2007 Chevrolet HHR LT 2.2 Ecotec from North America


If you buy one, make sure it's 2008 or later


Cracked block.

Blown head gasket.

Three of four speakers intermittent.

Both front lower control arm bushings.

Both front sway bar links.

Rear wiper washer leaks into cabin.

General Comments:

I had high hopes for this car, because my wife had a Malibu that was decently reliable and sturdy. I thought this car would be a good, economical, all around car with plenty of room, yet still smallish. After two years of daily use commuting to school and work it has failed me. It never left me stranded, but it did have two occasions of coolant burn; one occasion a head gasket, the other a cracked block.

Ride is typical "small car" with a little extra body roll, sluggish performance and surprisingly bad fuel efficiency for its size.

Interior styling is nice, but cheap feel and bad layout leave you wondering what GM was thinking. The dome light is behind your passenger and the window controls are down by your shifter. GM moved these in later models.

Exterior is typical GM Cobalt/Cavalier quality; not the best, but I've seen worse.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 8th September, 2017

2007 Chevrolet HHR LS 2.2 from North America


Looks like nothing else on the road, and is worth every penny paid


Intermittent lighting on speedo. Replaced under warranty.

Defective turn signal switch. Replaced under warranty.

General Comments:

The car is reliable, and it consistently averages 29 plus MPG.

I love the retro style. The ride comfort is more than adequate. Excellent utility, as we use it like a truck on a regular basis. We regularly tow a small utility trailer. It handles well in snow and rain, and has an excellent stereo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th March, 2011

2007 Chevrolet HHR 1LT Ecotec 2.2 from North America


The HHR is efficient and characterful, but has some ergonomic issues


49530 miles: Squeak from front end on stopping or shutting doors. The climate control recirculation flap was loose. CPO warranty repair.

General Comments:

This car is funky looking. However, that funkiness with the thick pillars and little windows results in poor visibility. I've gotten used to it since I got the car, but I often have to crane my neck to see traffic lights.

The interior is really plasticy, but I was expecting this. It's not a luxury car. When I have the stereo up all the way, sometimes I hear a buzz from an unidentified trim piece.

The window switches on the bottom of the centre stack are in an asinine position, and unlit. It's awkward to reach down there, especially at night.

There's that weird white LED in the headliner - I guess this is to illuminate the centre stack and compensate for the unlit window switches. It seems kind of kludgy to me.

The transmission is reluctant to downshift when I'm trying to merge onto a freeway or pass somebody on a rural road. I feel like peak torque comes up around 4000rpm, and the transmission always wants to keep the engine below 3000 unless I floor it.

It feels really lightweight - wind wander is a problem, and panels are easily dented.

But I can live with all these faults. The car provides more than adequate performance, great cargo space, and good fuel economy (26-29mpg / 9L/100km combined city/highway with roof rack crossbars, and I certainly don't drive for economy). It's my first car of my own and while I'm a huge fan of other cars (BMW 3 series E46 coupes!) I plan on driving this car to at least 150,000 miles.

There are a million other HHRs on the road where I live in Michigan, but I still smile every time I see one, especially if it's a SS or a Panel. There's just something about the design. While the HHR may not be a great car in performance or quality metrics, it is competent, and undeniably has character, something that is lacking in the average econobox.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th November, 2010

7th Nov 2010, 22:45

I certainly agree, these are really nice looking little trucks, kind of like a 1950's panel van meets small fuel efficient car. I like the Nissan Cube as well, but the HHR has a more classic look, especially the sporty SS model.