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2007 Chevrolet Aveo

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2007 Chevrolet Aveo Review

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Chevrolet brings its re-designed entry-level, economy subcompact four-door Aveo into dealerships as a slew of other fuel-efficient small sedans race into showrooms to beat the continuing gas crunch. Appealing to its target buyers by matching marketing strategies with webcasts for the digital generation, the affordable Aveo model line is aimed at first-time buyers, young singles, small families and train-station commuters.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for budget-conscious, basic transportation that doesn't pretend to be something it isn't, you'll like the Aveo LT. Practical, utilitarian and with no complicated high-tech systems to learn, the little sedan is also a good choice for RVers looking for a haul-behind car. Another plus: The high seating position for driver and passenger.

You May Not Like This Car If...

You may not like the LT if you expect instant response from the automatic transmission. You may also find that child carseats are the best bet for occupying the back seat. With the front seats all the way back, there is very minimal legroom for rear-seat passengers.

What's Significant About This Car?

Barely two-and-a-half years after its 2004 debut, the Aveo has undergone a complete exterior makeover, while the interior is not only wider, taller and longer, but also fully equipped with a few standard and optional features not found on competitive cars in its price range, such as the Kia Rio, Scion xA, Hyundai Accent, Suzuki Aerio, Honda Fit and Nissan Yaris.

Driving the Aveo

Driving Impressions Driving a car as uncomplicated as the Aveo LT releases you from constantly checking the myriad of messages on lavish instrument panels in pricier cars. With an eye occasionally on...

the speedometer, the driver is free to enjoy the surprising capabilities of the Aveo LT's zippy little 103-horsepower engine once you reach your preferred cruising pace. There is no available stability-control system, although anti-lock brakes (ABS) are an option. A slight lean is noticeable on corners taken at speed but the overall driving experience is precise and pleasant, with the car holding the line during straight, hard braking. As to be expected from this category of car, some tire, wind and engine noise is par for the course.

Input Jack
With an eye on youthful buyers who enjoy music 24/7, the Aveo LT has an auxiliary input jack for iPods and other music players and electronic devices. The sound is carried through the car radio and six speakers with exceptional quality.

Fuel Economy
Saving on gas bills is high on everyone's list and Aveo buyers are obviously looking for this benefit. The LT's automatic transmission rewards you with 26 mpg city and 34 mpg highway, depending on road conditions and driving style.

2007 Chevrolet Aveo Details
2007 Chevrolet Aveo photo Interior

Small touches of metallic grain and satin chrome trim give an upscale look to the interior. Front seats with tilt headrests, storage pockets in doors and seatbacks, a sunglass holder and six-way adjustable driver's seat are features you'd expect in a higher-priced car. The dashboard is a masterpiece of simplicity, clearly showing all the information the driver needs to get from point A to point B. The front passenger seat reclines and, with a trunk capacity of 12.4 cubic feet and rear 60/40-split seats that fold almost flat, there's plenty of room for the longest skis.

Exterior
2007 Chevrolet Aveo photo

For what it is, a full-featured economy subcompact built by General Motors Daewoo in Korea, the Aveo LT is a competently-designed four-door whose sheetmetal blends smoothly together to present a neat package. The V-shaped hood and strong grille reveal its Chevrolet heritage and emphasize its wide stance. Large "shoulders" over the wheels, oversized front and rear lights and a height of almost five feet gives it the appearance of a larger sedan.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Despite its low-end status, the Aveo LT houses a surprising amount of useful equipment found on more expensive cars, including remote keyless entry with alarm, cruise control, air conditioning with rear vents, side airbags and power heated sideview mirrors. The remote trunk release saves time fumbling with keys and the rear window defogger, tilt steering column and headrests are unexpected extra conveniences. Music lovers will appreciate the LT's standard CD/MP3 player and 180-watt six-speaker system. Power windows and door locks lift this model above many of its manual-handle, similarly-priced competitors.

