparisons between the new Chevrolet HHR and the retro-styled Chrysler PT Cruiser, but the HHR is unabashedly designed to resemble a vehicle from the past, just as the Cruiser's styling did. In Chevrolet's case, that vehicle is the 1949 Suburban, which ranks as one of the first utility vehicles.

Introduced for 2006, the HHR sees few changes for 2007. It flaunts a tall stance like the PT Cruiser's, and it's built on the same platform as the Chevrolet Cobalt sedan. Trim levels include the base LS, midlevel 1LT and top-of-the-line 2LT.


Exterior
Built with a high roof, this four-door wagon's grille features a prominent Chevrolet bow tie logo. The HHR has a touch-pad rear liftgate and flared taillamps. The HHR flaunts deep-draw flared fenders that tuck in at the rocker panels. A one-piece hood is reminiscent of the 1949 Suburban. Single-cavity headlamps incorporate jeweled lighting effects. The back window is flush with the body sides.

Two suspensions and two wheel sizes (16 and 17 inches) are offered. In addition to bright chrome exterior trim, the 2LT model includes fog lamps and a bright exhaust tip.

Electric power steering and front-disc/rear-drum brakes are installed. Built on a 103.1-inch wheelbase, the HHR is 176.2 inches long overall, 68.1 inches wide and 61.5 inches tall.


Interior
Up to five occupants fit inside the HHR. A high roof promises appealing headroom and an airy environment. The instrument cluster harks back to the past, and interior color combinations feature darker colors on upper trim sections.

The front passenger seat folds completely flat, and the center armrest is integrated into the seatback frame. The rear seats are split 60/40 and fold to form a flat load surface.

Chevrolet says the HHR's reconfigurable interior can accommodate everything from groceries to surfboards. Maximum cargo volume is 63.1 cubic feet. A concealed 5-inch recessed storage bin in the cargo area sits above the spare tire. When raised, the primary load floor can act as a shelf.

Standard equipment includes air conditioning, power windows and locks, a six-speaker CD stereo and remote keyless entry. Options include a power sunroof, GM's OnStar communication system, XM Satellite Radio and a Pioneer audio system with a subwoofer. Remote starting is installed on models equipped with the automatic transmission.

An additional feature in the 1LT model is an MP3 player. The 2LT edition adds antilock brakes, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift, and Pioneer audio. Heated leather seats are optional with both LT groups.


Under the Hood
Two engines are offered in the HHR. Standard in LS and 1LT models, an Ecotec 2.2-liter four-cylinder produces 149 horsepower and 152 pounds-feet of torque. An Ecotec 2.4-liter four-cylinder that generates 175 hp and 165 pounds-feet of torque is standard in the 2LT and optional in the 1LT. Both engines mate with either a Getrag five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed automatic transmission.

Safety
Antilock brakes are standard on 2LT models, though they're disc/drum instead of the more surefooted all-disc type. Traction control is available only with the automatic transmission. Side curtain airbags are optional, but side-impact airbags for the front seats are not available.

Driving Impressions
Commanding looks aren't the only attraction of Chevrolet's retro wagon. Judged by performance and comfort attributes, as well as solid build quality, the HHR is actually one of GM's most appealing vehicles.

The HHR handles easily, maneuvers crisply and steers with a light touch. Body lean through curves isn't bad, but one tends to avoid pushing this wagon too hard. Even in urban settings, the ride is smooth. Occupants might feel pavement imperfections, but few produce noticeable discomfort.

With the optional 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, acceleration is reasonably spirited for passing and merging, though there's not a surplus of power. Chevrolet's automatic transmission operates gently, and except for a whirring sound while accelerating, the HHR is impressively quiet.

Front occupants get plenty of space, though the "chopped" windshield limits the driver's view of tall objects, such as overhead traffic signals. Rear visibility also could be better. Chair-style seats are reasonably comfortable, with moderate back support and adequate thigh support.


Consumer Reviews

4.2

Average based on 59 reviews

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Best Car for the money

by Southern Comfort from Palm Springs Florida on October 30, 2017

Own it for ten years and replaced it with another......Hope the new one does as well.... Can not say enough about the service and dependability of the car.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,400 per year.

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Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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