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Chevrolet Aveo Gas Mileage

The subcompact Chevrolet Aveo was introduced in the 2004 model year and redesigned for 2006. The Aveo produces respectable gas mileage ratings, with highway ratings of 34 miles per gallon (MPG) for manual transmission-equipped 2008 models. Although it carries Chevrolet badges, the Aveo is built by Daewoo, a subsidiary of General Motors, and is imported from South Korea.

The Chevy Aveo is available in both four-door (shown above) and five-door configurations. All models are fitted with a 1.6 liter DOHC four cylinder engine that produces 103 horsepower and 107 foot pounds of torque.

We spent a week with the hatchback version and came away with some interesting observations. Check out our 2009 Chevy Aveo5 Review:


The Aveo was replaced by the Sonic in the 2012 model year. With a lighter curb weight than the Cruze, the Sonic delivers better performance and gas mileage than the Aveo. The Sonic is available with the fuel-efficient 1.4-liter turbocharged inline four cylinder engine used in the Chevy Cruze Eco.

We reviewed the American-made 2012 Chevy Sonic LTZ Turbo and found it to be significantly improved over the outgoing Aveo.


Chevrolet Aveo Gas Mileage – 2004-2011

Year Manf. Model Engine Disp. Fuel Trans. City Highway
2011 Chevrolet Aveo 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (A4) Auto 25 34
2011 Chevrolet Aveo 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 27 35
2011 Chevrolet Aveo 5 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (A4) Auto 25 34
2011 Chevrolet Aveo 5 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 27 35
2010 Chevrolet Aveo 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 27 35
2010 Chevrolet Aveo 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (A4) Auto 25 34
2010 Chevrolet Aveo 5 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 27 35
2010 Chevrolet Aveo 5 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (A4) Auto 25 34
2009 Chevrolet Aveo 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 27 34
2009 Chevrolet Aveo 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (L4) Auto 25 34
2009 Chevrolet Aveo 5 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 27 34
2009 Chevrolet Aveo 5 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (L4) Auto 25 34
2008 Chevrolet Aveo 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 24 34
2008 Chevrolet Aveo 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (A4) Auto 23 32
2008 Chevrolet Aveo 5 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 24 34
2008 Chevrolet Aveo 5 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (A4) Auto 23 32
2007 Chevrolet Aveo 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (A4) Auto 26 34
2007 Chevrolet Aveo 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 27 37
2007 Chevrolet Aveo 5 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 27 37
2007 Chevrolet Aveo 5 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (A4) Auto 26 34
2006 Chevrolet Aveo 5 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (A4) Auto 24 34
2006 Chevrolet Aveo 5 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 26 35
2005 Chevrolet Aveo 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 27 35
2005 Chevrolet Aveo 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (A4) Auto 26 34
2005 Chevrolet Aveo 5 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (A4) Auto 26 34
2005 Chevrolet Aveo 5 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 27 35
2004 Chevrolet Aveo 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (A4) Auto 26 34
2004 Chevrolet Aveo 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 27 35

Note: the EPA tweaked their testing procedure, starting with the 2008 model year, with the end result being that the 2008 MPG estimates are now lower than previous years. As always, YMMV.

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#1 30 MPG Cars on 01.24.08 at 5:33 pm

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#2 Tim on 04.03.08 at 4:06 pm

I picked up a 2007 Aveo 5 spd over Xmas when my truck blew an engine and so far I’m averaging 34-40 mpg depending on how many times I have to drive through town, I try to stick to the truck routes that circle town. Thats including some fast, agressive driving also. I’m too used to flying away from lights to get a gap between me and traffic on the motorcycle. The next time I visit the folks (300 miles, mostly rual roads) I’ll set the cruise control at 60 and see if I can break 45mpg.

My mother also has one of these, a 2004 automatic, the main reason why I decided on one. She averages 36 mpg and maxes out at 41 on trips up here to the city (100% hwy), of course she drives much more conservatively than I do.

#3 joe on 04.19.08 at 11:44 pm

i have the 2007 chevy aveo 5(manual). in order to get this gas mileage, what speeds do i need to travel on the highway?

#4 Phil on 04.25.08 at 4:57 pm

Getting 19 mpg in the city on my first tank. 08-manual trans.

