2004 Chevrolet Aveo Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2004 Chevrolet Aveo - Road Test Specs

2004 Chevrolet Aveo Hatchback

(1.6L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)


Model year2004
StyleLS 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 5M)
Base MSRP$12,045.00
As-tested MSRP$13,210.00


Drive typeFWD
Engine typeDOHC I4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1.6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)103@6000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)107@3600
Transmission type5-Speed Manual


Suspension, frontIndependent McPherson struts w/ stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent torsion beam
Steering typepower rack-and-pinion steering
Tire brandKumho
Tire modelSteel Radial
Tire size, frontP185/60R14
Tire size, rearP185/60R14
Brakes, frontventilated front disc / rear drum

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)6.4
0-60 mph (sec.)10.8
0-75 mph (sec.)16.5
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)17.84@76.8
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30.3
60-0 mph (ft.)127.1
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)61.4
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)N/A
Sound level @ idle (dB)Low
@ Full throttle (dB)77
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)74

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThe Aveo likes to break its small front tires loose on launch, so we found that the best way to get rolling was to let out the clutch at 2,500 rpm, then floor the accelerator. The tiny four-cylinder revs up to about 5,500 rpm fairly quickly, but runs out of steam above that. Between 5,500 and 6,000 it doesn't seem to make any real power, so even though redline is set at 6,500 rpm, it doesn't make much sense to run it up there. The five-speed manual has very wide gear spacing, which is unfortunate. With only 100 horsepower on tap, it could benefit from tighter gearing, even if you had to shift it a little more often. This is not a quick car.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsSpringing for the optional ABS is definitely a wise move on a car this small. It exhibited very little front-end drive, which wasn't bad considering this is not a performance car. Overall, the stops tracked straight and were confidence-inspiring. Distances increased by 6 feet after one stop, so fade was noticeable but still confident, not mushy like some cars in this class. After four stops, the Aveo was still coming to rest in good distances; although, it did exhibit some front end pull to the right. The brakes were very good considering this vehicle's ultralow price.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsBiggest challenge in slaloming the Aveo was obtaining a good entrance speed of 68-70 mph; however, once there, it was able to maintain speed through the slalom surprisingly well. The numbers were quite impressive, and driving dynamics of this car were very good for its price range. The contact patch of the tire was small, which didn't seem to effect the car because it's so light. Body roll was significant at speed, and there was virtually no power to pull out of the final cones, but the steering feedback and feel are both good, and the car is very predictable at the limit. Handling was very solid in terms for this price range. -- Karl Brauer

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)27 City 35 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)23
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)11

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2354
Length (in.)152.7
Width (in.)65.7
Height (in.)58.8
Wheelbase (in.)97.6
Legroom, front (in.)41.2
Legroom, rear (in.)35.3
Headroom, front (in.)39.2
Headroom, rear (in.)37.6
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)7 cu. ft.
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)42 cu. ft.


Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years / 60,000 miles
Corrosion6 years / 100,000 miles
Roadside assistance3 years / 36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot Available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsNot Available
Head airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakesOptional
Electronic brake enhancementsNot Available
Traction controlNot Available
Stability controlNot Available
Rollover protectionNot Available
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driverExcellent
NHTSA crash test, passengerExcellent
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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