All of the Aveo reviews I've seen to date have been fairly neutral - basically "the car is not much to get excited about, but it does its job as it should" kind of pronouncements. Some give the impression "pleasantly surprised."
Not this one!
The Truth About Cars (TTAC) really didn't like the freshened up 2007 sedan (the hatch didn't get updated until '08, and neither got the Ecotec engine until 2009).
Basically the reviewer complains about everything: from styling to trim quality, steering, handling, braking, engine, shift quality, clutch feel. You name it.
But where the review misses the obvious is in the conclusion:
Well, not quite. The car's main competitive advantage he glosses over - price - is obviously more important to a sizeable chunk of buyers in this segment than he realizes.Aveos sales are up despite the fact that the model doesn’t offer one competitive advantage over its rivals— not mileage, sportiness nor versatility. With better buzzboxes priced within a shifter’s throw of this Korean expatriate, there’s only one reason for anyone to buy a Chevrolet Aveo: to make other small car dealers and owners shake their heads in disbelief.
Full review (and 100+ comments from readers): http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/chevrolet-aveo-review/