Chevrolet Aveo

A good choice for a driver’s first car, the Chevrolet Aveo offers high-tech gadgets and youthful paint colors marketed toward young drivers. Originally sold for just under $10,000, the Aveo remains an affordable option for drivers.

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Chevrolet AveoOrigins

The Chevrolet Aveo was introduced in 2004 as a competitor in the subcompact market. Its major competitors included the Honda Fit, Nissan Versa, and Hyundai Accent. Originally designed by GM Daewoo and produced in South Korea, Chevrolet sold the model worldwide under various names.The Aveo has been a surprising success for Chevrolet. For the 2012 model year, it has been greatly improved, redesigned and renamed the Sonic, though that is considered a separate model. It offers good fuel economy, efficient maneuverability, and a decent ride.

Chevrolet Aveo Features

Equipped with standard 14-inch steel wheels and sporting GM’s Ecotec 1.6-liter, 108 horsepower engine, the Chevrolet Aveo comes with a standard five-speed manual transmission. It can go from zero to 60 mph in 10.7 seconds. Drivers may prefer to purchase the optional automatic transmission. The car experiences brisk acceleration at city speeds but does not contain the horsepower to speed up and pass on highway access ramps. However, many believe that the manual transmission does give the car a bit of an edge in this department.

Mileage estimates for the Chevrolet Aveo are 27/35 mpg city/highway with the manual transmission. Automatic transmission gas mileage is 25/34 mpg city/highway. This falls short of some of the Aveo’s competitors.

The Aveo offers MacPherson strut front independent suspension and torsion beam rear suspension. Additional features in the Chevrolet Aveo include a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, 12-volt front power outlet(s), power steering, hands-free calling, roadside assistance, destination guidance, and destination download. OnStar is provided for six months at no charge; a subscription is required for continued use.

Two distinct trim packages are available for the Chevrolet Aveo: LS and LT.The LS trim package includes air-conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry, CD/MP3 player, sunroof, anti-lock brakes, power windows, 15-inch steel wheels, and carpeted floor mats. The LT trim package, available only on the Aveo sedan, includes most of the LS options as standard items and an upgraded audio system and leatherette seating.

The Aveo offers ample head room due to its height. The 60/40 split folding rear seat increases room for cargo. The trunk provides 12.4 cubic feet of storage space. The Chevrolet Aveo5 is the name of the hatchback model.

Chevrolet Aveo Evolution

In 2005, Chevy offered three different models of the Aveo: the SVM (Special Value Model), the LS, and the LT. New to all models of this year is black roof-pillar trim. In addition, the LS and LT models offer air-conditioning standard and anti-lock braking systems as an option. The SVM and LS have restyled wheel covers, and the most elite model, the LT, includes alloy wheels, heated mirrors, power windows and locks, and an optional sunroof.

In 2006, Chevy was forced to up its game as Toyota, Nissan, and Honda all released new cars in the Aveo’s class. The 2006 Chevrolet Aveo comes standard with front airbags and optional 15-inch wheels. The standard LT includes more upgraded standards in the form of remote keyless entry and cruise control. These features also come as an option on the LS model.

The following year, Aveo sedans were made three inches longer but maintained the same wheelbase. These cars boast updated interior and exterior styling. They include a new audio system and center armrest. All sedans also include a digital audio player plug-in as a standard. Additionally, the basic SVM 2007 model comes only as a four-door hatchback and isrenamed the Aveo5.

In 2008, Chevrolet began offering 15-inch wheels on its LS sedans. The next year, the brand restyled the hatchbacks and began offering OnStar assistance standard with every vehicle. The four-cylinder engine also has modifications to increase fuel economy. Then, in 2010, the entire line received a slight (2 horsepower) increase.

Select a Chevrolet Aveo Year

2011 Chevrolet Aveo

Compact, Sedan

The addition of standard cabin air filtration and two new exterior colors are the only changes for the 2011 Aveo. The new colors are Silver Ice Metallic and Summit White. “New GM” promises the ’12 Aveo launching in early 2011, will transform the Chevy into a world-class subcompact. Until then, expect heavy discounts and incentives to clear the lots of this model.

2010 Chevrolet Aveo

Compact, Sedan

2009 Chevrolet Aveo

Compact, Sedan

While Chevy may not be primarily known for its small cars, the 2009 Chevrolet Aveo continues to attract interest as an affordable subcompact sedan.

2008 Chevrolet Aveo

Compact, Sedan

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.

2007 Chevrolet Aveo

Compact, Hatchback, Sedan

2006 Chevrolet Aveo

Compact, Hatchback, Sedan

Today’s passion for small vehicles may have been powered by the 2006 Chevrolet Aveo and other cars in its class.

2005 Chevrolet Aveo

Compact, Hatchback, Sedan

The 2005 Chevrolet Aveo serves as a very competitive subcompact car with a surprising amount of room.

2004 Chevrolet Aveo

Compact, Hatchback, Sedan

An affordable price tag makes the 2004 Chevrolet Aveo a very attractive entry-level car.