#5 Kevin on 05.20.08 at 10:17 pm

2007 Aveo: 18-19mpg AVERAGE of freeway and city. Should be 28-34 as purchased (or 23-31 as told by Chevy AFTER the EPA “adjusted” the mileage. I wonder who paid the EPA to change the mileage numbers?) I have been ripped off. I got 76 miles on the 1st 1/4 tank, 48 miles on the 2nd 1/4, 36 on 3rd 1/4 and 22 on the last 2.5 gallons.
That’s 182 on 11.5 gallons and all of city mileage. Doesn’t the car get lighter with less gas? Shouldn’t the mileage get better as the car gets lighter?
Chevy says NOTHING wrong with car and refuses to admit to it’s got problems.

#6 Darin G on 05.22.08 at 12:30 pm

I just purchased a used 07 Aveo 5 (manual) with 5000 miles on it. I averaged 32mpg on the first tank, mostly hwy miles, probably 1/3 were city, and drove it somewhat conservative. My best friend owns an 07 sedan (auto) and has achieved 44 mpg on the interstate.

#7 J Roe on 05.31.08 at 9:58 am

Have owned an 06 5 speed manual Aveo for about a year now and if I keep it under 65mph on the hwy I get 42 mpg every time, never got below 35mpg comibined hwy and city driving. Overall very pleased with vehicle.

#8 max on 07.23.08 at 12:51 am

My mother has an 07 and the best mpg she has seen was 27 on the highway, she is very disappointed with the car. She was looking into having a better flowing exhaust put on when she found out that there is an advisement put out by GM to have the computer adjusted, the dealer said some people are reporting 40+mpg after having it done.

#9 Jerry on 08.02.08 at 7:30 am

I was just wondering what kind of problems the 2004 Aveo had i am thinking about buying one Any comment will be appreaciated thanks

#10 Arch_NME on 08.26.08 at 10:40 am

@Kevin: I have one question for you. How many miles per gallon do you get while you’re stopped at a red light with your engine running?

In other words, City MPG will vary. It’s just an estimate. The more time you spend not moving, stuck in traffic, or at lights, or stopping and going, the worse you MPG will be. It’s not the car’s fault or Chevy’s or a conspiracy with the EPA.

#11 mpg-o-editor on 08.26.08 at 11:11 am

City mileage will always be a mixed bag with conventional vehicles. An idling car wastes fuel, pure and simple.

Most hybrids have the capability to shut down their gasoline engines while at a stop. This saves a considerable amount of fuel.

I’ve driven two awesome non-hybrid European cars that use stop-start technology to improve mileage results: the clean diesel BMW 123d and Mini Cooper D. Stop-start can be a bit startling at first, but you soon become accustomed to it.

#12 jason on 08.28.08 at 12:13 pm

Does any one with the Aveo have a loud hum or whistle when going over 75 on the highway?

#13 Felix on 09.04.08 at 7:58 am

yeh that whistle in cross winds and over 75 is annoying as heck… got this from another website

Yeah I know what you”re talking about. I had an 07 aveo that did the same thing. It only happened to me when I was driving 85+ though. It”s not the bearings so don”t go and replace your bearings pre-maturely. If it”s the same thing as mine was it was a whistling coming from the passenger wheel-well. The plastic lining in mine was a little loose so it made a whistling noise when I hit high speeds. I just epoxied it down and it stopped.

#14 Curt on 09.29.08 at 12:43 pm

For those of you who are confused with the car’s m.p.g, the tank only holds 10 gallons PLUS a 1.5 gallon reserve. When the gas tank needle touches the empty line, you’ve only used 10 gallons, and not 11.5. In my 05′, I’m averaging about 18 in town and about 34 on the freeway. Which is kinda close to what the EPA stickers said.

#15 Matt on 10.02.08 at 9:37 am

Kevin – Man I hate to tell you this but I get that mileage now in my Ranger (4.0 V6). You would think a Aveo would get much better mileage than that?

#16 Samuel on 10.27.08 at 8:27 pm

I own a 5 gear aveo5 2007 and I find its not very good on gas in town. In town I average 10 to 11 liters for 100 km driving it normally. If I don’t rev it passed 2000 RPM I can get a extra 100 km on a full tank. On the Hi way I can get 700 km on a full tank at speeds of 90 to 100 kph. At 120 kph i get 500 to 550km on a full tank. All I can say is why do thy call the engine echo tech? beats me.

My old mazda protege 1993 1.6 engine had the same gas per millage.

The thing with cars built in Korea is they use older engine technologies that they buy from say Toyota and other renown car builders. That way they can offer a car at a good price with some options in the base package.

in 2006 when I got my Aveo I payed 13 500 for the base model that included : MP3 CD line in, 5 door, rear wiper. These options where essential to me but I didn’t expect the poor gas millage.

