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2009 Chevrolet Aveo

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2009 Chevrolet Aveo Review

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The 2009 Chevrolet Aveo, a smartly styled subcompact, offers excellent fuel economy, a long list of standard features and a bargain-basement price. The Aveo's appeal extends to budget-conscious first-time buyers, anyone on a limited income and unhappy SUV owners looking for an affordable and fuel-efficient way of getting to and from the office. Available as a sedan or sporty five-door hatchback, the Aveo's uncommonly high roof means tall occupants can sit comfortably in both front and rear, a major bonus for those who might stay clear of some small cars due to their cramped interiors.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for budget-conscious, efficient basic transportation you'll like the 2009 Chevrolet Aveo. 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...

If you're seeking a small car that can also perform like a sports car, the Aveo's economy-minded engine and suspension may leave you wanting more. You may also find that properly-secured children are the best bet for occupying the rear seat. With the front seats all the way back, there is very minimal legroom for rear-seat passengers.

What's New for 2009

The Aveo5 gets a new grille and minor interior updates, while all Aveo models now feature a more powerful 1.6-liter engine. New standard equipment includes OnStar, variable windshield wipers and an auxiliary audio input jack. A new 15-inch alloy wheel is available on 2LT trims, as is charcoal leatherette seating and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

Driving the Aveo
Driving Impressions

Driving a car as uncomplicated as the 2009 Chevrolet Aveo releases you from constantly checking the myriad of messages or dealing with the intricate controls found on the 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's miserly 106-horsepower engine. 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.

Auxiliary Audio Input Jack
With an eye on youthful buyers who enjoy music 24/7, even the most basic Aveo has an auxiliary input jack for iPods and other music players and electronic devices.

Fuel Economy
Saving on fuel bills is high on many folks' lists and Aveo buyers are obviously looking for this benefit. The LT with automatic transmission rewards you with 25 mpg city and 34 mpg highway, depending upon road conditions and driving style.

2009 Chevrolet Aveo Details
2009 Chevrolet Aveo photo Interior

With small touches of metallic grain, satin chrome trim and a faux leather interior, the Aveo LT retains an upscale look uncommon in this class. 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 simplicity at its best, clearly showing all the information the driver needs. 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 in the sedan and feature a flip-and-fold-flat design in the five-door, there's plenty of room for good-sized boxes or long, skinny stuff like skis.

Exterior

A full-featured economy subcompact built by General Motors Daewoo in Korea, the Aveo is a competently-designed four-door with sheetmetal that blends smoothly together to present a neat package. The Malibu-inspired V-shaped hood and split 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 give it the appearance of a larger sedan.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Despite its entry-level status, the 2009 Chevrolet Aveo offers a surprisingly high level of standard equipment, including front side-impact airbags, height-adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support, tilt wheel, interior releases for trunk and fuel door, variable wipers, OnStar and a rear window defogger. The upscale 2LT trim adds air conditioning, remote keyless entry with alarm, 15-inch wheels, cruise control and power and heated mirrors. Music lovers will appreciate the standard CD/MP3 player and 180-watt six-speaker system with auxiliary input jack. Power windows and door locks lift this model above many of its similarly-priced competitors.

Optional Equipment

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

Under the Hood

General Motors' 16-valve four-cylinder engine powers every 2009 Aveo and produces 106 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.

1.6-liter in-line 4
106 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
106 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/34 (manual), 25/34 (automatic)

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2009 Chevrolet Aveo Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.0
Out of 10

Based on 765 Ratings for the 2004 - 2010 models.

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  • Value
    7.7/10
    Quality
    7.1/10
  • Reliability
    7.7/10
    Performance
    7.1/10
  • Comfort
    7.3/10
    Styling
    7.4/10

good little gas saver

By on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 225,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "gas saver"

Cons: "no frills inside"

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

"I commute 70 miles one way to work and needed an economical car. This little car with a manual transmission gave me 30-35 miles per gallon depending on the speed. No frills inside, basic roll up windows and after market radio/CD. Timing belt goes about 60,000 miles and can blow the engine but if you keep on top of that it will run a long time. I have 225,000 miles on this car, over 125,000 on second engine and now need some ball joints and strut work. I have had it for 8 years, and total age of car is 12 years. All in all I think this is pretty good for a disposable type little car that cost $7000. used."

7 people out of 12 found this review helpful

An excellent consideration for a used subcompact.

