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2009 Chevrolet Aveo5 Review
A bare-basics subcompact at a budget price.
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The 2009 Chevrolet Aveo5 is the hatchback model of Chevrolet’s smallest and most affordable car. A full 15 inches shorter than the Aveo sedan, the Aveo5 boasts great maneuverability and parking ease, making it a great option for city driving on a budget. While sharing many features and specs with the Aveo sedan, the Aveo5 received a full overhaul for 2009, with the same updates given to the Aveo in 2007.
Like the Aveo sedan, Daewoo (GM’s Korean subsidiary) assembles the Aveo5. The 2009 Chevy Aveo5 comes in three trim models: the LS, the 1LT, and the 2LT. It also features the same revised 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing and improved fuel economy. The 2009 Aveo5 has a fully made-over interior, with higher-quality materials, wood or metallic trim, additional storage, power steering, an AM/FM radio, and GM’s OnStar all coming standard. Some major features, such as air-conditioning, a CD player, power windows, and remote keyless entry, come optional with the higher trim levels.
With the improved engine and full range of cosmetic and practical upgrades, the 2009 Aveo5 has a more refined look and feel than in past years. While it remains a budget vehicle, the 2009 makeover puts it more on par with other subcompact and hatchback vehicles.
Engines: 1.6-liter I-4
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Aveo5 LS, Chevrolet Aveo5 1LT, Chevrolet Aveo5 2LT
The 2009 Chevy Aveo5 gains a touch of luxury with the availability of wood grain trim, along with a driver armrest, light coloring, and an easy-to-navigate dashboard control layout. The upgraded 1.6-liter engine with variable valve timing provides a boost for fuel efficiency, making the Aveo5 an even more economical choice. The car also gains four horsepower, raising it to 107 hp and 106 lb-ft of torque. Other new features include an auxiliary audio jack, a range of color options for both the interior and exterior, and satellite radio with the 2LT trim. GM’s OnStar system also comes standard in all Aveo5 models, with one year of service provided.
While the 2009 Chevy Aveo5 does not lead its class, the improvements this year do make it a more notable player, providing a greater range of options for a low initial price.
The Aveo5 has a classic, sporty look, although the front end looks a bit boxy compared to some other hatchbacks. The 2009 model claims a larger split grille, along with a redesigned rear end and less pronounced wheel arches. Its compact size greatly benefits maneuverability. There are 10 exterior colors available for the Aveo5. Fourteen-inch wheels come standard on the LS and 1LT models, with 15-inch wheels on the 2LT.
2009 brings some significant improvements to the Aveo5’s interior design. Higher-quality materials on the dashboard give this budget car a more luxurious feel. Even with its compact stature, the Aveo5 offers a decent amount of interior space: a full 42 cubic feet with the rear seats down, plus plenty of headroom. Like the Aveo sedan, the Aveo5 also features a 60/40-split-folding rear seat. With its nearly vertical back end, however, this hatchback provides a very limited amount of cargo space. While the Aveo5 will suffice for running errands and commuting to work, it might prove a bit too cramped for longer road trips. An auxiliary audio jack now comes as a standard feature in all models, with satellite radio available in the 2LT model.
Performance & Handling
The Aveo5’s modest four-cylinder engine proves adequate for the car’s size. It has a standard five-speed manual transmission, but also offers a four-speed automatic transmission with smooth, prompt shifting. This car handles well at lower speeds but loses some of its grace and precision on a highway grade.
While all 2009 Aveo5 models have front airbags and front-seat-mounted side airbags, they do not offer the side curtain airbags found standard in many other cars in this class. Chevy offers anti-lock brakes with automatic transmission models. The GM OnStar system comes standard in all Aveo5 models.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Aveo5 1LT: 27/34 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Aveo5 2LT: 27/34 mpg city/highway
- Low price
- Great maneuverability
- Comfortable and quiet ride
- Cute, sporty appearance
You Won't Like
- Limited cargo space
- Low engine power
- Few standard features
A bare-basics subcompact at a budget price.
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