Product Review: Chevrolet Aveo

I am addicted to small cars. A small car, a Volkswagen, in fact, was my very first car, and I’ve been hooked since then. I just love how they zip in and out of small spaces, parallel parking is so easy, and the wonderful fuel economy. So it is no wonder that upon seeing my first Chevrolet Aveo, I stopped dead in my tracks. It was love at first sight, and it has been an ongoing love affair ever since. I think you can guess that this will be a positive review of a product that I love!
I test drove several cars before deciding on a Chevy Aveo, but once I test drove this car I was hooked! The first thing I noticed about it was the adorable body style. Streamlined, aerodynamic and quite futuristic looking. Add on a little spoiler in back and it has the complete look! Once I got inside, I was just as impressed with the interior. Simple lines, and controls that were easy to reach. Front and side airbags. Very roomy, with lots of head room and leg room. The best interior feature is the excellent visibility. This is very important to me. Other smaller cars that I have owned have been lacking in this department, so having all this visibility was a wonderful surprise and much safer for driving. The car that I test drove was the hatchback version with automatic transmission. I was so impressed with this car that I bought it within two days.

I have now owned this car for nearly three years, and it has almost 35,000 miles on it. I have been fastidious about any maintenance and oil changes. So far, I have had no problems whatsoever. The gas mileage is in the low 30s. The car still feels nice and roomy. I have had four adults in the car at once with no problems, and everyone was comfortable. The dashboard is easy to reach and very user friendly. The radio and CD player work great. The car steers like a dream and has a nice bit of accelaration, but nothing out of this world, which is to be expected for a fuel efficient car. The hatch is great for holding lots of groceries. I have been stopped so many times, and received so many compliments on this car, it has been unreal. The heater warms up the car quickly and the air conditioner works fabulously in the summer.

This car is also unexpectedly comfortable for long road trips. Most of my miles actually have been highway miles on many 10-plus hour road trips that I had to make. The car performed wonderfully, and I found that I was quite comfortable for most of the trip, considering this is not a car that is plush like a Lincoln. I have also had this car piled full of belongings and supplies on many of these trips. It gave me plenty of room for my things, while still providing a reasonable fuel economy. For around town use, the Aveo is wonderful. Gas mileage is great, and it is so easy to maneuver. This little car owns the road in cities and towns!

There is so much to love about the Chevrolet Aveo. The interior, fuel economy, and body style are all some of its best features. It was new to the market in 2004, but still retains the original style. It comes in both hatchback and sedan styles. I personally think the hatchback is much cuter! I have enjoyed this car for its fabulous, user friendly interior features, roominess, safety features, and driver visibilty. The gas mileage is great, and the body style is fabulous and will get you lots of postive attention. The price on this little car is incredible, too. If you really do your homework and are willing to be flexible on color and a few features, I know of some who have purchased their hatchback brand new from $8995 to about $11,000 in 2004 prices. This little car can’t be beat for the features that you get. Try the Chevy Aveo. It is a lot of car for the money and there is so much to love. Take it from me, a satisfied owner for almost three years! You can check out this great little car at

Christy Smith