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2009 Chevrolet Aveo5 test drive

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2009 Chevrolet Aveo5 engine

Aveo is powered by a 1.6 liter 106 horsepower engine

Photo © Aaron Gold

What I liked about the Chevrolet Aveo5:

  • Cute styling
  • Ridiculously easy to park
  • Quiet, comfortable ride

What I didn't like:

  • Small trunk
  • Sloppy emergency handling
  • Short on safety equipment
  • Competing cars offer better value-for-money

Who should buy the Chevrolet Aveo5:
Small car buyers who absolutely positively must have a domestic nameplate

Who should not buy the Chevrolet Aveo5:
The rest of us

Details and specs:

  • Body style: 4-door sedan, 5-door hatchback
  • Seating capacity: 4
  • Trim levels: LS, 1LT, 2LT
  • Price range (including destination and options): $12,120 - $18,730
  • Test vehicle/price as tested: Chevrolet Aveo5 1LT, $16,295
  • Base engine: 1.6 liter inline four-cylinder, 106 hp @ 6400 RPM, 106 lb-ft @ 3800 RPM
  • Optional engine: None
  • Premium fuel required? No
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic
  • Driveline: Front engine, front-wheel-drive
  • EPA fuel economy estimates: 27 MPG city/34 MPG highway/30 combined (manual), 25/34/28 (automatic)
  • Driveline tested/observed fuel economy: 1.6 w/ automatic transmission, 23.5 MPG
  • Where built: South Korea
  • Standard safety equipment: Front airbags, front-seat-mounted side airbags
  • Optional safety equipment: Antilock brakes
  • Major standard features: Power steering, OnStar, AM/FM radio
  • Major options: Air conditioning, CD player, power windows/mirrors/locks
  • Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles bumper-to-bumper, 5 years/100,000 miles powertrain, 6 years/100,000 miles outer body rust-through
  • Roadside assistance/free maintenance: 5 years/100,000 miles roadside assistance

Best rivals:

The test vehicle featured in this review was provided by General Motors.

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