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Chevrolet Aveo Real World MPG

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  • bolton323bolton323 Posts: 6
    I bought the '05 Aveo 4 door LS and my first tank of gas produced a 22.6 mpg. That was a 50/50 mix of city and highway with a careful foot on the pedal.

    Some indicate that the mpg's go up after the initial break-in period. I've seen the mpg's reported in the mid-high 30's and I'm not even close to that.

    Any tips?
  • randydriverrandydriver Posts: 262
    Your mileage should go up after the break-in period mine is around 27-29 city and about 37-40 highway. It is down a because of the heat here and running the air all the time.
  • bolton323bolton323 Posts: 6
    I sure hope it increases. I was wondering if maybe the computer is calibrating everything and needs the first 1-2K miles to set up for efficiency.

    ..did yours start out this low?
  • randydriverrandydriver Posts: 262
    my lowest mpg was like 27.1 I believe but I bought my car in march and it was cold and I drove it softly for the first 1000miles so it could break in first. Now in June and July I run the air constantly and was getting a little manic in my driving...and was down to 26-28 around town. Now I have pulled back my driving style and drove to Sherman,Tx from Dallas and got about 40.1 on an old Hi-way and with out the air (we had a brief cold front that Saturday, highs in the mid 80,s) so it was better. If I drive 70-75 I get about 34-36 mpg. still not bad. My best mileage has been about 41.2.
  • byarsbyars Posts: 3
    my automatic 2005 aveo ls getting very poor mileage for intown driving 20mpg. i bought used with 7k miles on it and probably driven 1k since then. one out of town 80 mile trip looked like about 33mpg but town driving is shameful! of course this is with a lot of a/c driving but still-----------!!
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,910
    Recommended tire pressures should be marked on a tag that is inside the driver's door jamb, or possibly on the inside of the door itself.
  • blendengblendeng Posts: 12
    Thanks Backy... But I did check those areas and could not find it. The only thing that I found was in the owners manuals which states to look at the tire and that will give you the maximum psi. The maximum psi is 44, I thought that was kind of high and should be in the 30's.....
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,910
    You may have another problem. If sticker or plate with the tire inflation numbers is not there, the car may have been repainted... after an accident. Hopefully that is not the case. Maybe that info is posted someplace else on the Aveo. Another place to check is inside the glove box lid.
  • It's 30 PSI for all four tires...
  • When could I expect to get good gas mileage from my 2005 Aveo Hatchback ? My first tank full got approx 20 MPG.
    I have heard that the new car needs to be broken in. I purchased it on 1/2/2006 new.
    It is automatic/AC.

    I have not really had any freeway driving and most the driving is in the city.
    Any input is greatly appreciated.
  • dkuhajdadkuhajda Posts: 487
    With the automatic or manual city driving is going to vary a lot based on how long hte trips are, how long it takes, and how many stops are along the way. The penalty is worse with the automatic, but in most urban environments you can expect around 80% of the EPA rated city MPG. FYI the EPA gives good information of how they test to arrive at a given economy rating for both city and highway driving.

    It will take around 5000-7000 miles and at least one oil change to start to see the MPG get to its best level.

    Unless you can provide full details of your city driving habits, then there is little information to base a comparison.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    Regardless of your city driving habits you should still get at least 25 mpg in the city with an automatic.

    There has been some Aveo's with incorrect computer programming and terrible mileage as a result. If this is the case with your car the dealer should be able to recalibrate it. There was some past posts regarding this issue and how it greatly improves mileage.

    You may want to search a site like to try and find more information on this.
  • Hi everyone. I'm new to this particular group but not to the board.

    I'm from Canada and just bought a 2006 Suzuki Swift+ 5 door hatchback, 5 speed, no a/c, which is EXACTLY the same as Canada's Chevy Aveo and Pontiac Wave and whatever the Daewoo is called??? I think they are all Daewoos right and just rebadged as Chev, Pontiac or Suzuki???

    In Canada at least the 2006 Chev Aveo or Pontiac Wave does not have side airbags, CD etc that this Suzuki has so this is a better deal from that point of view.