Optional Equipment

Chevrolet's Hold-Control four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive uses adaptive-shift technology. It helps to reduce wheel spin and loss of traction by allowing the driver to manually select a different gear so that torque to the wheels is reduced, much as with a true manual transmission. Like audio controls at your fingertips? The LT installs them at thumb level on the steering wheel. Other options include a sunroof, leatherette seats, fog lamps, a rear spoiler, an engine block heater and an anti-theft system.

Under the Hood

General Motors' 16-valve four-cylinder engine powers the Aveo LT, producing 103 horsepower. An electronic throttle control and variable induction system help maximize power across the rpm range for consistency and fuel economy, and the four-speed automatic transmission's Hold Control mode provides a pseudo-manual operation the driver can select for sportier or more controlled driving. The re-tuned 2007 suspension helps with handling.

1.6-liter in-line 4
103 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
107 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/37 (manual), 26/34 (automatic)

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2007 Chevrolet Aveo Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.0
Out of 10

Based on 727 Ratings for the 2004 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.7/10
    Quality
    7.1/10
  • Reliability
    7.8/10
    Performance
    7.2/10
  • Comfort
    7.4/10
    Styling
    7.5/10

I love this car

By on Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 56,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "great gas mileage,versatile storage,reliable"

Cons: "rough ride, noisy,seats don't fold flat"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We bought this new in 06 and the most we have done is tires and tune-ups, the ride is kinda' rough and the seat cushions are thin. My husband gets about 30 mpg and if we were not looking for comfort and a smooth ride at our advanced ages we would keep this car until the wheels fell off."

Great little car

By on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "A lot. Very great car for the price."

Cons: "Mileage is just ok."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car is great. I have had it for 8 years now and I love it. It had some issues with the belts after 6 years but other than that, its been perfect. I would buy this car again. I think the only complaint I have is that gas mileage isnt all that fantastic for the size of the car. There could be lots of factors for this but it just seems to me that the vehicle should get about 5 more MPG's than it does."

Best Little Car We have ever owned!

By on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun little car to drive."

Cons: "Can't find any ...."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This little car has been problem free and a charm to own. No bells or whistles, very simple to drive. Great pick-up and power for a little car. Great gas mileage and regular maintenance has been inexpensive. We would buy another one if they were still being made."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Vehicle rides well and gets cool quick. Gas mile++

By on Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 39,622

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great gas milege"

Cons: "Everything is automatic"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"For the money you really cant beat the price. You get a dependable car that rides smooth and cools you down quickly. I have never had a car that gets better gas mileage. The only bad thing about this car is 3 tiny rust spots (pupil size or less). The only reason I gave it a 8 out of 10 is because it's automatic. I get the car serviced when needed and keep it in excellent running condition."

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

An adequate vehicle for in-town use.

By on Saturday, July 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "Adequate in that the vehicle meets basic needs."

Cons: "accelleration--less than stellar gas mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"My Chevy Aveo LT is a vehicle equal to daily use in and around town. Its little 4-cylinder engine looks like a bread box. The car is OK on gas, averaging 23 mpg around town. The ride is poor overall, making you familiar with every small irregularity in the road surface. It's rather like sitting on a box of rocks as you drive. The cabin has adequate room for my 6'3", but is noisy. Steering is OK. Accelleration is poor--probably because of the little 4 cylinder front wheel drive power train. I wouldn't want to take this car on a cross-country trip, but it is adequate--barely--for around-town transport. VERY basic transportation."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

I love my little run about.

By on Saturday, June 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great Econo car"

Cons: "No A/C"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have had this car for 9 years when I bought it from the dealer. It has had only minor inexpensive repairs. The only thing I wish I had with this car is A/C but I opted out of it in the purchase. It is a no frills economy car that has worked wonder driving me up and down the west coast. 37 miles per gallon on the freeway and even manages well in the snow."

13 people out of 18 found this review helpful

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