Chevrolet Cavalier

If there’s one thing for which the automotive industry is known for, it’s innovation and fearlessness in giving the public the vehicles it wants and needs. Since 1911, Chevrolet has been doing just that. The company, in its original form, was the result of a partnership between Louis Chevrolet and William C. Durant. Chevrolet was already well known for his automotive engineering expertise, as well as his racecar-driving abilities. Durant had the ideas and financial backers necessary to begin such an enormous undertaking.

The two started the Chevrolet company in 1911. However, it wasn’t long before conflicting opinions separated the partners and Durant moved to another automotive firm. In 1918, Chevrolet made the decision to merge his company with General Motors. GM continues to be the parent company of Chevrolet.

More on the Chevrolet Cavalier

Today, there are many different truck, SUV, and car models that made and sold with the Chevrolet name and bowtie logo including, from 1982 through 2005, the popular Cavalier. The Chevrolet Cavalier is one of the best-selling cars in the U.S.

About the Chevrolet Cavalier

Of the many features for which the Chevrolet Cavalier is known, one of the most telling is the popularity it enjoyed throughout its years of production. While smaller than other Chevy models, such as the Caprice, and not as powerful as the Camaro, the Cavalier is recognized for its dependable design and stylish body styles.

The Chevrolet Cavalier is a compact car that features Chevrolet’s J-body platform and FF-layout design. Over the years, this model was offered in a two-door coupe, four-door sedan, hatchback couple, wagon, and convertible body styles.

It is also important to note that many mechanics complain about the engine and transmission layout of the Cavalier series. These cars can be difficult to repair because of their engine layout. There are many points on the Cavalier engine that require it to be raised or lowered to allow a mechanic access. In some cases, specialty tools are necessary for repairs.

Even with these problems the Cavalier was still one of the most sought-after models in terms of reliability and comfort, in part due to the car’s various useful and effective features. Most Cavalier owners are very happy with their choice of vehicle, whether they own a sedan, coupe, or wagon style.

The 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier

The 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier boasts few updates from previous models but retains one of the main points that made it popular: its low price. Additionally, the 2005 model features fuel economy benefits, providing up to 33 mpg highway.

Standard Cavalier styles feature a 120-horsepower, four-cylinder engine with a 2.2-liter capacity. The basic model includes few amenities, offering factory air conditioning and AM/FM stereo. However, starting with the 2004 model, the Cavalier provided improvements in its stereo system, with CD and MP3 playback options.

As its budget-friendly price may suggest, the Cavalier is typically considered to provide an acceptable but not exceptional driving experience. In terms of safety, the car leaves something to be desired as well; it does not enjoy high safety ratings or crash test scores. Another quibble that many critics have with the Cavalier is its lower-quality and outdated interior finishes.

Chevrolet Cavalier Evolution

Prior to the final year’s model, the Cavalier enjoyed three generations of designs, each of which added something new to the car’s offerings. The first generation of Cavaliers was noted for its four-cylinder pushrod engine, front-wheel–drive design, and variety of available body styles. The Cavalier at this time was offered in two-door and four-door options, as well as station-wagon and hatchback styles.

The second generation of Chevrolet Cavalier featured many changes to the car’s original design. The Cavalier coupe’s exterior was completely redesigned and offered a new trunk layout. The sedan and station wagon were left with the original design for the back end, while the front of the cars was overhauled for a more modern appearance.

With the exception of the final Chevrolet Cavalier models, thethird generation of Cavalier featured the most up-to-date changes yet for the compact car. This third generation saw the end of the Cavalier wagon, but also saw updated designs for the rest of the Cavalier family. All included a four-cylinder engine and sleeker exterior design.

Select a Chevrolet Cavalier Year

2005 Chevrolet Cavalier

Compact, Coupe, Sedan, Sports

The 2005 Cavalier is Chevrolet’s smallest car produced from 1983 to 2005.

2004 Chevrolet Cavalier

Compact, Coupe, Sedan

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.

2003 Chevrolet Cavalier

Compact, Coupe, Sedan

The 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier comes with a sedan body design that looks dated.

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier

Compact, Coupe, Sedan

The 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier is currently in its third generation with the last redesign occurring in 1995.

2001 Chevrolet Cavalier

Compact, Coupe, Sedan

The 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier is a compact car that has been in production since 1982 by General Motors (GM).

2000 Chevrolet Cavalier

Compact, Convertible, Coupe, Sedan

The 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier is a compact car manufactured by General Motors (GM).

1999 Chevrolet Cavalier

Compact, Convertible, Coupe, Sedan

The Chevrolet Cavalier is a compact car available in a range of body styles.

1998 Chevrolet Cavalier

Compact, Convertible, Coupe, Sedan

The 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier classifies as a compact car manufactured from 1982 by General Motors.

1997 Chevrolet Cavalier

Compact, Convertible, Coupe, Sedan

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.

1996 Chevrolet Cavalier

Compact, Convertible, Coupe, Sedan

The 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier is a nice looking economy car that is available as a sedan, coupe, or convertible in three different models.

1995 Chevrolet Cavalier

Compact, Convertible, Coupe, Sedan

The 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier introduced the all-new third generation of the model, and it has been completely redesigned with a more modern design and larger body.