For 14 500$ I would of got a 3 door Yaris with 2 speakers cd player, no rear wiper. And the interest rate was 8%. Adding 2500$ I would of got the 5 door MP3CD rear wiper. Kind of steep to me for a small car at the time.

Taking in to account the price increase of gas and the resell value, the Yaris is a better buy.

I still enjoy the Aveo5, its spacious inside, parks where I don’t expect it to fit, easy to maneuver and I dont really care if someone steels it :)

Sam

#17 Randy on 02.04.09 at 1:39 pm

I have a 2006 Aveo 5 manual trans. When “new” I was getting about 26-28 combined mileage. On trips I was getting about 29 Hwy traveling “with traffic” (55 -70 mph). I was rather dissapointed. I now have 33,000 miles and my MPG has gone up to 28-30 combined and some of this can be below zero outside in winter and AC on in summer. The Hwy mileage from MPLS to Detroit “driving with traffic” is now up to about 32 mpg. No bragging. No BS. This is the REAL mileage. I am an “aggressive” driver, however the mileage isn’t much different if I baby it either. It doesn’t make much real power past 3000 RPMs, so I mostly shift at or before that mark and let the engines torque do its work. It has been very reliable. No warranty work besides the wiper arms! All in all a good cheap car. PS I had 3 Geo Metros and NONE of them EVER got better than 35 REAL MPGs…

#18 jerryfh on 02.28.09 at 7:52 pm

i have a 07 aveo….. sorriest car i have ever owned. no fuel mileage, rides like a little red wagon with no wheels. and what is bad, i have never owned anything but chevys, and 2 were new chevys

#19 russ on 04.12.09 at 9:00 pm

If I keep my 2001 185,000 miles ford Taurus under 60 mph running 150 miles per day and filling up at the same gas pump I get 28 to 30 miles per gallon. 28 with air. I think for $1,100 dollars I’ll just drop another engine in it now that I see how little mileage these four bangers are getting. Just put in a rebult trans for $800. can buy alot of gas for 10 grand.

#20 Ray on 05.15.09 at 11:19 pm

We have recently picked up another Aveo. Our first is an ’04 with auto. It currently has 250,000+ KMs on it. Only repairs have been one set of front brake pads, 2 lower ball joints, both rear shocks & mounts. Inner tie rod ends now have play and will be replaced shortly. Only other investment has been oil changes (synthetic), air filters, and tires. The car is interesting, as it can achieve 42 MPG but only if driven 75 – 90 MPG. Lower highway speeds results in ~36 MPG. City ranges from 32 MPG – 36 MPG, traffic dependant. Our “new” Aveo is an ’05 with standard trans. With only 61,000 KM on the clock, we’re anticipating the same reliable service we’ve been getting from the first. First tank of gas in the ’05 resulted in 32.8 MPG in the city, and that was with some fairly aggressive driving. Other Aveo owners I have talked to are experiencing the same satisfaction. These cars seem to be the best bang-for-the-buck out there, once the low cost of maintenance is factored in. We are going to be installing K&N air filters and custom cat-back exhaust systems in both cars shortly, just to see how much more MPG we can get out of them.

#21 Deck Gill on 02.13.10 at 12:05 am

Gas mileage, I never talk city, fill the tank till I see it, drive until I feel I need a fillup, fill it to the brim, miles devided by gallons.
I bought a little Chevy Sprint years ago used, 5 spd 3 cyl. carburated, always got near 50 mpg +. 1000 cc engine, no power anything, no A/C, just a gas saver.
We bought a 1994 Nissan Sentra 5 spd, A/C 15 years ago, my wife is still driving this wonderful little car, it now has about 160000 miles on it, would still look new except for hale damage, my wife is easy on her cars, never over 65 mph. from Oregon to Ok. she got a whopping 45 mpg. my question is,,(WHY) can’t the auto manufactors build another gas mizer.
were going to drive the Sentra until it falls apart.

#22 mike on 02.27.10 at 1:22 am

I got a 2006 chevy aveo 5 speed manual in 17 inch racing ryms and cut off the catalyic converter and installed a free flow straight pipe. i get about 28 on the city close to 39 on the freeway not bad, for an american built south korean car. i paid $6000 with 2000 miles on the car i like it i used it for work and is cool for the price.

#23 hobo on 07.09.10 at 10:22 pm

check the rubber tubing at the vac.advance.i found a big hole in the tubing,then bend the metal tubing so it won’t rub again.hobo

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