As General Motors’ primary contender in the subcompact market, the four-door Aveo sedan competes with other entry-level vehicles, including the Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio. The hatchback Aveo5 was redesigned for 2010.
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For 2010, the Aveo gets two more horsepower, for a total of 108, from its 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine.
The Aveo’s design creates the illusion of a larger car, with contoured side feature lines running front to rear, pronounced “shoulders” over the wheel openings, and body-colored doorsills. Three-dimensional headlights and bold, round taillamps also add to the car’s exterior character.
The Aveo sedan is longer than any of its competitors, at 169.7 inches. It’s also the widest, at 67.3 inches, which is half an inch wider. The Aveo is taller than the Accent and Rio at 59.3 inches.
- Available 15-inch wheels (standard on 2LT)
- Fog lamps standard on 2LT
- Chrome-accented grille
The Aveo’s interior includes a standard 60/40-split folding backseat and a fold-flat front passenger seat, which expands the cargo area for longer items. Interior options include imitation wood trim, faux leather seats and a power moonroof. Cabin and cargo dimensions put the Aveo on par with competing sedans.
- Available XM Satellite Radio
- Standard AM/FM stereo with MP3 jack
- 12.4 cubic feet of trunk space
The Aveo is powered by GM’s 1.6-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine, which has been boosted for 2010 to put out 108 hp and 105 pounds-feet of torque. Transmissions include a standard five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic.
- Electronic throttle control
- Standard power rack-and-pinion steering
- Four-speed automatic can hold higher gears to help with traction on slippery surfaces
The Aveo boasts standard front- and side-impact airbags for the front seats. Side curtain airbags are not available.
- Available antilock brakes (requires higher trim level)
- Stability system not available
The Aveo5 is the hatchback version of Chevrolet’s value-priced small car. The Aveo5 has a special grille treatment that doesn’t look anything like the sedan. The large rectangular grille dominates the Aveo5’s front, and it’s split by a body-colored section with the Chevy bowtie logo on it. Front bucket seats and 60/40-split flip-and-fold rear seats offer room for up to five people. All trims feature an Ecotec 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 108 horsepower. All trims come with a five-speed manual transmission, or an optional four-speed automatic.
- Chrome vents on front fender
- Clear-lens taillights
- 14-inch wheels standard
- 15-inch wheels optional
- 15 cubic feet of cargo room
- 37.2 cubic feet of cargo room with 60/40-split rear seat folded
- Two-tone cabin available
- Standard side-impact airbags
- Optional antilock brakes
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