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2007 Chevrolet Aveo Review

 The 2007 Chevrolet Aveo sedan has been updated, although it still relies on the basic mechanical underpinnings from the 2006 model year. What is attractive about the front-wheel-drive Aveo is the price, and for an economy car, a surprisingly handsome interior, in the case of the fancier LT model. The Aveo's role in motoring life is sensible, day-to-day transportation including a ride that is aimed at comfort and not sporty driving. Transmission choices are either a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimate is 26/34 (27/37 manual) miles per gallon City/Highway with the automatic.

In frontal and side-impact crash tests conducted by the federal government the Aveo did well.

What the Aveo has going for it is price, a relatively handsome interior and a ride that is comfortable for a small car.

Trims and Style

There are two versions of the Chevrolet Aveo sedan.

The LS is the base model and includes air conditioning; variable-speed wipers; 14-inch wheels; AM/FM stereo; height-adjustable driver's seat; rear-window defogger and 60/40 split fold-down rear seat.

The LT adds power windows and door locks; remote/keyless entry; AM/FM/compact disc player; power/heated outside mirrors; cruise control; 15-inch aluminum wheels and a 60/40 folding rear seat.

Safety features include seat-mounted air bags for front seats and seat-belt pretensioners for the front seats.

Driving the Aveo

General Motors reworked the suspension on the Aveo, although the basic mechanical underpinnings are still based on the 2006 model. Spend some time in the Aveo sedan and it becomes clear that GM has created a comfortable small car with decent handling.

The Chevrolet Aveo is front-wheel drive, and like many front-wheel-drive cars it feels nose heavy, which means there is a slight pause when the driver turns the wheel and asks it to make a big change in direction. The hesitancy isn't unusual, nor is it threatening; it just means that the Aveo is not the kind of quick-to-react playmate one finds in the Honda Fit (which is also front-wheel drive).

Try to go a bit faster through a moderately tight turn and the Aveo's body leans quite a bit. The noise and vibration from the 1.6 liter engine is nicely controlled for a four-cylinder engine.

Cabin Features for the '07 Aveo

The big surprise with the interior of the Chevrolet Aveo LT was the handsomeness of the Charcoal Deluxe seat fabric, which shames the manufacturers of some more expensive vehicles. This combines well with a tidy and sensible layout to minimize its economy-car status.

The driver's seat is height adjustable which is a nice feature for driver's short and tall. One problem with the front seats is that the bottom seat cushion is a bit shorter for those with long legs; this cuts some occupants a little short on thigh support.

According to the automakers specifications, an advantage the Aveo has over the Honda Fit and the Toyota Yaris is more legroom. The Aveo's trunk is rated at 12.4 cubic feet.

Chevy Aveo Design

The 2007 Chevy Aveo has a new appearance and a more aerodynamic shape, one of the benefits of which is to reduce wind noise at highway speeds. The Aveo is about the same length as the Toyota Yaris but it is almost a foot shorter than the Honda Fit.


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