2008 Chevrolet Aveo

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2008 Chevrolet Aveo Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Chevrolet Aveo was new.

The Aveo doesn't compete effectively with the top small cars on driving performance, safety features or fuel economy. What it does offer is an economical sticker price, and efficient point A-to-B transportation.

Pros & Cons

  • Low sticker price
  • Interior materials seem higher quality than expected for such an inexpensive car
  • Roomier than many subcompacts
  • Weak engine
  • Poor, under-assisted steering
  • Average fuel economy compared to top competitors
  • Few standard safety features, and side curtain airbags aren't even available as an optional upgrade
  • Some find the front seats uncomfortable during extended driving

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Chevrolet Aveo has a score of 6.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 59 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 6.3
Performance: 6.0
Interior: 7.4
Safety: 6.7
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2008 Chevrolet Aveo Overview

Despite a 2007 facelift, the Korean-built 2008 Chevrolet Aveo's unchanged mechanics still make it one of the weaker cars in the subcompact class. Our analysis shows the Aveo is uninspired, but a decent choice for value, thanks to an extremely low sticker price. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel points out, "At that price you don't expect much fun or excitement -- you're shopping for basic solid transportation, and Aveo fits that bill."  As one of the least expensive new cars on the market today, the Aveo may be a decent choice for these penny-pinching times.

The Aveo is offered as a sedan, with an Aveo5 hatchback anticipated this summer. For 2008, the model carries over virtually unchanged. If you're in the market for an affordable small car, you should consider the value, reliability and better gas mileage of the Honda Fit or Honda Civic.

  • "The Aveo is basic transportation, and its attractive pricing includes lots of standard features. Build quality is pretty good and a redesign for 2007 addressed its lack of style. Performance, however, is not on a par with the subcompact leaders." -- Car and Driver
  • "Despite its weaknesses, the Aveo does cover all the bases: It's comfortable, reasonably scooty, fuel-efficient and easy to drive. It simply doesn't cover them nearly as well as its rivals." -- About.com
  • "There's enough power to handle the daily commute, a front seat area good enough to keep a driver comfortable, and a price that puts this sedan in just about every car buyer's budget. However, none of those attributes contribute one iota to the fun factor, of which the Aveo, not surprisingly, is short on supply." -- Autoweb
  • "In sum, the Aveo doesn't excel at anything, but it's a decent second car. If it doesn't surprise or delight, it won't disgust or anger you, either." -- Newsday
  • "It's a car that could satisfy legions of American buyers without any embarrassment." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • "There is nothing about it that makes it stand out, including fuel economy which is significantly below its major competitors." -- New Car Test Drive

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