The Chevrolet HHR is a uniquely designed four-door vehicle in the compact crossover wagon/SUV class. Production began on these models in 2005, and the last model year was 2011 when it was replaced by the Chevrolet Orlando. These models only spanned one generation, all with an FF, or front-engine, front-wheel-drive layout that was built on the GM Delta platform. Though usually compared to the Chrysler PT Cruiser in outward appearance, the HHR mechanically has more in common with the Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5, and the Saturn Astra. Since its introduction, there have been three base engines, the 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, and the two-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged, each with either a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic transmission.
The Chevrolet HHRs are mostly known for their retro look—a design inspired by the manufacturer’s 1949 Suburban. The HHR has several additional positive features and had a loyal following up until it was discontinued. The 2007 models included only a handful of changes from the 2006 models, more options and a higher roof being the most notable.
Body Styles: compact wagon crossover/SUV
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 2.2-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic with overdrive, five-speed manual with overdrive
Models: Chevrolet HHR LS, Chevrolet HHR Panel LS, Chevrolet HHR LT, Chevrolet HHR Panel LT
The 2007 Chevrolet HHR models include a small handful of modifications, including a higher roof for more headroom, a choice of two base engines, and the choice of an automatic or manual transmission.
The 2007 Chevrolet HHR features sharp angles throughout, with a relatively flat hood extending back toward a boxy cabin area and a flat SUV-type back end. The vehicle has a high roof and a unique, retro-styled front end. It has single-cavity headlights with jeweled lighting effects. HHR models come with 16- or 17-inch wheels. Bright chrome trim for the exterior is available with the LT models.
The HHR seats five with plenty of headroom and boasts a very ""open"" feel to the cabin. The instrument panel is a throwback from earlier vehicles, which unfortunately and quite inconveniently is located a bit low. The front passenger seat and both back seats fold down flat for a descent amount of storage space. Some of the standard features are air-conditioning, power windows and locks, a six-speaker CD stereo, and remote keyless entry. Optional features include OnStar, a power sunroof, satellite radio, an upgraded stereo, and remote start with the automatic transmission.
With the LT model, drivers get more features, such as MP3 compatibility, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated leather seats.
Performance & Handling
The HHR’s Ecotec 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine produces 149-hp and 152 lb-ft of torque, while the Ecotec 2.4-liter four-cylinder does a little better at 175-hp and 165 lb-ft of torque. Neither is particularly impressive when it comes to acceleration or passing at high speeds, but merging into normal highway traffic should not be a problem. Either engine can use the Getrag five-speed manual or the four-speed automatic. The automatic transmission performs well, shifting quietly and smoothly. The 2007 HHR is quite maneuverable and makes for convenient driving in traffic, though for parking and switching lanes, visibility nearly all a round is a concern, and drivers may find themselves craning their necks often.
Safety features on the 2007 HHR include anti-lock brakes standard on the LT models, traction control with the automatic transmission, and optional side curtain airbags. Side-impact airbags are not available.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet HHR LS, LT: 19/28 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet HHR Panel LS: 20/29 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet HHR Panel LT: 20/28 mpg city/highway
- Exterior style
- Smooth and quick automatic transmission
You Won't Like
- Poor visibility
- Large windshield pillars obstruct side view
- Control placement
- ABS not standard
- Side impact airbags not available
- Side curtain airbags not standard
An all-around solid vehicle with many positive features for a fair price.
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