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2005 Chevrolet Cavalier

  • 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier Base Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      36
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      140/150
    • ENGINE
      2.2L I4
    • MSRP
      $14,410
  • 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier Base Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      36
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      140/150
    • ENGINE
      2.2L I4
    • MSRP
      $14,610
  • 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      36
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      140/150
    • ENGINE
      2.2L I4
    • MSRP
      $16,090
  • 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      36
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      140/150
    • ENGINE
      2.2L I4
    • MSRP
      $16,290
  • 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Sport Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      36
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      140/150
    • ENGINE
      2.2L I4
    • MSRP
      $17,510
  • 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Sport Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      36
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      140/150
    • ENGINE
      2.2L I4
    • MSRP
      $17,710
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2005 Chevrolet Cavalier Review

Practical little car for city driving.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2005 Cavalier is Chevrolet’s smallest car produced from 1983 to 2005. The best-selling Cavalier has seven models to choose from, which can become somewhat confusing for some consumers. However, with the exception of the Chevrolet Cavalier w/1SV model, the models are very similar to each other. The Chevrolet Cavalier w/1SV model is a bare bones model with only the necessary, standard features and it has very limited optional features.

The Cavalier rides and handles competently; however, on uneven road conditions, drivers can undeniably feel those bumps due to the small size of the car. This is a vehicle that is great for the student driving back and forth to school, the mom who has to drive around town frequently, and the new teen driver who just likes to drive. It would not be practical for someone who takes frequent, long trips.

The Range

Body Styles: Coupe, Sedan
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Cavalier Coupe, Cavalier LS Sedan, Cavalier LS Coupe, Cavalier LS Sport Coupe, Cavalier LS Sport Sedan, Cavalier Sedan, Cavalier w/1SV

What's New

The only change that Chevrolet makes to the 2005 Cavalier is that it drops the model’s compressed natural gas version from the line.

Exterior

The Chevrolet bowtie is displayed on the 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier’s front. It comes with a choice of two-door or four-door and both have a 104.1-inch wheelbase and an overall length of 182.7 inches. Standard features on most of the models include chrome-plated aluminum wheels, rocker molding, a rear spoiler, fog lights, and the FR2 sport suspension. Optional features include a high-profile rear spoiler and body color door handles.

Interior

All 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier models seat five passengers, however, seating three in the rear is extremely snug. The trunk space can be extended by folding the rear seatback down, which will expand the space to 13.2 cubic feet in the coupe and 13.6 cubic feet in the sedan. In addition, a center console contains slots for coins, cassettes, and CDs. There are also cup holders for the front and rear passengers. A CD player is standard on all models except the sedan, which has an option for that feature. Also optional is a CD/MP3 audio system. OnStar is a standard feature on the LS and LS Sport, as are remote door locks and roadside assistance. Also available is an XM Satellite Radio system on the upper models.

Performance & Handling

Driving the 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier is not the best experience; however, it is a very practical, easy-to-drive vehicle. The handling and ride are quite satisfactory, and it does maneuver very well. Even with the Cavalier’s compact body, it offers a certain degree of comfort. However, the small size can make for a rough ride on bumpy roads. The Cavalier’s power and acceleration are quite adequate for such a compact car.

Safety

2005 Chevrolet Cavalier standard safety features on all models include front airbags, a trunk anti-trap device, and an anti-theft system. Optional features include power door locks, an anti-lock braking system, and keyless remote entry with the exception of the LS sedan, which has these options as standard features.

Unfortunately, the 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier received low safety scores from the National Highway Traffic safety Administration. It received four out of five stars on front driver and passenger protection and on rollover crash tests. It received only one out of five stars on side driver protection and two out of five stars for side rear seat passenger protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Cavalier a rating of ""poor"" for frontal offset collision testing.

EPA Fuel Economy

Cavalier: 23/33 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Fuel economy
  • Smooth ride and handling
  • Acceleration

    You Won't Like

    • Difficult entrance and exit
    • Rear headroom
    • Poor safety ratings
    • Seat comfort

    Sum Up

    Practical little car for city driving.

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