Adequacy is the recurring theme with the 2009 Chevy Aveo. Lackluster crash-test results are met with some—but not all—the expected safety features.
“In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests, the Aveo sedan earned a five-star rating (the best possible) for its protection of the driver and four stars for the passenger in frontal impacts, and four stars for the driver side and three stars for the passenger side in side impacts,” says Edmunds. Furthermore, “The hatchback did slightly better, garnering five stars for the passenger in the frontal-impact test and four stars for both sides in the rear-impact test. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety frontal-offset crash tests, the Aveo received a score of ‘Acceptable,’ or one spot from the top.”
Car and Driver reports, “The Aveo gets dual front side airbags in addition to the standard front bags, but curtain airbags aren’t offered—a glaring oversight. There is no traction or stability control on offer.” “Antilock brakes are optional on the LT models, but only on those with the automatic transmission,” states ConsumerGuide.
The Aveo comes standard with GM’s OnStar system, which other cars in this class cannot boast.