The Chevrolet Metro is a compact car that boasts great fuel economy, cheap prices, and a wide retail market. Sacrificing luxury and power under the hood for affordability, the Metro is Chevrolet's response to cheap imports that focus on reliability rather than flash and actual performance. Chevrolet shares a plant with Suzuki, and the Metro is almost a twin with the Suzuki Swift. This tiny, barebones car is best for budget and reliability, but it is not especially suited for large amounts of travel. By the time options are added to make a fully-loaded vehicle, the price reaches the next tier of much better automobiles.
Body Styles: hatchback, sedan
Engines: 1.3-liter four-cylinder, 1.0-liter three-cylinder
Transmissions: three-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Chevrolet Metro, Chevrolet Metro LSi, Chevrolet Metro LSi sedan
For 2000, Chevrolet does not introduce any significant changes in the Metro's design or specifications. It offers two new color options, which is the only thing that differentiates the 2000 models from older models.
The Chevrolet Metro comes in six color choices: black, dark blue metallic, dark green metallic, silver metallic, sunset red metallic, and white. With a 93.1-inch wheelbase and 54-inch overall height, the Metro is easy to fit into small spaces. The sedan is 15 inches longer than the hatchback, but the wheelbase remains the same. The base hatchback features charcoal bumpers while the LSi hatchback and sedan boast body-colored bumpers instead. The wheels and tires are 13 inches.
Both the sedan and hatchback Metro models offer fold-down rear seats for extra storage. The sedan does not boast any extra space within, but it does have a larger trunk. There are no power windows, not even for the LSi. The base model does not offer power steering, power locks, or the trunk release that is available in the LSi. At best, the interior can be described as skimpy and lacking. Options include AM/FM/CD stereo, air-conditioning, rear window defroster, and rear window wipers.
Performance & Handling
The LSi model’s 1.3-liter engine and the base model's one-liter engine are both lacking in power. While this is enough power for highway and city driving, the Metro will become shaky and noisy at interstate speeds. Torque is 75 lb-ft and the turning radius is 31.5 feet. This car does not sport anything special under the hood, and even the 79 horsepower, 1.3-liter, four-cylinder engine has a hard time sprinting from a stop.
The 2000 Chevrolet Metro comes standard with driver and passenger side airbags, but other than this, there are not too many safety features worth listing. The best safety features of the Metro are the extremely reliable brakes, steering, and ability to fit into small spaces. Lacking safety features are just another example of what economy pricing leads to with the Chevrolet Metro.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Metro: 39/46 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Metro LSi: 39/46 mpg city/highway
- Low price
- Incredibly high fuel economy
You Won't Like
- Cheap design
- Motor buzzes
- Shakes at interstate speeds
- Small engine
Some call it economical—others call it cheap.
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