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#2 of 33 Any new powertrains coming for 2007?
May 05, 2006 (4:40 pm)
It would be nice if they offered a performance engine for people who want hot rod performance and don't care much about MPG and an economy powertrain option with high mpg.
The current offerings that combine the unfortunate combination of weak acceleration with low-ish gas mileage leave much to be desired.
They should, at the very least, offer a 5-speed automatic instead of only 4-speed auto.
You would get slightly better performance from more closely-spaced gear ratios combined with an extra-tall overdrive gear for quieter and relaxed highway driving at lower rpm and lower fuel useage.
#3 of 33 Re: Any new powertrains coming for 2007? [jaxs1]
May 05, 2006 (7:44 pm)
Jaxs1, have you actually driven one? I've had mine over 120 MPH, stomp on it ya get wheel spin even with the 17s & the electronic traction control + I really get about 27 MPG. At a steady 70 ya get >30 MPG. Plus you can stuff about 40-50 cases of beer in it....& with the 17s & sport suspension it handles the twisties about as good as any station wagon ever has...what more do you want. If you want a dragster -gas guzzler -station wagon just go buy a DODGE Magnum or something.
#4 of 33 Re: Any new powertrains coming for 2007? [smogdung]
May 05, 2006 (8:19 pm)
27-30 MPG isn't typical average mileage other people post unless they only drive on highways.
Most cars get good mileage driving at a steady highway speed (even a 268HP Camry can get 30 mpg on the highway), so 30 mpg on highway trips is expected, but mix in stop and go city driving other people say they get more like 22 MPG (which is V6 territory).
The problem with the HHR is that it seems to give you V6 gas mileage with the performance, noise and vibration levels of a 4 cylinder.
What kind of acceleration numbers have the mgazines got when the HRR has the automatic transmission? I only see test results with the 5-speed manual.
#5 of 33 Re: Any new powertrains coming for 2007? [jaxs1]
May 06, 2006 (4:11 am)
That's baloney, check Car and Driver...when they tested the new RAV, with that 268 HP engine you're talking about, they got 16 MPG! Even when they tested the 2007 Camry Hybrid 2.4L they only got 33 mpg and that car cost >$30,000!! You can buy a lot of gas for $10K. Besides the last new Toyota I bought was something of a nightmare. If I would have had to pay for everything that went wrong with it during the waranty period it would have been over $6,000. They'll probably stick the Turbo or Supercharged versions of the Ecotec in there eventually, maybe even a Hybrid...but you'll pay several thousand more either way.
#6 of 33 Re: Any new powertrains coming for 2007? [smogdung]
May 06, 2006 (4:28 am)
A supercharged engine comes as an option in the fall.
#7 of 33 Re: Any new powertrains coming for 2007? [poncho167]
May 06, 2006 (8:01 am)
Most likely the supercharged model will be manual transmission only since that engine is not available in automatic with the Cobalt. I guess that will be OK for hot rodders.
The 2.4 would probably be fine if it had a 5-speed automatic instead of that old 4-speed. A couple more mpg and a little better acceleration without having to drive and try to resell a manual transission model down the road.
The very heavy weight of the HHR is probably what causes the sluggish performance and so-so fuel economy.
The Edmunds review tested the HHR with the 2.4 engine and automatic at 0-60 of 9.5 seconds. That seems just adequate if a little slow.
If the 2.4 is that slow, then the 2.2 with automatic must really be dangerously slow for merging onto highways with a load of passengers.
A V6 would be nicer and would move the vehicle's weight around without working as hard, but their V6s probably don't fit the engine department or they would offer one.
#8 of 33 Re: Any new powertrains coming for 2007? [jaxs1]
May 06, 2006 (5:31 pm)
Well, to put it in some perspective....in 1978 I bought a brand new Corvette off the showroom floor....L48...180 HP 3400 lbs....the 2LT is 172 HP 3200 lbs. The Vette got 16 mpg. Today when I filled up the 2LT the DIC said 27.9 mpg the trip meter said 279 miles...I chugged it till it was ready to overflow....10.0004 gallons = 27.9 mpg ..just like the DIC said.
So jaxs1, what vehicle out there, well loaded, station wagon like, that really get 27.9 mpg, for <$20K beats the 2LT?
#9 of 33 Re: Any new powertrains coming for 2007? [smogdung]
May 06, 2006 (9:02 pm)
Vibe, Mazda5 etc. etc..
Chevy just should not put engines designed for the much lighter Cobalts into such a very heavy vehicle as the HHR.
Or maybe the HHR just shouldn't be as heavy as it is and then the Cobalt engines wouldn't have to struggle to move that weight around as much as they do.
#10 of 33 Re: Any new powertrains coming for 2007? [smogdung]
May 06, 2006 (9:30 pm)
Put a 2.0L diesel in the HHR and I'll buy one in a heart beat.