    My only disappointment has been the gas mileage. My first tank only returned about 32 mpg overall. In Canada its rated at 31 mpg city and 46 mpg hwy. Remember too that a Cdn gallon is 20% larger than a USA gallon so my average is only about 26.5 mpg in USA gallons. To make matters worse the split was roughly 2/3 hwy minimum and 1/3 city miles. Has anyone else got this poor mileage and do you think it will improve once broken in???

    On the hwy i mostly average around 60 to 65 mph and in the city although i am usually an aggressive driver, i have 90-95% of the time been really babying it, starting off extremely slow and shifting around 2500rpm and not flooring it at all or going very fast. There has been some stop and go but overall not a lot.

    Based on Canada's "EPA" ratings i would have expected combined to be about 40 mpg minimum considering majority of miles were highway at relatively normal speeds. At 100 kilometers per hour or about 62 1/2 mph it revs about 2750 rpm and at 110 KPH or 69 mph it revs about 3000 rpm.

    Any opinions would be very much appreciated.

  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    You'll almost surely get better mileage after it's broken in. What that will be is anybody's guess. Fuel mileage seems to run all over the place from high teens to 40 MPG (all figures in US gallons).

    I had hoped for better, considering the light weight and small engine. It should average 35+ with moderate driving and most people don't do that well. I just finished entering all my gas receipts into a computer program for maintaining auto expenses -- at 53K miles, my average with 80% highway and 20% gentle driving on secondary roads is 32.03. That's exactly what I got with a heavier, larger car with 138 HP vs. the Aveo's 103 HP.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    I have read a couple of times on the forum that some Aveo's (2005 models as far as I know) with bad mileage needed the computer to be reprogrammed. There was some kind of notice given to dealers about this but I am not sure if it includes 2006 models.
  • Thanks for the info. Actually i've never kept a log before but you have inspired me to do the same. What better time than with a brand new car and if there is a serious gas mileage problem i will have receipts and data to back up my claim.

    Actually aside from current poor mileage i do love the car and the roominess for its size and my local Suzuki dealer has been great. I am optimistic mileage will improve.

    Reassuring to know also if i head off on a long trip and no Suzuki dealer near by i can get service at any GM Chev or Pontiac dealer also.

    Again, thanks for the "inspiration". :)
  • gogogodzillagogogodzilla VirginiaPosts: 707
    My only disappointment has been the gas mileage. My first tank only returned about 32 mpg overall. In Canada its rated at 31 mpg city and 46 mpg hwy. Remember too that a Cdn gallon is 20% larger than a USA gallon so my average is only about 26.5 mpg in USA gallons. To make matters worse the split was roughly 2/3 hwy minimum and 1/3 city miles. Has anyone else got this poor mileage and do you think it will improve once broken in???

    Wow, I get better gas mileage in my VW GTI.

    Though a newly bought car will need to be 'broken in' for the best gas mileage. Also, the winter formula gasoline tends to yield a few MPG less than the summer formula.

    So it could just be a combination of both. If it's still bad come summer, you might want to take it to the dealership for an full inspection.
  • vw79type2vw79type2 Posts: 37
    I am interested in the Aveo LS 4-Door hatchback but am confused over the gas mileage. I've heard some people get really great gas mileage (like 38 highway) while others are lucky to get 27 highway.:confuse:

    I would like to know what owners here have been experiencing, especially after they have broken their cars in. I'm particularly interested to hear what type of mileage those with the manual transmission have been getting both city and highway.

    Thanks for your help.
  • My husband used this car, brand new, for almost 1 year to commute to Orlando an hour away. He got 38 mpg consistently. Now a little over a year later we Went to Tampa and back on just under a tank of gas. This is a great little car. Very roomy for it's size. We have the hatch back. Anyone who rides in it for the first time is always very pleasently surprised by the room and comfort. I recommend this car to everyone. :)
  • randydriverrandydriver Posts: 262
    I own the 5-speed and am getting about 29-31 around town and 37-40 on the highway ....I did drive 85mph through oklahoma on highway 70 and got 36.5 not bad. I even hit 90 a few times. Some teenage goatropers were trying to race me in there dualie.
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    I've been involved in 2 other forums beside Edmunds and gas mileage DOES seem to vary quite a bit from car to car. I personally think that 38 mpg is far and away the exception, rather than the rule. I wouldn't absolutely count on any more than low 30s for a hatchback in strictly highway driving.

