2000 Cavalier New Car Test Drive
Chevrolet Cavalier is GM's volume leader for passenger cars. A rounded body style distinguishes it from the Ford Escort, Dodge Neon and Honda Civic and that's been enhanced for 2000 with revised styling.
Though not a leader in sophistication, Cavalier rides nicely on most road surfaces and it comes standard with anti-lock brakes, which have been upgraded this year for improved performance. A new Getrag manual transmission and shifter is designed to improve shift feel and make it easier to get into reverse, while a new fuel pump and meter system helps reduce engine noise from the previously bothersome level.
This is a practical car with cargo capacity. It's also a sensible car, offering value in terms of its price and the numerous goodies, such as air conditioning, that come standard.
Five models are available: Coupe ($13,065); Sedan ($13,165); LS Sedan ($14,710); Z24 Coupe ($16,270); Z24 Convertible ($19,735). (Prices include $510 destination charge.)
Cavalier comes standard with a 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 115 horsepower. A more powerful 2.4-liter twin-cam engine comes on the Z24 models and is an option on the LS Sedan. This four-cylinder engine generates 150 horsepower.
LS Sedan adds such niceties over the base models as cruise control, an ETR AM/FM stereo and digital clock, tachometer and trip computer, variable wipers, remote mechanical trunk release, a tilt steering column, and 15-inch tires.
Z24 models come standard with a sports suspension, 16-inch tires, remote keyless entry, power windows, fog lamps and other niceties. The Z-24 Convertible comes with a choice of black or neutral-colored tops; there's also a special Arctic White model with a white top and a white vinyl interior with deluxe bucket seats.