The 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier classifies as a compact car manufactured from 1982 by General Motors. The Cavalier replaces the Chevrolet Monza, which sold as a two-door coupe and three-door hatchback and wagon. The first generation of the car went on sale as the 1982 model from early 1981, and this generation lasted until 1987.
The third generation of the Cavalier debuted in 1995, when the car got a complete redesign. This marks the first complete redesign ever done on the model. It makes the Cavalier bigger and gives it more modern styling inside and outside.
Body Styles: two-door convertible, two-door coupe, sedan
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, three-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Chevrolet Cavalier, Chevrolet Cavalier LS, Chevrolet Cavalier RS, Chevrolet Cavalier Z24
The 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier offers a new model: the Z24 convertible. All models of the Cavalier include cruise control as a standard feature, except for the base model. The base does not get remote keyless entry or power windows either, and the AM/FM radio marks a standard feature.
The LS convertible available for previous model years becomes unavailable for the 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier. Moreover, the base engine has undergone some revisions in order to make it run smoother, but it loses five horsepower in the process.
The exterior of the Chevrolet Cavalier has a very modern and contemporary styling due to the redesign that took place in 1995. After three years of production, the car still looks youthful, and its three available body styles ensure that at least one model suits every customer. All 1998 Chevrolet Cavaliers have a wheelbase of 104.1 inches and a length of 180.7 inches.
The first thing that strikes about the interior of the 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier is its well-designed dashboard. All the instrument gauges seem well-placed, clear, and easy to read. The controls prove easy to reach, understand, and operate. The driver also enjoys good visibility all around.
The seats up front in the 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier offer enough legroom and headroom for six-footers to sit comfortably. The seats at the rear remain expectedly smaller, but a decent amount of room still remains available. Headroom marks the biggest problem at the rear, and the two-door models prove difficult to enter and exit.
The 1998 Cavalier offers an ample amount of trunk space, but the trunk lid does not open wide enough to load and unload bulky objects. If needed, the rear seatback can be folded for additional cargo space as well.
Performance & Handling
Depending on the model chosen, the 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier either contains a 2.2-liter, straight-four engine that delivers 115 horsepower and 130 lb-ft of torque or a 2.4-liter, straight-four engine that delivers 150 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. Both engines come with the same five-speed manual transmission. However, the 2.2-liter engine offers a three-speed automatic transmission, and the 2.4-liter engine offers a four-speed automatic.
The Cavalier has a better suspension than its previous generation thanks to the stiffer structure and longer wheelbase. The base and LS seem agile, but lag a bit when steered quickly. The Z24 offers tighter control. The base engine offers adequate acceleration with either the automatic or manual transmission, but the 2.4-liter engine with the automatic transmission delivers a better performance.
The 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier receives four out of five stars for both driver and passenger safety in frontal-impact tests conducted by the NHTSA.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Cavalier 2.4-liter four-cylinder, automatic: 22/32 mpg city/highway
- Good interior quality
- Very fuel efficient
- Power acceleration from 2.4-liter twin cam engine
- Good visibility
You Won't Like
- Lack of rear-seat room
- Difficult entry/exit for two-door models
Gets the job done, but lacks refinement.
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