    I keep track of every drop of fuel and enter it into a software program to track business expenses. At 66K miles, my average is 31.88 for a 2004 sedan with AT driving 80% highway/parkway and 20% moderate around-town miles. On the highway, the auto trans shouldn't hurt a bit since it has a slightly higher final drive ratio, but probably costs a couple of miles/gallon around town.

    Check the mileage of actual owners at -- pretty much high 20s to low 30s.
  • randydriverrandydriver Posts: 262
    I am an actual owner..
  • jkramerjkramer Posts: 6
    When gas hit 3 bucks a gallon I started looking for a $10,000 hatchback that got 30 mpg. The Aveo fit the bill and so far I haven't been disappointed. Today at the pump I noticed that the person before me put $66 in their tank. I smiled as my pump shut off at $26.

    I have a 2005 LS 5-Door 5 speed manual. During 7 months of ownership the odometer reads 6400 miles. Every week I drive pretty much the same route which consists of about 50% highway and 50% city driving. I record my milage at each fill and have averaged 31.1 mpg with a low of 28.4 and a high of 33.6 mpg.

    I haven't taken a long trip so I don't know what it would get for strictly highway mileage so I can't help you there.

    In my opinion the 5-speed does little to improve gas mileage over the automatic especially at highway speeds. At 70 mph the engine is turning 3000 rpm and when I get up to 80 I find myself wishing for a 6th gear. If you plan to do more highway driving I would go for the automatic.
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    No offense intended ;)

    I just meant owners have recorded their mileage as opposed to EPA estimates or car mag figures.

    I can live with mileage -- I just hope the car holds up over the long haul. The suspension is pretty shabby now and requires a lot of steering corrections and a firm hand to track straight. It seems to be the weak link on this model. Hopefully, they've corrected some of the flaws since the first year because it's not a bad car otherwise.
  • randydriverrandydriver Posts: 262
    I am a slow driver.....and I usually drive the speed limits..and drive very casually around town. I don't have a tendency to floor it so to speak. Oh but once in Oklahoma I did show some kids I could keep up with their Dodge truck. Oh back to the point I am one of those people that drives by the book usually. I think that is why my mileage is kinda high.

    Hey, do check out the new 2007 sedan.... it is supose to be better from what the guy at the Dallas Auto show told met....
    It did have better materials inside.. I was impressed, but that is how they should have built it in the first place.
  • nosehairnosehair Posts: 1
    I have an '05 hatch MT with 32K; been getting about 33. More efficient if you slow down some. I was getting better mileage before Katrina hit (at least that's the feeling I had @ the time).
  • chrisducatichrisducati Posts: 394
    may be the re formulated gasoline for the summer that has lowered your mileage.
  • randydriverrandydriver Posts: 262
    It does mine just like clockwork every late spring. My milegage drops about 10% or so
  • sparxxxsparxxx Posts: 14
    Saw an interesting story on nbc's today show. It was about the rising cost of gas, as well as how misleading the estimated gas mileage numbers are on new car window stickers. Not just off by a couple of miles, but in some cases, 50%. For example the jeep liberty suv had a window sticker claiming 24 mpg, but it only gets 12 mpg. Ouch.

    I bought a 2006 ford focus ST, and have been upset by the weak gas mileage I am getting. Thinking of trading for an aveo if the gas prices keep going up.

    What are the owners of aveos getting as far as gas mileage goes?
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    I bought a 2006 ford focus ST, and have been upset by the weak gas mileage I am getting. Thinking of trading for an aveo if the gas prices keep going up.

    What are the owners of aveos getting as far as gas mileage goes?

    How bad is the Focus? I wouldn't trade it in for a couple of miles per gallon. Aveos seem to get pretty much what the EPA figures say -- 26-35 MPG or so. Definitely depends on driving style and whether the miles are city or highway. People I've heard from who drive with a heavy foot around town don't make it out of the mid-20s, though.
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