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 Joe dokes on Saturday, March 14, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "Responsive, stable handling, cost $10K new"
Cons: "low ground clearance"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"Multiple front wheel bearing replacements needed. Small electrical problems (flashing clock light when headlights on and it's damp; occasional other electrical anomalies, but nothing unduly serious). Small car, so scraping ground clearance for Vermont's "mud season", but lots of room to haul stuff if the back seats are folded down. Seems very stable in handling. Wide stance. Needs new tie-rod end at 100K miles. Leaking front MacPherson strut. Milage never better than 38 in summer with a light foot, highway driving, but roof rack likely why. ~ 27 mpg in winter in cold, with resisting studded snows, lots of friction, cold weather idling."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By Spunkey on Tuesday, February 24, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Good price and good gas mileage."
Cons: "It needs a sixith gear."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Fun to drive and has lots of room for a small car. I am six feet two inches tall and 240lbs. and have lots of leg room and butt room. Bought the car brand new and have been pleased with it so far. I did have to change the stock tires out after 25,000 miles due to bad ride and fast wear."
1 person out of 2 found this review helpful
By AJ on Monday, February 09, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 69,000overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Cons: "the car is not reliable at all"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I have sunk so much money into this car. It was ok when I first got it. After a few months the timing belt snapped and pretty much wrecked my engine. I payed to get it fixed. Now it has electrical issues, the transmission is going out, and the alignment is out of whack. I hardly drive, considering the car only had 38000 miles on it when I first got it. I have had it for 5 years and now it has 69000 miles on it. I also keep up matinence on it and no matter what I do everything continues to fail on it. Do not buy this car. It may be cheap but it's a money pit."
6 people out of 9 found this review helpful
By Cammi on Friday, January 30, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,000overall rating 5 of 10rating details
Pros: "Looks cute"
Cons: "No center console, bad suspension, rock hard seats"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2
"Definitely should of spent more time with this car before buying it. The seats are almost hard as rocks, suspension feels like my moms 1998 Camaro, stiff and you feel each and every bump. Radio is tinny and sounds very bad. Never did listen to radio on test drive. Having traded in a 1999 Cavalier which was starting to have many mechanical problems I was focused on mechanics rather than how the car would feel and drive on a daily basis which now is a big problem to me. The shifter is too low for my liking and there's no center console. Should of rejected this car and went onto something else. It's my fault for getting it and now I will have to live with it for a long time and not really enjoy it. I'm just going to use this as a way to build credit and get rid of it as soon as its feasible."
5 people out of 7 found this review helpful
By Anita on Saturday, January 24, 2015
I don't own this caroverall rating 6 of 10rating details
Pros: "good on gas, small size can squeeze in tight spots"
Cons: "not powerful for highways or going uphill"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4
"I purchased my Aveo Hatchback in March 2011, with already 174000km on the odometer for $4200. I was hoping it would last me at least 4 years, or an average of $1000/year of use. The timing belt broke exactly 3 years 10 months later(last week) and the mechanics estimated it was not worth fixing it, as repairing or replacing the engine would be too expensive ($2800). I must admit the first 2 years were good; the last two costed about $1500 worth of repairs. Had the car scrapped today."
7 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By EJ on Sunday, December 14, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Relatively cheap to maintain."
Cons: "Back seat is a little cramped for teens."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I have owned my 2006 Aveo LS for about 4 years. I bought it with 63,000 miles on it and now have 98,000. Other than normal stuff I have not had any problems with the car. Make sure you replace the timing belt when recommended because if that goes you are pretty much sunk. The struts gave out but at almost 100,000 I can't complain. Around town mileage is alone about 22, highway is 35+, a little disappointed around town. The car with the right tires is OK in snow and is comfortable inside. Now that my kids are teenagers we rarely travel around in the car but use our minivan. However, if you are looking for basic transportation to and from work you can't go wrong."
19 people out of 25 found this review helpful