By KBB.com Editors
The 2010 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.
If you're looking for budget-conscious, efficient basic transportation you'll like the 2010 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.
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.
or 2010, the Chevrolet Aveo gets a slight boost in horsepower, up to 108, and a revised fourth and fifth gear ratio on vehicles equipped with the manual transmission.
Driving Impressions Driving a car as uncomplicated as the 2010 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 108-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.
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.
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 vehicle with sheetmetal that blends smoothly together to present a neat package. The 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.
Despite its entry-level status, the 2010 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 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.
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 power moonroof, leatherette seats, XM Satellite Radio, fog lamps, a rear spoiler, anti-lock brakes (ABS), an engine-block heater and an anti-theft system.
General Motors' 16-valve four-cylinder engine powers every 2010 Aveo and produces 108 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
108 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
104 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/35 (manual), 25/34 (automatic)
By Chelle on Saturday, October 25, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "Affordable and Dependable"
Cons: "Quality of materials."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I bought this car new to commute to school. Drives great and roomier than it looks. I've not had one mechanical problem with this car. It runs and drives great. It's sunshine yellow with a spoiler and I get complements on it everywhere I go. Only complaints are: 1.it lacks a center console between the front bucket seats. 2.the thin metal wrapping on the inside door handles lift and are sharp enough to cut a finger and 3.when the motor is being stressed ( ie driving 65 mph) the air-conditioner doesn't cool like it should."
2 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By Southwest Gal on Wednesday, October 22, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great mileage, fun to drive, comfortable"
Cons: "More road noise than a more expensive car"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I bought my Aveo new, when I had a tight budget. As one of the most affordable cars on the market, I soon found it was of good value for the money. It has always gotten 36 mpg, and sometimes a little higher on a road trip. It's easy to maneuver and park, and does well both in the city and on the highway. The split back seat comes in very handy for loading skis or even a bicycle. I've been surprised how much I could fit back there! It feels bigger when sitting inside that it looks as if it would; three adults really do fit comfortably in the back."
By Marie on Friday, October 10, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "space good"
Cons: "tie rod weakness and susceptible to wind gusts"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5
"Front seat great for long legs, if you sacrifice leg room in the rear. The fold down rear in the 3-door will not fold down completely if the front seat is back all the way. Have had the left front tie rods replaced twice within less that a year. Make sure your mechanic checks these each time. Also wind gust will move this light-weight car suddenly."
3 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By carlos on Saturday, September 27, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000overall rating 4 of 10rating details
Pros: "Best gas mileage for a small car"
Cons: "quality not good"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"I bought this 2006 Aveo LS used in 2008 since then I spend almost more than a thousand for repair and maintenance. As far as driving I liked it, just had a lots of problem, gas mileage is great. Changed the timing belt at 60000, plus the water pump and belt, they tuned it up changed the wire and spark plugs. Recently while I was driving the car stops and really hard to re start it takes me while, by the way the engine light is on and off, I took it to my mechanic and the problem is the Thermostat body so they have to replaced it for $500 that includes labor. So far no problem car is running great. The suspension needs changing too cause it's making noise.By the way there is a re call on this vehicle about the day running light it says overheating. The recall is from 2004 to 2008."
8 people out of 13 found this review helpful
By Dog_Lover_Car on Wednesday, September 24, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 156,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "Inexpensive, little, and decent mileage."
Cons: "Maintenance costs, and nothing exciting."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"I purchased my 2006 Aveo used (with ~45000 miles)and it has been a great little car. I'm an avid hatch-batch lover so that was my main requirement, and I have 5 dogs so I wanted something easy for them to get inside and something inexpensive since I would have dogs in the car frequently (I don't think dog hair helps the value). 1) Gas mileage is OK - as others have said, I'd expect about 5 extra MPG than what it really gets, but it is still higher than most cars. 2) Maintenance.... I've had to replace the wheels twice! The box around the air filter is cheaply made and will need to be replaced. The shifting consul I've had to replace twice. The interior cloth has torn easily and the door handles have become loose and they rattle. Overall, the car is inexpensive, but I feel like I have to dump a lot of $$ into it for repairs yearly. The tires/wheel situation is a bit much. They just can't handle any bumps/potholes without getting worn and bent. I've also had to fit exhaust issues twice. Expect to drop at least $500-1000/year in repairs and maintenance. 3) Exterior has held up great! No paint peeling or rusting. 4) It is noisy and a no frills car when you drive. 5) Handles well and has nice get-up and go (better than my hubby's truck). Overall, if you want a no-frills, inexpensive car maybe for commuting and for something around a city, I think it is a great deal. I've gotten my Aveo over 150,000 miles and am now starting to look to trade in the ole' gal. Down-side, the maintenance has been more than I bargained for."
5 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By cpsczi on Sunday, September 07, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,195overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "takes an impact and keeps cabin safe"
Cons: "gas mpg a little disappointing"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"A little disappointed in gas mileage but convenient and comfortable to drive. Took a wallop by a minivan that didn't even touch the brakes going through a red light and the Aveo absorbed the impact and kept the passenger cabin intact. Seat belts and airbag did their jobs. Surprisingly safe for a little car!"
9 people out of 16 found this review helpful