2009 Chevrolet Aveo 5 1LT 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 5M)
The Aveo seemed far more comfortable and easier to drive than competitors. I bought the Aveo for my wife for her local commuting to work without her having seen it or driven it beforehand. She absolutely LOVES the car! It's cute and it's fun to drive. Don't judge the Aveo by what the (usually negative) "experts" reviews alone say. There appears to be more negative bias toward this car than deserved. Test drive one and compare it to the Yaris, Fit, Rio, etc. for yourself. You may not need or want certain features others may offer. This was the right car for us, considering what we expect from it. We got it for less than the dealer invoice price, plus an additional $2000 off.
Stainless steel exhaust. The interior is logical, easy to read controls and dash layout. Very easy to get in and out of. Seating is high, visibility is excellent. The seats are solid, supportive, and very adjustable. Exterior fit and finish are excellent – unexpectedly so for an inexpensive car.
There is VERY little glove box and interior storage space and no center console storage bin. The rear hatch has no remote release; the key must be used. Keys cost $150 per key to duplicate. Local (city) gas mileage is disappointing to many Aveo owners. We get 23 mpg in all city driving.