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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.
Favorite Features

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 709 Ratings for the 2004 - 2010 models.

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

Totally usable commuter car. Very RED in color

By on Friday, April 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,900

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great overall economy"

Cons: "Not a family car. The back seat is tight."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

Oblique view of driver's side

"I bought this vehicle as a commuter car and have driven it for four years. My commute is relatively short, hence the low mileage. I have had zero problems, that's ZERO problems with this vehicle. It is no race car but can deliver surprising punch when ask to. It is a small car and not really suited for long cross country trips."

Oblique view of driver's side

Totally usable commuter car. Very RED in color

By on Friday, April 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,900

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great overall economy"

Cons: "Not a family car. The back seat is tight."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

Oblique view of driver's side

"I bought this vehicle as a commuter car and have driven it for four years. My commute is relatively short, hence the low mileage. I have had zero problems, that's ZERO problems with this vehicle. It is no race car but can deliver surprising punch when ask to. It is a small car and not really suited for long cross country trips."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Oblique view of driver's side

Worst engine timing belt situation ever conceived

By on Wednesday, April 02, 2014

I don't own this car

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "decent body, fair handling, comfortable seat(pass)"

Cons: "Lousy timing belt design prone to anytime failure!"

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

"We just for all practical purposes lost our 2005 Aveo on 03/31/14 because of lousy plastic parts in the timing belt housing. we weren't "racing" or any such destructive driving.This is no doubt a critical error in the timing belt mechanics. What can you say about a car that has a decent body and interior but can self-destruct at any time, and at any mileage regardless of the timing belt replacement. Well I'm happy to say we will never drive another Aveo again!"

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Great car for a great price!

By on Tuesday, April 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

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: "Hope to enjoy for another 8 years."

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

"I purchased my vehicle new from the dealership in April of 2006 and still have it to this day (April 2014). It came equip with a spoiler, a/c, power steering, power windows, am/fm/cd radio, and cruise control. It drives beautifully and for a high school student purchasing a first car it was affordable and easy to maintain. I have only needed to do minor work on the vehicle (oil change, new tires, spark plugs, etc) but it still runs and drives like a dream."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Best investment ever!

By on Sunday, March 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 196,000

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
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great value for the money."

Cons: "Wears tires out quickly"

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

"I bought this car in 2007 for $8900 new on the lot. It is just a plain basic car with nothing fancy. The only maintenance that I have had to do is changing the timing belt, spark plugs, servicing fluids, and oil changes. It now has 196000 miles on it and runs like it did when new. I recently checked the brake pads, and they are still in good shape. These are still the original brakes. The only problem that I have with it is that it will eat a set of tires in 20,000 miles, even if the alignment is good and the tires get rotated frequently. This has been the best investment I have made in a car. I would definitely buy another like it."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Dependable car with good gas mileage

By on Saturday, March 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Great price, good gas mileage, nice safety feature"

Cons: "No cruise control option, low power"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"My Aveo has been reliable and gets good gas mileage. It's a good car for getting where I need to go, and it's always easy to find a parking space! The biggest drawback for me is that it doesn't come with cruise control, and can't even have it added. It has a nice, tight turn radius, but doesn't feel comfortable at higher speeds. Everything is manual, but the low cost makes it worth it. I would buy this car again if I could get cruise control."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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