The Chevrolet Aveo, a subcompact car, first entered production in 2002 and replaced the Chevrolet Metro in the North American market and the Daewoo Lanos in South Korea. The Aveo has a front-engine, front-wheel-drive layout and is still in production. Body styles included the three-door hatchback, the four-door sedan, and the five-door hatchback, with a number of different versions available in different markets around the world.
Pricing, convenient city driving, and good gas mileage are perhaps the most attractive features of all of the Aveo models. Another huge plus is the Aveo’s standard 100,000-mile warranty. Other features specific to the 2008 Aveo include an upgraded interior on the LT model as well as more options than previous years, and improved and all-around excellent front and rear visibility.
Though pricing is still very low, it did increase with the 2008 lineup, and some of the Aveo’s direct compact and subcompact competitors are now less expensive. To add to this, many of these same competitors have better fuel economy. Critics and consumers also note the cheap interior controls on base models, uncomfortable seating, and the lack of side-curtain airbags.
The 2008 Chevrolet Aveo is still a dependable and affordable subcompact vehicle, which includes a 100,000-mile warranty. With the increased pricing, you also get better performance, a more attractive exterior, and higher quality options. The 2008 Aveo is a great car for convenient city driving, first-time car owners, or anyone on a budget.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 1.6-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic with overdrive, five-speed manual with overdrive
Models: LS sedan, LT sedan
The 2008 Aveo saw a few changes from the previous year’s lineup, including available sedan and hatchback models, standard side-impact airbags. Premium options also became available on the Aveo for the first time.
Some of this model’s most notable features include larger headlights, a more prominent chrome grille, body-colored bumpers and side molding, and optional chrome handles. Fourteen-inch wheels come standard, and 15-inch wheels are available on upgraded models.
The 2008 Aveo has a two-tone dashboard and chrome trim around the air vents. The stereo control cluster is updated. There are two basic trims: the LS and the LT. The LS has standard power steering, air conditioning, foglights, and adjustable head restraints. The higher end LT has more features, including power windows and door locks, available remote keyless entry, available imitation wood trim and faux leather seats, and a power moonroof. It should be noted that a CD player is not standard on either model, but a CD player or six-disc CD changer is optional with some vehicles.
Performance & Handling
If you are looking for a fast and powerful vehicle, you won’t find it in the Aveo. While some describe the driving experience as fun, it really is engineered more toward convenience and fuel efficiency. The 2008 models have a 103-horsepower 1.6-liter regular gas engine and are available as either a four-speed automatic with overdrive or a five-speed manual with overdrive.
Safety features on the 2008 Aveo include front- and side-impact airbags for the front seats, front disc and rear drum brakes, optional ABS, and a standard tire pressure monitoring system.
EPA Fuel Economy
2008 Chevrolet Aveo: 24/34 mpg city/highway
- Gas mileage
- Upgraded interior
- More options
You Won't Like
- Low-quality controls
- Uncomfortable interior
- No side-curtain airbags
Dependable, but with a higher price tag than some of the vehicles in its class.
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