• Jun 18, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the Chevy Aveo

Consumer Reports isn't known for completely trashing cars in its reviews. In fact, the publication is more often criticized for going too easy on them and finding something to like in everything that passes through the CR garage. But dang if they didn't just tear apart the 2008 Chevy Aveo sedan, going so far as to say its big-bro Cobalt is an all-around better car and better deal for bargain shoppers. They cite Cobalt's comparable fuel economy, better handling, quieter more refined interior and, after discounts, better price.

The magazine calls the Aveo a "miserable little car" and, since they couldn't find the name "Aveo" anywhere in the car's interior, thinks GM might think so, too. CR says its readers certainly thought the Aveo was miserable, rating the hatchback and sedan variants at the very bottom of their classes.

Worse than the Cobalt? Ouch. We tested the 2007 model and gave it a resounding score of "eh." Any Aveo owners out there who want to defend their little Korean cars' reputation? Anyone?


[Source: Consumer Reports]


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      Tracy
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just bought a brand new Aveo and luv it! It's got a better look that the ugly Cobalt! I was on my way to buy a Toyota for thousands more and stopped for the heck of it to look at an Aveo and I really am impressed! CR only likes the high price Hollywood type cars so I would never listen to them anyway.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i laugh at anyone who buys a new car anyways. After buying my first new car, a buick rendevous, and owning it for less than a year before i was told by the dealership that it needed a new engine and the warranty didn't cover some of the labor (about $1800 worth) i gave it up... i've gone back to buying older used cars that get just as good, if not better, gas mileage as these new "fuel efficient" cars do...

      Two years ago I wanted to try my hand at manual transmission so i bought a 1993 VW Fox... I spent about $800 on it... granted i did have to buy a new transmission (another $1200), the savings in fuel alone was well worth it... 15 years old, comfortably seats two adults and two children, and I get around 28-30 mpg... It has been upgraded to being my "toy" to being my main car now...
      • 6 Years Ago
      "The driver need not be unduly concerned with the cars handling"

      Consumer Reports, 1960 Corvair

      "It's a great little car highly recommend"

      Consumer Reports, Austin America "Best Buy"

      Ever do a recall test on the "best products"

      CR is joke, has been, will continue to be.

      As to the Aveo, it's an econobox, what do you expect?

        mikeloc
        • 6 Years Ago
        let us not forget that nadir hated the independent rear suspension, just like the car you now drive. turned out that the corvair was unfairly picked on, great mileage and all. what mileage wouldwe be getting without nadir? perhaps 40 in town, 60 on the road.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You know what? There were a lot of groups, publications, etc. that did testing on the Corvair and concluded it was no less safer than the Porsche 911s and various other rear engined vehicles of the day.

        Ralph Nader was/is a moron.

        But I agree with your thoughts of CR.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Geo,

        Not all small cars have the same fuel economy. In fact, Consumer Reports found that the Aveo LT sedan managed only 25 combined MPG, while the larger, more practical Toyota Corolla got 32 MPG. Also, while the Aveo Sedan and the Yaris Hatchback both scored too low to be recommended, the Yaris still managed 33 MPG.

        The Aveo is absolutely rotten, and it doesn't even have good MPG as a redeeming trait.
        • 6 Years Ago
        well the reasoning is sound. When I looked at the two while at a dealer, the sticker difference was around 1K-1.5K and comparable fuel economy.

        TO BE FAIR, the same can typically be said of this class, the Yaris, the Versa, the Fit. basically same price, same fuel economy,
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree, NHTSA, or its 1970s analog, did comprehensive tests on the Corvair after its production was halted, it was fine. Ralph Nader was/is a moron.

        That being said, there was some concern when the tires were incorrectly inflated, but GM told people to put less air pressure in the rear tires, if people/garages put in equal pressures than its their fault!
        • 6 Years Ago
        CR may be a Joke, but they have an enomous amount of influence on the Manufacturers. I am of the opinion that pretty soon, a manufacturer will sue them since they have nothing to loose anymore
        • 6 Years Ago
        Along the same lines, Motor Trend named the Chevy Vega "Car of the Year" when it was introduced in '70 or '71.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ABS is an option on the Aveo? That's kind of sad but also kind of cool. I like it when everything's an option. If it were the case I'd have no stereo, A/C, and ABS in my cars.
      Jerry
      • 6 Years Ago
      Consumers Report always favor foreign cars hardly ever give american auto's a good rating so why listen to them you already know what they are going to say before you read it
      confused
      • 6 Years Ago
      I owned a 1986 Chevy (Suzuki) Sprint. It was small, but the gas mileage was ALWAYS over 50mpg. A friend of mine had a Honda CRX that was always over 50mpg. Why are these automakers trying to fool us with their precious 50mpg "hybrids"?

      Just get Suzuki to make me another Sprint and I will be happy.
      1son
      • 6 Years Ago
      My mom bought an Aveo without consulting me. I was sure it would be a mistake. 2 years in, it's proven reliable, cheap, and she's happy with it. For the money, and for a lady who wanted to pay cash for a car, it's been a winner. I've driven it and am pleased at how it has held up.
      Jay Gambit
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have an aveo. And it is the worst car i've ever owned. The gas milage is more realistically near 19mpg city and 21hwy. It is a miserable little car, down to it's poorly made seats which come apart and it's oddly placed A/C outlets, cupholders [right over the ashtray and directly under the radio].
      • 6 Years Ago
      I purchased an Aveo last August. It's my first brand-new car. The reason I went with it? The Chevy dealer near my house was having a huge sale on them....and since a loaded Aveo LS (electric windows, locks, a/c, auto, et al) was about 2-3K cheaper than a similar Cobalt, I went with it. Other than the fact that a child's Power Wheels toy has more horespower, I happen to really like my car. It gets me from point A to point B (and back to point A), looks like a baby 2nd-generation Malibu (somewhat), and gets about 35 mpg on the highway. But had Pontiac been selling the G3/Wave here in the US, I would have went with that instead, only because it comes with the red-backlight gauges.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Steve: The more hate that Autobloggers throw towards a car, the better it probably is in reality. I know it's true with the Cobalt, and I think the newest Aveo is probably there too. GM has obviously put some money and effort into the little Korean sedan, and it seems they'll do the same with the new Cobalt come 2009.

      • 6 Years Ago
      C.R. doesn't know crap about cars.....maybe an egg timer but not cars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      OK, true, Brendan. It was a glaring mistake. And the author is ripping on the Aveo, which isn't to my liking. So he gets slapped with a wet noodle.
      • 6 Years Ago
      An ex-girlfriend of mine drives a yellow Aveo.

      Hey, what can I say--it looks better than an '08 Ford Focus.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wow, better than an 08 Focus? I think an Aztek looks better than an 08 Focus, too.
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