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2006 Chevrolet Aveo

$1,145 — $5,617 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
30 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Maneuverability
  • Fuel economy
  • Cargo space in hatchback
  • Passenger space in front

The Bad

  • Performance
  • Engine noise
  • Stability on highway
  • Uncertain reliability

What to Know

about the 2006 Chevrolet Aveo
  • Italdesign styling
  • Sedan and hatchback body styles
  • Tall roofline
  • Manual or automatic
  • Optional antilock brakes

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
After the demise of the minicompact Metro following the 2001 model year, Chevrolet had no true entry-level passenger car in its lineup. Compact Cavaliers were the company's smallest models.

That omission was remedied for 2004 with a pair of Aveos. The new subcompact sedan and four-door hatchback were promoted as high in value, fun to drive and dependable.

For 2005, a Special Value model and an LT edition joined the LS trim level. All three versions remain in the 2006 lineup.

Seat-mounted side-impact airbags go into 2006 models, and dual-stage front airbags have a passenger-sensing system. Cruise control and remote keyless entry are newly available. The retuned Aveo suspension includes a thicker front stabilizer bar. Coat hooks are now mounted on the rear assist grips, and the front-seat headrests can tilt.

GM Daewoo Auto and Technology in South Korea manufactures these cars. Competitors include the Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio and Toyota Echo.


Exterior
The Italdesign-Giugiaro studio in Turin, Italy, created the Aveo's styling. Short front and rear overhangs and what Chevrolet calls "cleanly cut contours" highlight the look. Clear headlights have faceted lenses.

A tall roofline allows the rear seats to be mounted higher than usual, which provides backseat passengers with a clear forward view. Aveo suspensions consist of MacPherson front struts with a stabilizer bar and a torsion beam rear axle.

All Aveos are mounted on a 97.6-inch wheelbase and ride on standard 1...
Vehicle Overview
After the demise of the minicompact Metro following the 2001 model year, Chevrolet had no true entry-level passenger car in its lineup. Compact Cavaliers were the company's smallest models.

That omission was remedied for 2004 with a pair of Aveos. The new subcompact sedan and four-door hatchback were promoted as high in value, fun to drive and dependable.

For 2005, a Special Value model and an LT edition joined the LS trim level. All three versions remain in the 2006 lineup.

Seat-mounted side-impact airbags go into 2006 models, and dual-stage front airbags have a passenger-sensing system. Cruise control and remote keyless entry are newly available. The retuned Aveo suspension includes a thicker front stabilizer bar. Coat hooks are now mounted on the rear assist grips, and the front-seat headrests can tilt.

GM Daewoo Auto and Technology in South Korea manufactures these cars. Competitors include the Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio and Toyota Echo.


Exterior
The Italdesign-Giugiaro studio in Turin, Italy, created the Aveo's styling. Short front and rear overhangs and what Chevrolet calls "cleanly cut contours" highlight the look. Clear headlights have faceted lenses.

A tall roofline allows the rear seats to be mounted higher than usual, which provides backseat passengers with a clear forward view. Aveo suspensions consist of MacPherson front struts with a stabilizer bar and a torsion beam rear axle.

All Aveos are mounted on a 97.6-inch wheelbase and ride on standard 14-inch tires. Five-spoke, 15-inch aluminum wheels are standard on 2006 LT models.


Interior
Aveos are capable of carrying five people. Backseat space is limited for taller occupants, but it's relatively spacious considering the car's small size. Both body styles have folding rear seats for greater cargo-carrying capacity. The backseat bottom in hatchback models can be flipped forward after the seatback has been folded flat, yielding 42 cubic feet of cargo space. The four-door sedan has a 60/40-split, folding rear seat.

Standard features include a tilt steering wheel and rear-window defogger. Air conditioning is installed in LS editions.

Upscale LT models feature a CD/MP3 player, power windows and locks, remote keyless entry and heated mirrors.


Under the Hood
A dual-overhead-cam 1.6-liter four-cylinder produces 103 horsepower and 107 pounds-feet of torque; it teams with a standard five-speed-manual gearbox or an optional four-speed automatic. A gated portion of the automatic's shifter permits driver control of gear changes. A "hold control" button lets the driver change gears by moving through the gated shifter, which can be helpful on slippery surfaces.

Safety
Antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution are optional, and seat-mounted side-impact airbags for front occupants are now standard. Front occupants get seat belt pretensioners and height-adjustable shoulder belt anchors. Daytime running lights are standard.

Driving Impressions
Frisky in terms of maneuverability and manual-shifting ease, the Aveo is short on power and ranks as ordinary overall. The engine must be pushed really hard to get adequate response in each gear. The car tracks reasonably well at highway speeds, but regular correction is needed. Despite appealing prices and fuel frugality, Aveos are somewhat old-fashioned and hard to recommend over contemporary Asian brands.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

3.7
26 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(3.7)
Performance
(3.5)
Interior Design
(3.5)
Comfort
(3.5)
Reliability
(3.7)
Value For The Money
(4.0)

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(4.0)

Great for what it was

by ABob1086 from Rothbury, MI on July 12, 2017

I owned this car for 6.5 years, from Feb. 2011 to late June 2016. While it won't win any awards for anything, the car did what I needed it to do and did it pretty well. Fuel economy was good, comfort ... Read full review

(4.0)

Runs and drives great, no issues.

by 2006 CHEV AVEO 75Kmiles. from Auburn,AL on July 7, 2017

Runs and drives great, no issues. Well kept and maintained.Very clean in &out side.The only things I have replaced are the tires . Read full review

Safety

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Recalls

The 2006 Chevrolet Aveo currently has 1 recall


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Aveo received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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