in 2010 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $7,266 - $9,538
Original MSRP: $11,965 - $15,365
MPG: 27 City / 35 Hwy
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Used Car: 2010 Chevrolet Aveo Review

Review Last Updated: 7/10/12

The 2010 Chevrolet Aveo's high points are a low sticker price and good fuel economy, but its competitors are better in nearly every other way.

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The 2010 Chevrolet Aveo isn’t flashy, but that’s not its mission. Its four-cylinder engine gets up to 27/35 mpg city/highway, which is above average in its class, but reviewers said the Aveo accelerates slowly, which isn’t surprising for a car that has such little power.

You can get the 2010 Aveo in sedan or Aveo5 (hatchback) form. Both have good cargo space for their sizes. Reviewers were impressed that the cabin had a lot of headroom, though tall drivers may need more legroom.

The Aveo doesn’t come with much in terms of standard features. Inside, the Aveo comes with OnStar and a four-speaker stereo that has an auxiliary input. It has four airbags, though you can’t get electronic stability control on any model. Look at higher 1LT and 2LT trims for features like air conditioning, satellite radio, cruise control and power windows and door locks.

If the Aveo’s underpowered engine or lack of interior features doesn’t bother you, its safety and reliability scores might. It has terrible safety and reliability ratings that are among the lowest in the class.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2009 Hyundai Elantra should give you more for your money and was named our 2009 Best Compact Car for the Money. For starters, the Elantra has better safety scores and a higher reliability rating than the Aveo. The Elantra’s engine also has more pep, though its fuel economy ratings are slightly lower. Inside, the Elantra has spacious front and rear seats, as well as good trunk space. 

If the Elantra is too large, consider the 2010 Toyota Yaris, which is available as a sedan and hatchback. The Yaris doesn’t have much interior space, and the Aveo has more room for cargo. Still, the Yaris has better safety and reliability scores, and has more standard safety features than the Aveo.

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