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2010 Chevrolet Aveo

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2010 Chevrolet Aveo Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

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 2010

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 the Aveo

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.

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.

2010 Chevrolet Aveo Details
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
2010 Chevrolet Aveo photo

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

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 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.

Under the Hood

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)

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2010 Chevrolet Aveo Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.0
Out of 10

Based on 752 Ratings for the 2004 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • 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 gas mileage, bad reliability

By on Thursday, May 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Cheap, good gas mileage."

Cons: "Completely unreliable."

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

"I've found this car to be comfortable, and surprisingly roomy for how small it is. Additionally, it has great visibility and decent power, along with great gas mileage. Despite all those positives, the car is of very poor quality. It was not made well. Parts are constantly failing and breaking. My wipers, door handle, and gas cover have all broken off during normal use. I easily spend as much keeping this car driveable as I do on car payments. I would not recommend."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Least reliable car I've owned

By on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Horrible reliability

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Good price, attractive styling, good on fuel"

Cons: "Very unreliable and expensive to repair."

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

"I bought this car new because I liked the styling, it was a simple car I could get with a manual transmission, and the price very reasonable. Car was babied and maintenance was always done on time. This car was in and out of the shop at least a dozen times. Total value of all repairs if most weren't covered by warranty would have easily exceeded what I paid for it. The final year of ownership, after warranty was up, cost more then the full 9 years of ownership of the car it replaced, which was a 30 year old Pontiac. Experience has steered this reviewer away from purchasing another GM vehicle. I do not recommend ownership of this vehicle."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

I love my Aveo!

By on Monday, April 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Reliable and economical."

Cons: "Slow acceleration, but not an issue."

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

"I bought my Aveo new 7 years ago, and I am very happy with it. I have put virtually no money into it, have taken it on several long trips with no problems whatsoever. I have a 5-door hatchback, and I plan to keep it until it won't go another foot. It's comfortable and reliable. I don't understand some of these bad reviews! I have not experienced anything bad with this car. The only thing I will note is that I can't take it through a commercial car wash. If it gets water in the motor, it doesn't run well until it dries out, so I don't do that anymore. It took me 3 or 4 times through a car wash to figure out what was going on! After a day or so it was fine, but to be safe, I hand wash it myself now and no more problems."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

ALMOST makes me want to forget Chevrolet forever!!

By on Friday, April 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 133,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "Mmmm, give me a second...its red, and I like red!"

Cons: "The color is the only thing I like about the car."

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

"This car has been, in a word, lousy, in just about every way imagineable. Im not going to fault Chevrolet on this, as this is a Daewoo product made in South Korea, and I know many people who have had Korean cars that were just as bad. Slow, noisy, not nearly as efficient as advertised, poorly assembled, cheap interior bits all over, RIDES LIKE A COVERED WAGON ON THE OREGON TRAIL- I think I can make an A-Z list of cons on this heap without too much effort! It at least didnt give me too much in the way of mechanical woes during the first two years I had it, but the last 2 years have been one malady after another, non-stop. If someone wants it, let me know!!"

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Worst car I've ever had the misfortune of driving.

By on Saturday, April 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 126,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Gas mileage when car is driveable"

Cons: "Everything else."

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

"Bought brand new off the lot w/ 36 miles on it. At 3000 miles the fuel pump went out and it took 3 weeks to get the part b/c they had to order it from Korea. This is when I found out we had bought a Daewoo rebranded as a Chevy. Fast forward to 65,000 miles-the coil pack burns out about every 6-8 months. Now my car has been in the shop for SIX weeks b/c parts are almost impossible to find for it. Timing belt and cam sensors broke. A special tool kit is needed to change the timing belt-that took 3 weeks to get b/c it had to come from the UK. Finally found a used cam which had to come from Michigan and according to the Chevy dealer it was the only one they could find in the US. When part arrived the dealer called our mechanic and asked him to hurry up and pick it up b/c they do not want any Aveo parts laying around and jinxing them-yes Chevy dealers KNOW this car is a joke. DO NOT BUY!!!!!!!! Also, interior is extremely cheap-passenger door handle broke at around 50,000 miles with minimal use and the drivers is held together by duct tape b/c it cracked in the middle. Metallic finish rubbed off before that and the seats are the most uncomfortable things since a wooden bench. Only good thing is the car does get good mileage when the coil pack isn't going out then haha you're lucky to get 10 mpg. I would not recommend this car to anyone unless it has been given to you for FREE."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Economic and easy access to everything

By on Tuesday, March 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "price, fun and easy access to pkg w/hatchback"

Cons: "low profile tires/rougher ride"

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

"I love the idea of a hatchback and would not think of going to another vehicle without it. My little car can get into small places, has a wheel base that allows 'u-turns' if needed. The only thing that I do not like is the low profile tires. They are more expensive and are not a smooth ride. I really hate it that my car is already 9 years old and I hate the thought of ever having to part with it."

9 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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