For 2009, Chevy’s compact Aveo sedan and Aveo5 hatchback get slightly revised engines, and the Aveo5 gets the same design upgrades the sedan did in 2008. Prices for both now start at $11,460, before the $660 destination charge, for the base LS trim level. That’s actually a reduction of $710 for the sedan and an increase of $1,225 for the Aveo5, but, again, that model gets more modifications. Both come standard with side-impact airbags but no air conditioning. The 2009 Aveos will hit dealers in early July.
Minor tweaks to the small four-cylinder engine improve mileage to 27/34 mpg city/highway with the manual transmission and 25/34 mpg with the four-speed automatic. That’s compared to 24/34 mpg and 23/32 mpg for the outgoing manual and automatic, respectively. The new numbers still fall short of competitors like the Toyota Yaris, which comes in at 29/36 mpg and 29/35 mpg for its manual and automatic models. However, the Aveo does top the Hyundai Accent’s numbers of 27/32 mpg and 24/33 mpg.
More trim level prices are below.
Air conditioning is standard on both LT trims. Neither price includes the $660 destination charge.