Better Gas Mileage Car Review: 2009 Chevrolet Aveo

Sunday, October 26, 2008 16:33

If you’re considering a hybrid car because you like the idea of increased gas mileage, but are wary of the disadvantages of hybrid cars, the new 2009 Chevy Aveo or Aveo5 might be for you.  These new cars from Chevy promise to get around 34 mpg, which is in the same class of the current hybrid vehicles.  Unlike hybrids, however, the Chevy Aveos are traditional gasoline powered cars with a modern 16-valve four-cylinder engine and variable valve timing for optimal power and fuel efficiency.

2009 Chevy AveoThe Aveo is the sedan version and the Aveo5 is the hatchback.  Both pump out just over 100 horsepower and lb/ft of torque, so while they’re not ready for the NASCAR circuit they’re not wimply little boxcars, either.  They start in the mid $12,000 to $13,000 range, so they’re very affordable as well.

Now, the 34 mpg sounds pretty good, but that’s the best it will get.  The actual breakdowns are 27 mpg/City, 34 mpg/Highway for a manual transmission, and 25 mpg/City, 34 mpg/Highway for the automatic (according to Chevy’s specs).  This is approaching hybrid fuel effeciency, but not quite there yet.  The Toyota Prius gets 48 mpg/City, 45 mpg/Highway (according to federal mileage specs).

But since the Toyota Prius starts at $22,000, almost $10,000 more than the Aveo and Aveo5, you have to consider total cost of ownership.  How many times do you have to fill the tank to make back your investment on a hybrid car as opposed to the Chevy Aveo?

It’s not a direct comparison, because the Aveo is a little smaller than the Prius.  It’s a nice car to get around in, but noone’s going to mistake you a rock star in it.  But if you’re not a rock star, chances are you don’t have rock star money to pay for gas, so it might be worth your while to consider Chevy Aveo‘s increased gas mileage and low sticker price as a great way to save at the pump.

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18 Responses to “Better Gas Mileage Car Review: 2009 Chevrolet Aveo”

  1. Alaska car glass says:

    December 3rd, 2008 at 12:25 am

    Thanks you for posting this interesting article.

  2. donation says:

    March 11th, 2009 at 5:08 am

    Appreciate the info guys, thanks

  3. Adam@st louis brazilian jiu jitsu says:

    June 6th, 2009 at 6:49 am

    This post is just in time, as I am in a discernment stage on what car to buy with my very low budget. I haven’t thought of chevy first as I was searching for toyota or honda, and then I came across your blog. I think I need to see the specification and the car in person. Thanks so much, this was really just in time.

  4. John@Solar collector says:

    June 20th, 2009 at 11:30 am

    This efficiency is surely a step forward, but theres a long way to go in beating hybrid mileage…

  5. Norhafidz@Fast Cars says:

    July 1st, 2009 at 10:24 am

    Chevrolet is one my fav cars. Thanks for this post pal. I bookmarked your blog and will come again soon.

  6. Factory Car Service Manual says:

    August 18th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Smaller car, better gas mileage, therefore lower maintenance and repair costs. Downside is you can’t carry too many people tho.
    .-= Factory Car Service Manual´s last blog ..Auto Repair Manual =-.

  7. Susan@Trade In's says:

    September 15th, 2009 at 2:14 am

    I think that many people are going smaller, its just more economical and in tough times like we going through at the moment, so if one can save money and get more miles and its good for the planet, then all this is a huge bonus.

  8. Dragdreams says:

    October 2nd, 2009 at 2:09 am

    Haha. I agree. It can only carry smaller number of people; however, it still depends on your purpose. I think this car has good specs
    .-= Dragdreams´s last blog ..1932 Ford Deuce Roadster | The Most Definitive Hot Rod =-.

  9. Girish@Car Rental Auckland says:

    October 26th, 2009 at 3:01 am

    We run a car rental gig in Auckland and I bet we know the significance of fuel efficiency and economy much better than anyone. We have tried several cars in the past which boasted of low fuel consumption and high performance, but has ended in vain. We are planning to buy some hybrid cars early in 2010 and I think we should give a try to the 2009 Chevrolet Aveo. Hope this car meets all our requirements and prove to be trustworthy. Thanks for the apprehensive review.
    .-= Girish@Car Rental Auckland´s last blog ..Rugby World Cup Car Rentals =-.

  10. Truck Bed Caps says:

    November 26th, 2009 at 9:07 am

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  11. frugalcarguy says:

    April 17th, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    I bought one for $4600 out of pocket with a trade in during the “Cash for Clunkers” rebate program. I basically was looking for the most inexpensive car I could buy. It was a stripped down 2009 Aveo5. No AC, no cruise control, but it did have air bags all around, was relatively spacious for such a small car and seemed overall to be practical and efficient. I couldn’t be happier. It has a higher ride hight than any other small car of been in, which I like. I’ve driven it from Portland, OR to Long Beach, CA in a day and it was comfortable and rode well. With a 50/50 split of city/hwy I average 29.5 mpg, which is right between the epa ratings, where it should be. Even if you were to spring for more options, the price is right as compared to a hybrid, and there is no eco-guilt over the battery issue most hybrids have that raise questions about there net green rating (production and recycling of the batteries in hybrids have been an issue). This is a good car for the money. Take advantage of GM incentives and dealer discounts and one can be had at a bargain price, while the lowest cost hybride would probably be double the money.

  12. Insurance Quote Car says:

    June 30th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    You have nice piece of information here. Keep it up. I will be expecting more useful info from you.

  13. Car Manuals says:

    August 8th, 2010 at 4:29 am

    Omg! that is excellent “The Toyota Prius gets 48 mpg/City, 45 mpg/Highway” I so need one of these. When my car only does 19mpg 🙁 I hope they will be able to do something a little faster but also high mpg Car Workshop Manuals

  14. Car Hire Devon says:

    August 16th, 2010 at 8:15 am

    when choosing a vehicle. Think carefully about what kind of vehicle you’ll need. If you’re traveling with children or with a lot of gear, you may want a large sedan or SUV. If you’re simply looking to save money on rental rates and gas, you’ll want to reserve the smallest available model.

  15. Fuel Tank says:

    August 24th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Your blog is really a great one. Keep this one up. Anyways, about the post, It is great that car manufacturers are trying different ways to increase the gas efficiency of the cars. This is a good choice aside from the hybrids, especially for the traditional ones like me. 🙂

  16. broad@fuel tank says:

    August 25th, 2010 at 4:11 am

    Having cars which have better gas mileage is a good alternative for everyone since not all people are open in the idea of having hybrid cars. I think that this gives better options for all so that we can have better judgment as to what type of car efficiency we wanted.

  17. ferril@brake drum says:

    August 25th, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    I would like to have a car like this. I am a traditional so I really wanted to feel the burn of gas than of having a hybrid. But with this little baby, I am sure that I can also help the environment in choosing the right vehicle.

  18. LAX Car Rental says:

    November 4th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    What style of Aveo do you prefer? I have driven the hatch back once, and I like it, but I was wondering if one of the other styles offered was a little better or made no difference at all

    Thanks
    Jen