Aveo - the Next Best Selling Chevrolet

By: Jason Moore

The 2007 Aveo sedan is much-enhanced and coming to Chevy dealers across the country as a four and five-seater. It has the presence, emotions and looks of a car in the compact class. Pricing of the Aveo LS starts at $12,950 while the LT is at $15,450.

The power for the Aveo comes from a 1.6-litre, 16-valve four-cylinder producing 103 hp and 107 ft/lb of torque with what Chevrolet calls its Variable Geometry Induction System. There is a standard five-speed manual transmission with an optional four-speed automatic for this front driver.

The automatic features what Chevy calls Hold Control Mode. It lets the driver select and hold the transmission in a higher gear that yields torque to the front wheels to reduce wheel spin and traction loss on clever road surfaces.

Though fuel economy figures have not been released, the 2007 Aveo sedan assures a quality for cleaner emissions.

The Chevy Aveo is equipped to meet Canadian safety standards with standard duel rate front airbags and optional side-impact airbags for more torso and head protection. Standard safety features include four channel ABS with Electronic Brake Force Distribution, front-seat belts with front-load limiters, lower anchors for children's' seats and height-adjustable shoulder belt anchors.

Its trunk behind the 60/40 split rear seats offers 350 litres (12.4 cu ft) of luggage capacity. And it is quite easy to stow ski bags with all the boots and poles with the back seats folded flat.

Aside from the standard front headrests that tilt, the doors and seatbacks have pockets and hooks on the headrest posts to hold grocery bags or even backpacks. The Aveo also has a tilt steering wheel, remote keyless entry and cruise control is an option.

The LT has fog lamps, power heated side-mirrors, air conditioning, cruise control, power door locks, remote keyless entry, power windows and a "no charge" sunroof.

A special edition RS is also available. For $1,095 more, it your Aveo will get an iPod, premium six-speaker sound system, steering wheel audio controls, 15-inch aluminum wheels and spoiler.

The interior has a two-tone color scheme, stain chrome plus carbon-fiber look accents and very realistic looking "simul-wood" trim pieces. The LT also offers a power sunroof and heated body-color outside mirrors that are seldom optional extras in this segment.

Another standard is the AM/FM stereo with four speakers plus an optional system that supports MP3/CDs. An auxiliary jack for MP3 players is standard. A six-speaker sound system that supports MP3/CDs and an optional six-disc CD changer are still included in the list of options.

Chevrolet has the steering box fixed to the cross member of the front suspension for stability. The speed-sensitive power steering allows quick turns at slow speeds. Shorter wheelbases always mean quick reaction in cornering and this is enhanced by a front stabilizer bar.

So, are you looking for a stylish, but stout subcompact? The Chevrolet Aveo is a perfect choice.

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