Most reviewers find the 2009 Chevrolet Aveo offers pleasant accommodations for its price, but the Aveo doesn’t please everyone. As with other categories, the hatchback is better received than the Aveo sedan.
MyRide.com’s evaluation is the harshest review of those read by TheCarConnection.com’s editors: “The reality is that the little Korean-built 2009 Chevy Aveo is subpar in most respects to the big three of the subcompact world—the Honda Fit, Nissan Versa and Toyota Yaris—and not even better than the remainder of the crowd. It is noisy, uncomfortable, slow, largely unpleasant to drive and not particularly well thought-out compared to its competition.” Regarding the Aveo’s competitors, Edmunds concurs but isn’t as brutal in its commentary: “As for the all-around driving experience, the Aveo is similarly mid-pack.”
ConsumerGuide says, “The engine sounds coarse and buzzy during acceleration on all models. Wind and road noise can be intrusive, more so with the hatchback than the sedan.” Automobile Magazine points to the sunglasses holster and wonders "how many of these will get ripped off by accident.”
The subcompact Aveo received kudos for its ample front seating. ConsumerGuide observes “good headroom despite a somewhat tall seating position, though sitting high up makes for excellent visibility. Taller passengers will wish for more legroom, though.”
“Both the hatchback and the sedan have a 60/40-split-folding rear seat that creates extra space for cargo. But although the Aveo5 has a respectable 42 cubic feet when the rear seats are down, it offers significantly less cargo space than some competing hatchbacks with the rear seats in place,” reports Edmunds.
“Neither body style offers much cargo room with the rear seats up. Split-folding rear seatbacks help increase space. In-cabin storage is sparse, with a meager glovebox and a few small bins,” observes ConsumerGuide.