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2008 Chevrolet Aveo LT Review

City Runabout

A three-quarter front view of a red 2008 Chevrolet Aveo LT

In short: A little economy-minded sedan.

Let’s face it, while the Chevrolet Aveo is not the sexiest thing to look at, in these ecology-minded days, you’ll want to have the option of going around town without emptying your grandkids’ oil reserves any faster than necessary. Slip into this Korean-built econobox and notice the great distribution of space. The cabin is actually very well laid out and should render all city-related running around easy. With a horsepower count maxing at 103, don’t expect to earn any points at your next local racing event. Load up with some 87 octane and mill about without getting in trouble with the law—that’s a plus, and your insurance premium will be reasonable. The sedan configuration will achieve that purpose. However, if you want a more practical approach with the General, you might consider the European-designed Saturn Astra with a hatch and 30 more horsepower for only a few thousand dollars more.

Warranty/Service: Three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty; five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty; six-year/100,000-mile rust-through corrosion protection.

Base Price: $13,765 /As tested: $15,555

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: E-TEC II 1.6-liter DOHC I4
Horsepower: 103 hp @ 5,800 rpm
Torque: 107 lb-ft @ 3,400 rpm
Transmission: 4-speed automatic

Curb weight: 2,542 lbs
Wheelbase: 97.6 in
Length/Width/Height: 169.7/67.3/59.2 in
Turning circle: 33 ft

Brakes: vented discs on front, drums on rear
MacPherson struts with offset coil springs and 17-mm stabilizer bar in front, semi-independent torsion beam axle with coil springs in rear

0-60 mph: 10.8 seconds
Top Speed: n/a
60-0 mph: 127 ft

EPA City: 23 mpg
EPA Highway:
32 mpg

Smog Index:

Safety: front and side-impact airbags in front seats, tire pressure monitoring system, daytime running lamps, OnStar

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