2009 Chevrolet Aveo5 5-door Hatchback

2009 Chevrolet Aveo5 5-door Hatchback

I drove an Aveo a few months ago, and my opinion certainly has not changed: it's completely outclassed in the subcompact segment. Sure, our particular example was pretty cheery, what with its bright, teal-blue paint and its decently turned-out interior, but to drive this thing is to feel the full brunt of the economy-car experience. Body control, steering feel, brake pedal feel - all of that "feel" stuff is of another era, and that era would be during the Clinton administration. The Aveo is refined enough, but the tactile feedback will be a big disappointment to anyone who has ever driven a Honda, a Toyota, or a Mazda. There are better small cars out there than this, for sure.

Joe DeMatio, Executive Editor

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