The 1999 Chevrolet Metro is a subcompact, which has been sold under a range of names in different markets. It originated in 1983 as the Suzuki Cultus in Japan and the Suzuki Aerio Hatchback in the U.S. and Canada. Its production and design were a joint effort between GM and Suzuki. Chevrolet took over the name from 1998 through 2001, when it was discontinued. Models produced from 1995 to 2001 were available in either a three-door hatchback or a four-door sedan body style with a front-engine and front-wheel drive layout. Power ranged from a 1.0-liter three-cylinder up to a 1.3-liter four-cylinder, coupled with either a five-speed manual or a three-speed automatic transmission.
Though less appreciated at the time, the impressive fuel economy of the Metro made the vehicle retroactively more valuable, spiking in used prices in 2008 significantly due to fuel costs. Though features were almost comically lacking when compared to the modern hybrids, it tied for third on the list for fuel efficiency with one model of the Prius while ranking behind another Prius and the Insight. The 1999 Chevrolet Metro is equally impressive and identical in nearly every way to the 1998 models.
Body Styles: coupe, sedan
Engines: 1.0-liter three-cylinder, 1.3-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: three-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Chevrolet Metro coupe, Chevrolet Metro LSi coupe, Chevrolet Metro LSi sedan
There are no notable changes to the 1999 Chevrolet Metro.
The 1999 Chevrolet Metro has a small, bubble-type rounded body with a wedged-shape front end displaying the Chevrolet logo. It is a subcompact in either two or four doors.
The 1999 Chevrolet Metro is supposed to fit five, but the backseat is very crowded for even two adults. Most features are only optional like air-conditioning, rear window defroster, tachometer, power steering is optional on the LSi models, an optional four-speaker sound system with CD player, cassette player, and even radio. Most interior luxuries are not available on any model, such as power seats or leather trim or coverings.
Performance & Handling
The 1999 Chevrolet Metro provides two available engines that include an extremely small 79-hp, 1.3-liter four-cylinder, and an even smaller 55-hp, 1.0-liter three-cylinder. These can be paired with a five-speed manual or a three-speed automatic. Regardless, acceleration and speed are lacking and merging requires a heavy foot and high-speed passing is just about out of the question. At higher speeds the Metro can shake a little. The ride can also become rough on roads in ill-repair. On smooth roads and at regular speeds the ride is not uncomfortable. Gas mileage is the shining star as mentioned, and make up for its lack of performance.
The 1999 Chevrolet Metro's only standard safety feature is the required dual front-impact airbags. ABS brakes are optional.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Metro: 30/34 mpg city/highway
- Fuel efficiency
- Convenient city driving
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Extremely fuel efficient but lacks features and power.
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