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2008 Chevrolet Aveo Review

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The 2008 Chevrolet Aveo has a bargain-basement price, and with the exception of good interior comfort, you get what you pay for.

While assembling this definitive review covering the 2008 Chevrolet Aveo sedan and Aveo5 hatchback models, TheCarConnection.com’s experts perused the range of available review information. Then, having driven the Aveo, the experienced reviewers at TheCarConnection.com brought their own impressions and insight to this review.

The 2008 Chevrolet Aveo is Chevy's cheapest model and one of the cheapest in the U.S. market, made by GM Daewoo in South Korea. The Aveo sedan was new for 2007; its bodywork and interior are different from the Aveo5 hatchback, which follows a more dated design.

Whether as a hatchback or sedan, the 2008 Chevrolet Aveo has a well-designed interior, with lots of passenger space for four full-size adults or three kids across the backseat. The tall body affords plenty of headroom or a boxlike cargo space with the seats folded. The sedan's 12.4-cubic-foot trunk is surprisingly roomy as well.

All 2008 Chevrolet Aveo models have a 103-horsepower, 1.6-liter engine that, from inside the cabin, is remarkably refined, but performance is barely adequate with the five-speed manual and sluggish with the four-speed automatic carrying anything but a light load and on level roads. The Aveo doesn't handle particularly well either; it's not confidence-inspiring in tight corners, possibly due to pronounced body lean.

The sedan is offered in both LS and LT trim levels, while the Aveo5 hatchback comes in an especially stripped-down SVM (Special Value) base model and an LS. Manual windows and mirrors are standard on both Aveo body styles, and air conditioning is not offered on the blue-light SVM. However, both versions of the 2008 Chevrolet Aveo include an AM/FM CD sound system. The LS model includes A/C and can be upgraded with anti-lock brakes, 15-inch wheels, cruise control, and an AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 capability.

Those concerned about safety should be especially aware of the Aveo's subpar results in side-impact protection. The Aveo5 hatchback was given a middling four-star rating in side impact, while the Aveo sedan got only three stars in rear-seat side protection. In the insurance-industry tests, an Aveo sedan was rated Acceptable in frontal protection, Marginal in side protection, and Poor in the seat-based rear impact tests. Side-impact airbags are standard on the Aveo and Aveo5, but electronic stability control isn't in the cards, and anti-lock brakes are optional (not offered on the SVM).

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015
For 2011 Chevrolet Aveo

i love it tooooo much

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It's good because its interior and exterior seen are very beautiful I love it too much
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Monday, February 2, 2015
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Not the best

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I have never had a car feel like such a tin can. Every single bump you went over (small or large), made the whole car rattle. Had many electrical issues and had to replace headlights at least 4 times since I... + More »
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Friday, May 15, 2015
2010 Chevrolet Aveo 5-Door HB LT w/2LT

The Aveo is a good option to consider for a used car with good value for enjoyable transportation.

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Much like many people who shop in the subcompact class, I did it for better gas mileage. I tried several others in the vehicle type from around the Aveo's time, but nothing quite warmed me up the same way. It... + More »
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