2011 Chevrolet Aveo vs. Its Competition

2011 Chevrolet Aveo (RS Concept, 2010 Detroit Auto Show)
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The new Chevy Aveo will no longer be the smallest car in the Chevrolet lineup; a small Spark city car is due sometime in 2011.

But the Aveo still will compete against the smallest cars from Honda, Ford and others, mostly because of its base price and marketing.

The Ford Fiesta's been the subject of a media campaign to stir up interest in its jazzy looks and pert performance; it hardly needs it, since in handling and looks, it's small--in the good, European way.

The Honda Fit's a minivan in comparison, with lots of interior room and less of a premium placed on handling.

The Fiat 500 will be Chrysler's least expensive city-car option, and it's a charming two-door that may also come to the U.S.

via Italy as a convertible.

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Quick Specs
5.2
The 2011 Chevrolet Aveo is vastly improved from first glance; we'll reserve final judgement until road-test cars are made available.
7.8
If you're set on stylish and small, the 2011 Ford Fiesta might be your only choice, though you might miss the solid, roomy feel of a Fit.
8.0
Look beyond the appearance of the 2010 Honda Fit, which admittedly won’t quicken pulses. Honda nails the rest with the peppy, spacious, and frugal Fit.
MSRP From   
$11,965$13,200N/A$14,900
Gas Mileage   
27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas 4-CylinderGas I4N/AGas I4
EPA Class   
CompactSubcompactN/ASmall Station Wagon
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan LS4-Door Sedan SN/A5-Door HB Manual
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront-wheel driveN/AFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
55N/A5
Passenger Doors   
N/A4N/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4-Door SedanN/A5 Door Hatchback
Transmission   
Manual w/ODManualN/AManual