Offering a stylish design, the 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier has been a top-seller for Chevrolet, featuring a competitive price among other cars of its class. Its engine certainly does not classify the Cavalier as a sports car, though it serves as an affordable economy car that offers an attractive, sporty design.
The Cavalier features several body styles to please the consumer, including the sedan, coupe, and convertible. The LS version of the sedan and convertible offers better standard options, including larger wheels, while the coupe offers the base, RS, and Z24. The Cavalier RS and Z24 focus more on the sporty aspects of the automobile, offering a rear spoiler and a larger wheel base.
Body Styles: sedan, coupe, convertible
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, three-speed automatic, four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Cavalier, Chevrolet Cavalier LS, Chevrolet Cavalier RS, Chevrolet Cavalier Z24
This year’s base coupe offers safety belt guide loops and new wheel covers. Also new to the Cavalier is the Rally Sport (RS) trim, featuring a rear spoiler also found on the Z24, an AM/FM audio system, 15-inch tires, and a tachometer, as well as several interior and exterior upgrades. Three new exterior colors and one new interior color becomes available for all models, and for the first time, the 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier meets federal side-impact standards.
The Chevrolet Cavalier offers a sporty design, featuring choices from the four-door sedan to the two-door coupe and RS, LS convertible, and Z24 versions. The Cavalier RS, Z24, and LS convertible include a rear spoiler.
For the 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier sedan, it comes in the base with 14-inch wheels, and the LS offers 15-inch wheels. The base coupe also comes equipped with 14-inch wheels, the RS coupe with 15-inch wheels, and the Cavalier Z24 comes with 16-inch alloy wheels. The Cavalier LS convertible features 15-inch wheels and a rear spoiler.
All models of the 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier feature tinted windows. Power locks and air-conditioning come standard on all but the base sedan and coupe, though they remain available as options. All Cavaliers offer bucket seats upholstered in cloth.
Though standard options for all models of the Chevrolet Cavalier remain limited, luxurious optional upgrades include cruise control, a keyless entry system, AM/FM cassette and CD audio systems, power windows and mirrors, vinyl seating, and a tilt steering wheel provide.
Performance & Handling
Featuring a standard 2.2-liter, four cylinder engine known to be a bit “buzzy,"" the LS sedan and convertible can be outfitted with a better 2.4-liter, twin-cam engine. The Z24 coupe comes with the twin-cam engine as a standard. For better handling, all versions of the 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier include traction control. Not possessing the greatest power, the upside of the Cavalier’s small engine is its fuel economy, offering 23/35 mpg city/highway. The independent front and tubular twist beam rear suspension offers easy cornering at moderate speeds, though it falls short at higher speeds.
Safety features for the 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier include driver and passenger front airbags, daytime running lights, and four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS).
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Cavalier: 23/35 mpg city/highway
- Reasonable price
- Excellent fuel economy
- Sporty design
You Won't Like
- Noisy engine a characteristic buzzing sound
- Inexpensive interior trim
- Few standard options
Fun and sporty at a fantastic value.
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