Frugal Shopper: Five Most Miserly Models Page 6

March 19, 2010
2010 Chevrolet Aveo LS

2010 Chevrolet Aveo LS

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Chevrolet Aveo LS
MSRP, including destination: $12,685 (sedan)
EPA Fuel Economy (city/hwy mpg): 27/35

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The 2010 Chevy Aveo is far from one of TheCarConnection.com's favorite vehicles, but it's one of the best bargains for those looking for cheap, fuel-efficient transportation and a new-car warranty. Overall, the Aveo is an acceptable pick for those who plan to drive mostly in the city, but the ride becomes busy on the highway. "The Aveo is nifty around town, but once you reach cruising speeds over 70 mph, the car reveals its urban heritage, feeling nervous and out of place," observes editor Marty Padgett in TheCarConnection.com's overview of the Aveo. But crash-test results suggest that safety is worrisome. Oddly, the cut-rate base model is called LS, which used to refer to some of GM's premium trims. This next year, look out for a new Aveo model that will be less homely and a lot more fun to drive...but probably not quite as much of a cheapskate.

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