Chevrolet Aveo5 LS
Base price: $12,680
Fuel cost: $8220
Cost of ownership: $23,913
At more than $3000, there is a significant difference in the cost to operate the Aveo5 and Hyundai Accent, driven largely by the fact that the Accent depreciates much quicker. Over five years of driving, the cost to own an Aveo5 is just $17 more than the Fit. Recent engine tweaks had only a minor affect on the Aveo's power numbers but helped boost its city fuel economy from 24 mpg to 27 mpg. Highway fuel economy is rated at 34 mpg. While the Aveo5 may be middle-of-the-pack when it comes to cost, that's far ahead of where it places with regards to driving.
It's a car that is five years behind the competition in terms of refinement, with a spongy suspension, vague transmission and poorly calibrated throttle. Years ago, the subcompact driving experience evolved from automotive persecution to modern comfort, style and dynamics, yet the Aveo5 seems like it was built for that bygone era. GM has done a commendable job on the interior of this car; it's just a shame that equal effort wasn't spent on the mechanicals.