The 2005 Chevrolet Aveo serves as a very competitive subcompact car with a surprising amount of room. If price is a deciding factor when buying a new car, then the Aveo makes an excellent choice. The high fuel economy adds another bonus. Surprisingly, even though it classifies as a compact car, the Aveo’s interior remains spacious and comfortable, even for a large person. The tilt steering wheel and height-adjustable driver’s seat make it easier to get comfortable.
Body Styles: Sedan, Hatchback
Engines: 1.6-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual
Models: Aveo Special Value, Aveo LS, Aveo LT
In 2005, Chevrolet increases the powertrain warranty from three years or 36,000 miles, to five years or 60,000 miles. The Special Value model, which marks a very basic version model, joins the lineup. The LT trim model also adds more standard features. In addition, the spoiler is redesigned on the LT trim model and comes as an option for the LS trim. Alloy wheels come standard on the LT.
The 2005 Chevrolet Aveo looks curvy enough to prevent it from being boxy. It stands taller than usual for a subcompact car, which adds more headroom. The added height allows the rear seats to be mounted higher, resulting in a better forward view for passengers. The front has a small grille and big rectangular wrap around the headlights.
The 2005 Chevrolet Aveo has a very nice finish with quality chrome and paint. The 14-inch wheels sit very close to the corners of the body with limited hangover. This makes parking in very small places extremely easy. A sunroof and aluminum wheels remain optional for all models.
Climbing into the 2005 Chevrolet Aveo proves difficult, especially for a large person. Once inside it feels amazingly roomy and comfortable with seating for five passengers. The seats are supportive with durable cloth covering. The interior features keep things simple, but include all of the necessities like cup holders. The controls lay out in a logical and convenient pattern. In addition, surprising little added features that come standard include a slot for holding claim tickets. Another space-enhancing feature comes in the form of folding rear seats that make room for more cargo. In the hatchback model, the back seat bottom can flip forward after folding the seatback flat, increasing the cargo area to 40 cubic feet. The four-door sedan has a split-folding rear seat.
The LS trim does not have, nor does it offer, power windows, locks, or mirrors. The LS and LT trims come standard with air-conditioning, an air filtration system, a rear-window defogger, an AM/FM stereo, a tilt steering wheel, a remote open trunk, a gas filler door, and vanity mirrors.
The LT adds power locks and windows, a CD player, and MP3 playback capability to the standard features.
Performance & Handling
The 2005 Chevrolet Aveo proves easy to maneuver. However, the manual transmission can be difficult to shift and put in reverse. If you need a lot of power, you will not find it in the 2005 Chevrolet Aveo, but the great gas mileage might make up for it. Although the rear seats feel surprisingly roomy, passengers feel close to the pavement and potholes can feel very rough. It would not be a good idea to put good friends in the rear seat on a long trip.
The 2005 Chevrolet Aveo earns five out of five stars for reliability of all its mechanical systems.
2005 Chevrolet Aveo standard safety features on all models include driver and front airbags, child security rear locks, knee bolster for the driver, and daytime running lights.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awards the 2005 Chevrolet Aveo five out of five stars for driver front impact collisions, three out of five stars for driver side-impact collisions, five out of five stars for passenger front impact, three out of five stars for passenger side impact, and four out of five stars for rollovers.
EPA Fuel Economy
Aveo: 27/35 mpg city/highway
- Low price
- Roomy interior
- Large cargo area
- Logical control layout
You Won't Like
- Lack of power
- Side airbags not available
- Difficult manual shifter
A competitive, fun, and basic subcompact car.
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