Review: 2006 Chevrolet Aveo

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The Aveo offers slightly more than it has to--more style, more comfort, even a better warranty, namely five-year/60,000-mile powertrain coverage to go along with a conventional three-year/36,000-miles bumper-to-bumper warranty and roadside assistance. The manual-shift cars earn 27/35 city/highway mpg, and automatics give up only one mpg in exchange for their convenience. There's nothing to suggest that the Aveo will be anything but thrifty and reliable. But if history is a guide, depreciation will take its toll on overall Cost of Ownership. This makes for a challenging purchase decision, as consumers must weight the importance of savings today versus a smarter long-term investment in a pricier model.

An appliance with character, the Aveo provides affordable transportation in a smartly designed package.

What's Hot

  • Stylish exterior design
  • Roomy and comfy cockpit
  • Better than it has to be

    What's Not

  • Engine huffs and puffs
  • Transmission precision
  • Relative Cost of Ownership

    In its third year, the Aveo line sees numerous detail upgrades that help make buying an entry-level vehicle more palatable. The visible changes include interior fabric upgrades, coat hooks, and new wheels. The most significant changes are the unseen modifications to the suspension to improve its response and the side airbags, which everyone hopes never to see deployed.

    In its third year, the Aveo line sees numerous detail upgrades that help make buying an entry-level vehicle more palatable. The visible changes include interior fabric upgrades, coat hooks, and new wheels. The most significant changes are the unseen modifications to the suspension to improve its response and the side airbags, which everyone hopes never to see deployed.

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