Affordability is the 2011 Chevrolet Aveo's main selling point. Reviewers struggle to find positive things to say about the Chevrolet economy car, particularly since new and significantly better subcompacts have been released. Though more expensive, experts rate the new 2011 Ford Fiesta (Base MSRP: $13,320 to $17,120) and the perennial favorite 2011 Honda Fit (Base MSRP: $15,100 to $16,860) very highly for their driving experience and impressive quality. Even within the Aveo's price range, reviewers prefer the 2011 Nissan Versa (Base MSRP: $9,990 to $17,190). The Aveo is available in both sedan and hatchback form (the latter as the Aveo5).
The Aveo soldiers on in its final year of production essentially unchanged. It now comes standard with a cabin air filter and six-month trial of GM's OnStar telematics system for directions and other services. See our full report on the 2008 Chevrolet Aveo for a more detailed look at what reviewers think.
Front and side airbags are standard on even the cheapest model, but electronic stability control and side curtain airbags are not even offered as options. Anti-lock brakes, an important safety feature, are standard equipment on all but the cheapest LS trim level. The Environmental Protection Agency rates the Chevrolet Aveo economy sedan and hatchback at 27 mpg city/35 mpg highway when equipped with the five-speed manual and at 25 mpg city/34 mpg highway when equipped with the four-speed automatic. The Aveo gets a respectable EPA-estimated 28-30 mpg in mixed driving, depending on transmission choice. Newer cars like the 2011 Ford Fiesta (Base MSRP: $13,320 to $17,120) have even better fuel efficiency.
The Chevrolet Aveo has mediocre crash-test results. It is ranked last by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety when compared to other subcompact alternatives. The Aveo gets an Acceptable rating for front-crash protection and a "Marginal" rating for side- and rear-accident occupant protection as well as for roof strength. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not tested the Chevy Aveo under its new testing guidelines for 2011 models.
The cheapest 2011 Chevrolet Aveo sedan starts at $11,965 while the Aveo5 hatchback starts at a similar $12,115.
The Aveo will be replaced next year by the all-new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, which will sport edgier looks and should be significantly more competitive than the tired current model.
This overview of the 2011 Aveo from the editors of Edmunds.com provides a comprehensive summary of features, on-road performance and quality, among other attributes. The editors encapsulate the opinions of nearly all other reviews when they say that "going tire-to-tire against competitors, the 2011 Chevrolet Aveo comes up short in nearly every category."
Review: 2011 Chevrolet Aveo, Editors of Edmunds.com
ConsumerReports.org compares and ranks the Chevrolet Aveo against similar compact and subcompact cars. Editors give vehicles an overall rating and provide information on predicted reliability, safety, fuel economy and on-road performance.
Review: New Cars: Small Cars, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
3. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Of the tested minicars, as IIHS calls them, the 2011 Aveo is ranked last for its lackluster safety ratings in front, side, rollover and rear accident protection scenarios. The 2011 Ford Fiesta is the only model in this category chosen as a Top Safety Pick.
Review: Minicars, Editors of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
The Environmental Protection Agency provides fuel-economy ratings for all new models sold in the U.S. The 2011 Chevrolet Aveo has respectable fuel efficiency, but other newer cars of similar size achieve even better results. Depending on transmission choice, the Aveo is rated at 28 to 30 mpg in mixed highway and city driving.
Review: 2011 Chevrolet Aveo, Editors of FuelEconomy.gov
This is our last comprehensive review on the Chevrolet Aveo, providing insight into what the experts have to say. The Chevrolet Aveo has only had minor changes since 2008, though new competitors in 2011 have definitely raised the bar for performance in the subcompact hatchback market.
Review: 2008 Chevrolet Aveo, Editors of ConsumerSearch.com
The Aveo will be replaced by the all-new Chevrolet Sonic in 2012. The car is likely to be available before the end of 2011. The engines will be sourced from Chevy's larger compact car, the Cruze, and the Sonic is expected to have the modern amenities expected among new subcompacts.
Review: Detroit 2011: 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is Not an Aveo, Jeremy Korzeniewski, Jan. 10, 2011