2004 Chevrolet Aveo LS

An Escape from the Ordinary.Design, power train, and drive.

The Aveo, Chevrolet′s entry in the small sedan category, is similar to other versions of the genre. The exterior design resembles that of a minivan but on a smaller scale. Smooth lines add a sporty accent to the Aveo.

The output of its 4 cylinder 1.6 Litre engine matched to a 5-speed manual transmission, is more than adequate for this ideal commuter car, which seats five. Overall interior design is basic and simple. Accessories and their controls are unpretentious and easily managed. The seats are covered with a sturdy fabric; the front seats adjust manually.

In city traffic, the Aveo performs at its best, zipping through narrow passages and parking in tight spots. When cruising on the open highway, however, road and tire noise are excessive. Obviously, the Aveo′s appeal is economy rather than power and performance.

Comfort and safety.

As an urban runabout, the Aveo fills the bill. But on longer open road journeys, it falls short as rider discomfort sets in. Although roomy for its size, the Aveo′s limited rear seat leg room cramps passengers. A flip down armrest on the driver′s seat would be useful since there is no center console. Also noticeably absent during extended freeway driving is cruise control.

Safety equipment includes driver and passenger front air bags, LATCH for child safety seats, heated fold-away exterior mirrors, rear window defogger and power door locks and windows.

The rear deck provides reasonable cargo space, but if more is needed, simply fold down the 60/40 split rear seat.

Where economy is concerned, Aveo is a smart choice. Enhancing its value is its 5 year/60,000 mile powertain warranty.