The 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier is currently in its third generation with the last redesign occurring in 1995. This compact car has been for sale since the early 1980s and has been a perennial favorite over the years due to the value provided for its price. With the launch, the compact car had its model line increased to four trim levels over two body styles.
The 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier is available as a two-door coupe or a four-door sedan, and both body styles are now available in four different models with the addition of the top of the line LS Sport trim line to the model lineup for both the sedan and the coupe. Also, the top of the line Z24 sedan was launched to join the model already available in the coupe body style.
Body Styles: two-door coupe, four-door sedan
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Cavalier, Chevrolet Cavalier LS, Chevrolet Cavalier LS Sport, Chevrolet Cavalier Z24
The 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Sport trim line is added to both the coupe and sedan body styles. This model is equipped with a new all-aluminum, 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine. As well as providing more power than the four-cylinder engine found in the base and LS models, this new engine is said to provide better gas mileage, less noise, and less vibration. A sports-tuned suspension, aluminum wheels, body-colored mirrors and handles, rear spoiler, and a leather-wrapped gear shift round out the trim for this new model. A Z24 sedan also joins the model lineup as a sedan and coupe and includes a new upgraded audio system. The base and LS models have further features added as standard, including variable windshield wipers, a tilt steering wheel, floor mats, body side moldings, a tachometer, a cargo net, mud guards, a visor vanity mirror, an electric remote trunk release, and a CD audio system. A Sport package is also newly available for the base and LS models.
The 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier is very similar to the Pontiac Sunfire, and both the sedan and coupe remain the same from the previous year’s models. The Z24 trim models are equipped with 16-inch aluminum wheels, fog lamps, and a rear spoiler. The new LS Sport coupe and sedan have chrome-aluminum wheels, a higher profile rear spoiler, and ground effects body components.
The 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier seats up to five passengers in a well laid out interior. The instruments are laid out in an easy-to-read manner, and all controls can be accessed by both the driver and passenger. There is plenty of storage space, and a center console provides five separate cup holders. The rear row of seating is a bench seat and can be folded down to provide additional cargo space in the rear as needed. Air-conditioning is standard for all models, as are audio systems.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier comes with three engines. The base and LS models are equipped with a 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine that provides 115 horsepower and 135 lb-ft of torque. The new 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine found in the LS Sport models produces 140 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque, while the 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine of the Z24 provides 150 horsepower and 155 lb-ft of torque. All models come with a five-speed manual transmission as standard, but a four-speed automatic is available.
Acceleration in the base and LS models leaves something to be desired. The 2.4-liter engine and the new engine in the LS Sport are better, and this one does drive quieter. Steering and handling are adequate with most maneuvers completed easily although it does not feel sporty.
The 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier is fitted with anti-lock brakes and dual front airbags for the driver and passenger as standard safety equipment. Traction control is included as standard for those models that have the automatic transmission, but is not available with the manual transmission. Side impact airbags are not available for any models.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Cavalier: 21/30 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Cavalier LS Sport: 22/30 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Cavalier Z24: 19/29 mpg city/highway
- Gas mileage
- Affordable price tag
You Won't Like
- Interior materials
- Comfort of rear seats
A good value compact car that is in need of a redesign.
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