I purchased this car last month and it is my first new car. So far it has had no problems at all. The interior is huge for a little car (bigger than the Echo) . I would almost say that it feels like driving a small minivan. Pick-up is pretty good for a small car. The interior design reminds me very much of the interior of the new VW Beetle - and to a lesser extent, the Jetta. This definitely does not look or feel like an American-built car (which it isn't).
MP3 CD player, sleek exterior, cool interior, fairly economical. High up off the ground (not quite as tall as a minivan, but close!). Has a really nice automatic shifter, and is really cheap to purchase. The headlights are really good for night driving, and it's smooth on the highway.
When you use the air conditioning on a hot day, the Aveo makes you well aware of it. The engine, being so small, runs at much higher RPMS. I have also found that the air does not work very well on really hot days (85+ degrees F) - but it does eventually cool down when on circulation mode