Chevy’s Aveo is bigger, more comfortable
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Who says an economical small car has to be boring? One glimpse at the fluid lines on Chevrolet’s 2007 Aveo sedan will quickly convince any doubters that there is an alternative.
The cheerful little Aveo is built by the former Daewoo company (which General Motors now owns) and is designed to compete against similar subcompact Korean offerings such as the Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio.
For 2007, the sedan gets a comprehensive cosmetic makeover, inside and out. The new and larger body shape is more aerodynamic and also expands trunk capacity to a respectable 330 litres (11.7 cu-ft). As well, a wider stance, retuned suspension and steering, plus chubby 185/55R15 optional tires, help to deliver improved levels of ride and handling.
While the 4-door sedan sports all-new bodywork, the 5-door Aveo hatchback model stays as is, still in LS or LT trim levels. It does share the sedan’s reworked suspension, though, with the appropriate gains in road behaviour. Whether you prefer the sedan or hatchback body style, you only have to decide between the entry-level
LS model starting at $12,995 or the more fully equipped LT version at $15,495.
Both versions are decent highway cruisers, deriving their power from a standard 103-horsepower, 1.6-litre, 4-cylinder engine that delivers a rewarding 5.9 L/100 km highway fuel rating when matched with the Aveo’s standard 5-speed manual transmission. A 4-speed automatic is an available option for an extra $950.
The Aveo sedan and hatchback are well-outfitted with standard features including air conditioning with cabin filtration (standard on LT, optional on LS), vented front disc/rear drum brakes, power steering, body-colour side mirrors and door handles, AM/FM stereo with CD player with MP3 playback capability and auxiliary input jack, tinted windshield and windows, height-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar adjuster and fold-down armrest, and floor mats.
As well as the automatic transmission, available options include anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution, power sunroof (standard on the LT), 6-disc in-dash CD changer, six-speaker premium sound system, remote keyless entry with power door locks (standard on the LT), chrome door handles, cruise control, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, fog lamps, and 15-inch wheels and tires.
A $1,120 RS Special Edition Package, available on both LS and LT, includes 15-inch aluminum wheels, rear spoiler, the six-speaker premium sound system, steering wheel audio controls and an Apple IPod nano.
In addition to its ample interior room, the Aveo sedan features clever storage features in the front console, a passenger seatback pocket and accessory hooks, located on the headrest posts, which can hold items such as backpacks or shopping bags. More value is delivered through the precision in fit and finish details that cap the Aveo sedan’s high-quality appearance.
In redesigning the sedan, Chevrolet has reached beyond the highly important affordability factor to deliver a smooth, safe driving experience and amenities that are hard to find in this segment.
2007 Chevrolet Aveo