By on Monday, February 1, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 116,960

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Efficient, Affordable, Fun, Welcoming, Comfortable"

Cons: "Intrusive and Unpolished Tech, Unhelpful Manual"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"The Chevrolet Aveo5 has been a miraculous find for me. I ended up with it because my grandmother bought a new car, and gave to us the 2008 Jeep Liberty that she'd been driving for so many years before. I loved it, but the gas mileage on it was just too much to support continuously. So I set out car shopping for anything with better fuel efficiency, which led me right into the subcompact market with a ride in a 2007 Aveo sedan. I loved it... but 2007 was too far back, for me, and it already had over 100,000 miles on it, with some additional repair work that needed done. So I gave just about every other model from the vehicle class a ride: 2009 Toyota Yaris, 2010 Nissan Versa, Honda Fit, and Hyundai Accent, and a 2011 Ford Fiesta. But I just didn't quite like them as much as the Aveo, and so I was happy to find a 2010 2LT hatchback -- which I prefer, anyway -- at another dealership nearby. And so, I took it. It was a great decision. The top priority on subcompacts, and the reason I started looking, is gas mileage. My Aveo was owned by one other person before, and came in to me at the early 63,000 miles range. The first half-tank of gas ran for almost a week, at several half-hour trips back and forth between my rural residence and my hometown. Since then, a couple of other attempts at second cars have come and gone for my family, but the Aveo has stood prompt; even with its status as primary method of transportation for a family of six, the gas mileage has rarely declined below the EPA's estimates. I've recently had its transmission flushed, but even before, it almost always matched the 28 MPG combined that an automatic equipped is supposed to get. And with a good brand and quality of gas, it's often more than that. City and town driving, which is a frequent enough occasion in my travels, is especially impressive; it's rare to get only the guessed 25 MPG. The highway sometimes feels like a struggle, but the calculations and miles tracking always turn up as expected: 34, at the very minimum... and again, often more. As a general rule, people don't look to economy cars for an extremely sporty performance, even though some of them are improving that (including the Aveo's second generation model, the Sonic), but the Aveo doesn't struggle on the road. Its 108 horsepower engine doesn't sound like a lot, but I've never found the Aveo to lack for confidence in crowded cities or speedy highways. It's not a performance vehicle, but its four-speed automatic transmission is securely smooth, and the whole power train responds well enough to a sudden punch to be comfortable. For the most part, the suspension is intelligently balanced between taking road imperfections in stride, and delivering a moderately engaging turn; taking the Aveo around a corner can actually be kind of exciting, especially on a country road with wide turning space. On a snowy or icy day, it needs a bit of time to get up to speed, but it isn't exactly a slow vehicle. And once it's rolling, it's more ready to go than its specs on paper might make one think. Similar to its surprising performance, its interior offers some surprising comfort. It's not a luxury SUV anymore than it is a performance car, but my hatchback came with a charcoal-colored deluxe cloth and carpeted mats that compliment each other, and create a pleasant place to spend time while going from place to place. The simplicity of its radio, temperature, and driving controls make for a welcoming feeling because they aren't intimidating or daunting to look at, and they provide a certain sense of satisfaction for how well they get a simple job done. To boot, the car is roomy on the inside; it took me a while to really register its small-looking size from the outside with its large-feeling interior. All six of us have, on occasion, climbed inside the Aveo, and ridden for short distances with a relative degree of comfort; when going places with friends or a couple of dates, loading up into the Aveo has been no problem. And in terms of cargo, the Aveo is always the choice for the hauling; its folding seats give it room to carry large things like massage beds and fire wood, or groceries for six with one family member still sitting in the 40-seat of the 60/40 split-folders. The Aveo hatchback gets it done. It's not an unattractive car, either. It's pretty obvious from looking at it that it isn't a top-ten fashion model, but it mostly manages to avoid the bare-bones box-on-wheels look. It's height makes it seem commanding, and its swept headlights pair up with its wide two-split grille for a steadfast appearance that I didn't think a lot of other subcompacts from its time could avoid quite as well. But the welcoming simplicity of its inside shows a little on its outside, too; balanced-sized fog lamps and a rear spoiler add some basic flair to a slightly-above-basic car. That's actually a part of why I picked the Aveo over the other cars I was looking at, particularly the Yaris, Fit, and Fiesta; they were either too over-the-top, too basic looking, or too weird. I like the Aveo's fine center ground. A couple of things I found that really surprised me were its toughness and weather capability. On the weather capability side, the Aveo is a little more than an average front-wheel drive vehicle might normally be; when I had to take it for forty-five minute trips through snow and ice from home to a junior college campus for some school tests, I would frequently find myself growing impatient with slower drivers ahead of me; a problem I sure didn't have with my previous two front-wheeler cars... It also has a great grip in the rain, and some very responsive brakes, even though mine doesn't have anti-locks. On the toughness side, my Aveo has soldiered on as the main way of getting around for a lot of varying schedules, and overcoming a variety of obstacles, on the side. My mother drove it over a loose tire that rolled off of a semi trailer on the highway, and it still took her the remaining forty minutes back home. And a few months after I got it, during a road rage incident, it was struck in the back bumper a few times by a Silverado during a chase that got up to 100 miles an hour. It wasn't a hard strike, but with a pickup truck behind a subcompact, I would have thought there would be more damage to my car than there was; yet, I am happy to find that, even though its been over a year since that happened and I still haven't been able to fix the bumper, the Aveo continued to give me a good performance while I was regaining my driving confidence, and the efficiency I need for my family's recovering finances. And it still does. I feel very safe, and secure inside my little car; in spite of all that it's been through, and all that it doesn't seem like it would be able to handle, it has handled it, and then some more. It's not a perfect car, though, just like how every other one isn't... and there were some things I didn't like about it when it first came along. Even with its simplicity, it has a little more tech to it than I'd really like for it to have, like satellite radio and OnStar; the trial periods for both services were some really miserable experiences, particularly OnStar, and neither of them functioned very well, or were particularly fun to use when they did work. The dome light went out pretty quickly after we got it, and that had to be replaced... which was only a pain because the instruction manual is kind of vague, and hard to sort through. There also have been a couple of repairs needed, with the most recent one being that the coolant hoses needed replaced; another noteworthy one was that an engine cylinder malfunctioned. But these two issues were a good several months apart, and I'm given to understand that they were more after effects of the stress that the car's been through than anything else. The only other repairs were tires, but that was something I knew would need to be done when I took it, because the tires it came with were getting worn down from its previous owner. All-in-all, though, the Aveo has been a wonderful companion of a car. For me, anyway, there could have been no better choice. I look forward to my daily commutes, long trips, shopping runs, visits with family, and things like that because I just enjoy the ride so much. I feel braced, and confident when in it, and I like how there just always seems to be fuel left to go on. And when there isn't, over 300 miles later for a 12-gallon tank, I am less than twenty bucks away from another personal adventure. I have a lot of happy memories in it. I've had a lot of great compliments on it, and a lot of support in getting it, maintaining it, and in owning it. My Aveo makes me happy. If you're looking for a used car with good gas mileage, and not having to skimp too much on those fancier-car things that you really wanted to have, a well-used and maintained, or fixed up Aveo offers an experience that is up for appreciation to the person who is looking for it. The experience is good. And at the end of the day, that's what matters most."

