While Chevy may not be primarily known for its small cars, the 2009 Chevrolet Aveo continues to attract interest as an affordable subcompact sedan. Despite being the smallest car in the Chevrolet family, the Aveo offers ample cargo space, plenty of headroom, and a comfortable ride. Along with the standard LS model, the 2009 Aveo also offers 1LT and 2LT trim levels. Standard features include front drive, power steering, cloth seats, and an AM/FM radio. The 1LT trim additions include air-conditioning and a CD player, while the 2LT trim includes cruise control, satellite radio, power mirrors, and remote keyless entry.
Built by GM’s South Korean subsidiary Daewoo, the Aveo sedan went through a full overhaul for 2008. While the Chevrolet Aveo5 hatchback received a more thorough redesigning in 2009, the Aveo sedan remains largely unchanged from previous years. However, the 2009 Aveo does boast a handful of notable upgrades and improvements.
The revised Ecotec engine with variable valve timing marks the most significant change to the 2009 Chevy Aveo. This upgrade provides greater fuel efficiency overall. It also boosts the engine’s horsepower by four, increasing the model’s output to 107 horsepower and 106 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual transmission comes standard, with an optional four-speed automatic available for the LT models. A one-year subscription to OnStar, along with some improved style and entertainment features, completes the package for the 2009 Chevrolet Aveo.
Body styles: sedan
Engines: 1.6-liter I-4
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Aveo LS, Chevrolet Aveo 1LT, Chevrolet Aveo 2LT
Chevrolet has revised the Aveo’s four-cylinder engine to include variable valve timing. Since this improves fuel efficiency, the already affordable sedan is now even more economical. While 2009 brings few stylistic changes to the Aveo, the sedan does boast an updated interior design, an auxiliary audio jack, and one year of OnStar service. Satellite radio comes on the 2LT model.
As always, the Chevy Aveo represents one of the most affordable cars in the subcompact crowd. While better fuel efficiency boosts its appeal for 2009, its overall quality still leaves it in the middle of the pack. At the end of the day, the Aveo’s main appeal remains a decent driving experience at a very competitive price.
The Aveo features an attractive but unassuming exterior with smooth, modern aesthetics. Chevy offers 10 exterior paint colors for all 2009 models. For an additional sporty touch, all trim levels also include a rear spoiler. Fourteen-inch wheels come standard on the LS and 1LT models, with 15-inch wheels available on the 2LT. The Aveo’s modest exterior dimensions make it ideal for commuting in the city, or simply getting around town.
The 2009 Chevrolet Aveo sedan maintains all the interior features from its previous overhaul, including wood grain or metallic trim and a practical dashboard control layout. The Aveo accommodates up to five people. It features cloth bucket seats in the front and theater-style seating in the rear, with a 60/40-split back seat that folds forward for greater cargo space. Despite its small exterior appearance, the Aveo offers a roomy and comfortable interior. The front interior space measures 50 cubic feet, with 41 cubic feet of space in the rear and plenty of headroom all around.
Performance & Handling
With 107 horsepower and 106 lb-ft of torque, the 2009 Chevrolet Aveo’s 1.6-liter engine is far from the most impressive machine on the road. It has little to show off in the way of strength. However, this sedan does offer strong overall dynamics for everyday driving, with sturdy suspension and direct steering. While manual transmission comes standard on the Aveo, the wide gear ratios lower the car’s power and fuel economy on highway grades. For this reason, we recommend opting for the automatic transmission on the LT model to maximize fuel efficiency.
Front seat side airbags with dual deployment come standard in all 2009 Aveo models. However, unlike many other subcompact cars, the Aveo does not offer side curtain airbags. Chevy offers anti-lock brakes as an option on the LT model with automatic transmission. All trim levels come with a one-year subscription to GM’s OnStar service.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Aveo LS: 27/34 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Aveo 1LT: 27/34 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Aveo 2LT: 27/34 mpg city/highway
- Low initial price
- Good fuel economy
- Interior space
You Won't Like
- Low engine power
- Few standard features
- Wide gear ratios
- No side curtain airbags
Does not offer racecar power, but a comfortable ride for the price.
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