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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier

  • 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier Base Coupe

    Base Coupe

    • MAX MPG
      37
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      140/150
    • ENGINE
      2.2L I4
    • MSRP
      $14,235
  • 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier Base Sedan

    Base Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      37
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      140/150
    • ENGINE
      2.2L I4
    • MSRP
      $14,435
  • 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Coupe

    LS Coupe

    • MAX MPG
      37
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      140/150
    • ENGINE
      2.2L I4
    • MSRP
      $15,905
  • 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Sedan

    LS Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      37
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      140/150
    • ENGINE
      2.2L I4
    • MSRP
      $16,105
  • 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Sport Coupe

    LS Sport Coupe

    • MAX MPG
      37
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      140/150
    • ENGINE
      2.2L I4
    • MSRP
      $17,410
  • 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Sport Sedan

    LS Sport Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      37
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      140/150
    • ENGINE
      2.2L I4
    • MSRP
      $17,610
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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier Review

Not an exciting or luxurious car, but a reliable and responsive ride at an attractive price.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier shows a fresh restyle from the previous year and remains one of Chevy's strongest sellers in its passenger car lineup. However, despite its sales, this marks the last year of the model’s production.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan, coupe
Engines: 2.2-liter inline four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual
Models: Chevrolet Cavalier, Chevrolet Cavalier LS, Chevrolet Cavalier SVM

What's New

The 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier doesn't see many changes in this year's model, considering it got a makeover for 2003. Small changes include an upgraded stereo system with a CD and MP3 player on the base sedan and coupe. It also offers a new Sport Appearance package which includes 16-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, and sport suspension.

Exterior

The 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier remains pretty much unchanged this year. The front end does not sport Chevrolet's gold bowtie emblem, and naturally, the coupe offers a sportier look than the sedan. However, the Cavalier looks attractive enough in either body style, with its flowing lines and low-to-the-road appearance.

The Cavalier sits on a 104.1-inch wheelbase and measures 182.7 inches long overall. The LS Sport model comes dressed up with ground-effects body components, chromed-aluminum wheels, and body-colored door handles. Bright exterior colors include Rally Yellow and Sunburst Orange Metallic. Other available colors include Arrival Blue Metallic, Black, Dark Green Metallic, Sandrift Metallic, Summit White, Ultra Silver Metallic, and Victory Red.

Interior

The 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier seats five people. The interior features a center console with slots for storing coins, CDs, and cassettes. Cup holders provide convenience for front and rear passengers. The LS edition features a CD player standard and offers GM's OnStar communication system as an option. The OnStar system can provide automatic notification of airbag deployment to authorities, remote door unlocking, convenience services, and roadside assistance. XM Satellite Radio also remains an option.

The rear seatback folds down to increase cargo space beyond the trunk to a total of 13.2 cubic feet in the coupe and 13.6 cubic feet in the sedan. The overall roominess of the interior is typical of its class. The sedan offers a bit more headroom than the coupe but both offer identical legroom, which feels comfortable.

Performance & Handling

Not the most luxurious, the sportiest, or even the most up-to-date ride around, the 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier still offers a fine performance at a nice price. Paired with the five-speed manual transmission, the 2.2-liter engine offers responsive performance. This inline-four generates 140 horsepower at 5600 rpm, which means easy passing and merging in busy traffic situations. Operation remains smooth and quiet.

The Cavalier's steering feels light and responsive and turns quickly. The ride feels smooth enough even on back roads. The five-speed manual transmission shifts pleasantly and predictably. Brakes also feel firm and responsive.

Safety

The 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier offers an anti-lock brake system (ABS) standard on the LS models. Daytime running lights, child seat anchors, front and rear headrests, and a rear three-point seat belt are additional safety features.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Cavalier: 23/33 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Low price
  • Four-cylinder engine
  • Roominess for class

You Won't Like

  • Cheap interior materials
  • Low resale value
  • Some poor crash test results

Sum Up

Not an exciting or luxurious car, but a reliable and responsive ride at an attractive price.

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