2008 Chevrolet Aveo
Chevrolet Aveo is a small, budget car, but bound to make a massive impact of the American market. Never have Americans even thought about fuel economy, and huge SUV's with powerful engines only prove that. But, now things have changed. Even in the US, people started to think differently. Time to change. Throw away those fuel eating monsters. But what can be introduced instead? A small, European compact such as Peugeot or Citroen? Or even worse, Fiat? No. Never!
It has to be American. So, Chevrolet made a big step and gave people what they needed - Aveo. Even though all that Chevy made is put a recognizable logo on the front, it's still American.
Of course, we throw away the fact that Aveo is a carbon copy of Daewoo Kalos. But that doesn't really matter, does it?
So, since 2002, when Aveo was first released, a lot of changed were made both on the inside, and on the outside. in 2008, Chevrolet didn't really bother to change things. And why would they? Aveo did not only start selling in the United States, but even in Europe people started buying this little creature. They even have a new factory in Poland!
Chevrolet's smallest car comes as a 4-door sedan or a 4-door hatchback called Aveo5. Sedans are available in LS and up-level LT trims. Hatchbacks come in SVM and LS trims. The sole engine is a 103-hp 1.6-liter 4-cylinder. It teams with a 5-speed manual or optional 4-speed automatic transmission. Available safety equipment includes ABS and front side airbags. Newly optional on LS sedans are 15-inch tires.
The 2008 Aveo also offers stylish interiors that feature wood grain or metallic trim for that touch of class. Meanwhile, a driver's armrest and additional storage capability are also included.
The Chevrolet Aveo's dashboard and controls are simply laid-out, with a high driving position and a good view out all-round. All the dials, switches and levers are easy to find and understand; expect the Aveo to do good duty as a driving-school car, as well as a runaround for older drivers.
Don't expect an enjoyable drive, however. The Aveo is a long way from being sporting, and its handling is mediocre at best. The steering is heavy at low speeds, too light at higher speeds, and the turning circle is large for such a small car.
The Chevrolet Aveo is cheap to buy, and Chevrolet servicing or maintenance costs are will not leave you with an empty bank account. The engines are more economical than those of the Daewoo Kalos, with both fuel consumption and emissions improved.
The Chevy Aveo has a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that gives you 103 horsepower and 107 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, and there's also an optional four-speed automatic with an electronic "hold" feature for 2nd-gear starts when driving on slippery surfaces. For 2008, fuel mileage estimates are 23 mpg in the city and 33 on the highway with the manual gearbox and 23/31 with the automatic gearbox.
The 2008 Chevrolet Aveo is not only affordable but provides respectably vehicle dynamics for everyday use. Low fuel consumption, cheap, compact. A nice car to have. Of course, paying such a low price for a car has it's bugs. For example, it's hard to imagine a person driving a 5 or 10 year old Aveo. By then, the best this car can give will be long gone.