13 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Love My Car

By on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I bought this car from the dealer brand new and have driven it since then. The seats are fantastic because although it is a small car, you do not feel like you are sitting on the ground. The stick shift is fun to drive and the clutch was very easy to learn on. I used this car for both city driving and cross country driving. My only complaint was that I did not splurge for the air conditioning feature. This car had no blind spots and the small size makes for easy maneuvering and parking in tight spaces. Because it is a Chevy and American made, it is easy to fix just about everything. I recently needed to replace the whipper transmission and it cost me the part and a Sunday afternoon. Ive driven a few different vehicles, but this one is BY FAR my favorite!"

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Worst vehicle ever drove!

By on Monday, November 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 1.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Cons: "Rotten place for a cup holder."

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

"I could not even begin to say how much I dislike this car. Let me just say there is not one thing I do like about this car. I would never recommend this car to anyone, friend or foe."

7 people out of 41 found this review helpful

Disappointed

By on Tuesday, November 3, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "small & tall people can fit comfortably inside."

Cons: "bad on gas milage; ignition problem"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"I am disappointed in my car overall. It isn't good on gas, especially being such a small car. It has a recall for the ignition which I am taking care of now. I bought the car new and have kept up with the care needed and replaced all wheels this year although I don't drive often or far. But the disappointment extends to the dealership where I bought it and take it in for any inspections, care needed....and although it was new--every time I took the car in for an yearly inspection for a sticker==they always (no kidding) find something expensive to have to fix!! At a high cost to me even though I detected no problems. When I said I would wait and think it over my car acted up!! So I had to take it back in. I like the fact it has a hatch back for me to keep my art materials in and I am only 4 ft. 11 in. and I fit very well and comfortable in the seat and reaching all the foot pedals fine. I like the fact that my tall family and friends also fit comfortably in the car also."

10 people out of 16 found this review helpful

one owner and very good gas mileage

By on Saturday, October 3, 2015

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

10 10.0
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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 to drive and very good gas mileage"

Cons: "not a winter vehicle. does not like snow"

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

"One owner. Never smoked in vehicle by anyone. Oil changed every 3000 miles. Very dependable vehicle. No recalls. 5 speed manual transmission. Parking brake always used. New rear brakes. Great gas mileage and fun to drive"

4 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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