We just got our Aveo in December. I used it for a business conferance to Lake Geroge - 350 miles across southern NY. I set the cruise at 70 for most of the trip. I'm a big fellow - 270 - and I felt the car was pretty peppy. Lots of head room and body room. And considering I averaged 34 mpg, I think the car's a good deal. The dealer sold the car to us for just under 12000, including rebates. All we added was cruise control. We only have three thousand miles on it, but so far it runs like a champ. By the by. I had good winter tires installed at purchased - along with extra rims. The car handles very well in heavy snow and on ice with those tires.
Spaciousness inside. And we both liked the looks. could have bought a higher priced car, but didn't find one we liked as much.
My 1988 Chevy Celebrity - 2.8 v6 - got 33 mpg. You'd think that with 20 years of improved technology we'd be able to get better than 34 with such a small car as the Aveo. Come on guys! You can do better.