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Chevrolet Cavalier

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Overview of the Chevrolet Cavalier

Learn about the Chevrolet Cavalier

Summary

The Chevrolet Cavalier is a small, stylish car that is best suited for those on a budget. Available as a coupe (two-door), sedan (four-door), convertible and station wagon, you should have no trouble finding a body type that fits your needs. Production of the Chevrolet Cavalier in western markets ended in 2005, so it can be somewhat difficult to get hold of and tricky to maintain. That said, if the vehicle has been well-maintained by its previous owner, the low price point could make it a smart buy.

Safety

The Chevrolet Cavalier's safety features for all generations include daytime running lamps to maximize your vehicles visibility and front airbags to protect you in the event of a crash. Several features are standard or available as add-ons from the 2003 model:

  • Standard driver and front passenger front airbags
  • Optional side-impact airbags for both driver and passenger 
  • Optional four-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) to prevent skidding on slippery surfaces
  • OnStar, a 24/7 service which assists in the event of an emergency, standard across all years and trims

Keep in mind that the Chevrolet Cavalier has a history of numerous recalls. Because of this, you should do your research on the year and model you wish to buy to ensure that there are no red flags as far as safety is concerned.

Interior

In its heyday, the Chevrolet Cavalier had a very modern interior and exterior design. As the last vehicle rolled off the assembly line in 2005, however, the look these days may come off as a little dated. All Chevrolet Cavaliers come standard with cloth-finished and front bucket seats. Upgraded vehicles may include:

  • Carpeted front and rear floor mats to protect the floor from dirt and grime
  • Power sliding sunroof, allowing you to open the car up during good weather

Technology

Though not equipped with an abundance of modern technology, the Chevrolet Cavalier does have its share of useful features. Air conditioning comes as standard in all models of the Cavalier. Later models of the Cavalier come standard with Chevrolet’s PASSlock theft-deterrent system, a technology that prevents the vehicle from starting unless the proper key is used. Higher trim levels include an AM/FM radio and CD player, so you can blast your favourite tunes while on the go. Other available features you'll be sure to find from 2001 models and onwards include:

  • Electronic cruise control to maintain your speed during highway driving
  • Power door locks and power windows, giving you fingertip control over your vehicle
  • Remote Keyless Entry so that you can access your vehicle with ease, though this was standard on the Z24 as of 1999

Space

The Chevrolet Cavalier comes with either two or four doors. There is enough space to seat five, but some drivers have found it to be a bit of a squeeze. It is possible some of that space went to the trunk, which is surprisingly roomy for a vehicle of its size. The split-folding rear seats is a handy feature if you would like to add even more cargo space.  

Comfort

The Chevrolet Cavalier's Ecotec engine offers good fuel economy and low emissions considering the car’s age. Both five-speed manual and four-speed automatic transmission versions are available. Upgraded versions of the car come with sport suspension for an extra smooth ride.

Pros and cons of the Chevrolet Cavalier

  • Modern interior and exterior design in early models
  • Affordable transportation
  • Available in coupe or sedan
  • Ceased production in 2005
  • History of numerous recalls
  • Limited interior space
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Specifications of the Chevrolet Cavalier

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats5
  • Doors4
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionAutomatic or Manual
  • City consumption9.4 - 11.6 L/100km
  • Highway consumption6 - 7.7 L/100km
  • Width1712 - 1744 mm
  • Length4580 - 4640 mm
  • Trunk space374 - 386 L
  • Cargo space374 - 386 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the Chevrolet Cavalier

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This variant of the Chevrolet Cavalier 1995 - 2005 is available in 5 trims:

Basic trim features and specs

Available with the Basic trim:
  • Electric windows (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Steel wheels
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control (optional)
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
Available with the Basic trim:
  • CD player (optional)
  • Cruise control (optional)
  • Power door locks (optional)
  • Radio (optional)
2 engines are available with the Basic trim:
2.2 L - Gas - 115 hp
City consumption:10 - 10.8 L/100km
Highway consumption:6 - 6.5 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:-
2.2 L - Gas - 120 hp
City consumption:10.1 L/100km
Highway consumption:6 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:-

VL trim features and specs

Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the VL trim:
  • Steel wheels
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
Available with the VL trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control (optional)
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
Available with the VL trim:
  • CD player (optional)
  • Cruise control (optional)
  • Radio
2 engines are available with the VL trim:
2.2 L - Gas - 115 hp
City consumption:10.8 - 10.9 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.5 - 6.9 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:-
2.2 L - Gas - 140 hp
City consumption:9.4 - 10 L/100km
Highway consumption:6 - 6.7 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:-

Z24 trim features and specs

Available with the Z24 trim:
  • Electric windows
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the Z24 trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
Available with the Z24 trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Side airbag (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control (optional)
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
Available with the Z24 trim:
  • CD player
  • Cruise control
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
1 engine is available with the Z24 trim:
2.2 L - Gas - 140 hp
City consumption:9.4 - 10 L/100km
Highway consumption:6 - 6.7 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:-

VLX trim features and specs

Available with the VLX trim:
  • Electric windows (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the VLX trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Steel wheels
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
Available with the VLX trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) (optional)
  • Side airbag (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control (optional)
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
Available with the VLX trim:
  • CD player
  • Cruise control (optional)
  • MP3-CD player (optional)
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
2 engines are available with the VLX trim:
2.2 L - Gas - 115 hp
City consumption:10.8 - 10.9 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.5 - 6.9 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:-
2.2 L - Gas - 140 hp
City consumption:9.4 - 10 L/100km
Highway consumption:6 - 6.7 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:-

LS trim features and specs

Available with the LS trim:
  • Electric windows (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the LS trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Catalytic converter
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Fog lights (optional)
  • Steel wheels (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
Available with the LS trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control (optional)
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
Available with the LS trim:
  • CD player (optional)
  • Cruise control (optional)
  • Power door locks (optional)
  • Radio (optional)
4 engines are available with the LS trim:
2.2 L - Gas - 115 hp
City consumption:10 - 10.2 L/100km
Highway consumption:6 - 7 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:-
2.2 L - Gas - 120 hp
City consumption:9.9 L/100km
Highway consumption:6 - 6.8 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:828 km
2.2 L - Gas - 140 hp
City consumption:11.3 - 11.6 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.1 - 7.7 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic or Manual
Range:-
2.4 L - Gas - 150 hp
City consumption:10.7 - 11 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.7 - 7.4 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:-

Frequently asked questions about the Chevrolet Cavalier

Since the car is no longer manufactured, the Chevrolet Cavalier cannot be purchased new. For a pre-owned Cavalier, you can expect to pay around $2,000 for a 2001 model or $6,000 for a 2006 model.

Chevrolet Cavalier was replaced by the Chevrolet Cobalt in 2006. This Chevrolet Cobalt is a sleek and modern compact car, which is still being manufactured.

All models of the Cavalier come standard with front-wheel drive, giving great fuel economy and control on the road.

2005 was the year Chevrolet stopped production of the Chevrolet Cavalier. Quality pre-owned vehicles can still be purchased at a budget-friendly price.

The Cavalier has five seats: two in the front and three in the back. Many passengers have said that the car is surprisingly roomy for a small car.