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2001 Chevrolet Metro Review
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The 2001 Chevrolet Metro is a small, compact car. It is a rebadged version of the Suzuki Cultus. The last major redesign for this car was in 1995, when it received a new body style, an option four-cylinder engine, and standard dual airbags. During the redesign, the three-door hatchback style was also reintroduced into the market.
Engines: 1.0-liter I-3, 1.3-liter I-4
Transmissions: three-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Chevrolet Metro, Chevrolet Metro SSi
The 2001 Chevrolet Metro remains the same as last year’s model. The car will be sold only through retail outlets for this particular model year. Moreover, this year is the last year of the Metro in the U.S. market.
The 2001 Chevrolet Metro is designed with the Suzuki Swift in mind, which is why both cars share many design characteristics. Overall, the car has an unremarkable exterior. Its wheelbase is around 89.2 inches for the three-door hatchback and 93.1 inches for the five-door sedan. The length is 147 inches for the three-door hatchback, 151.4 inches for the five-door hatchback, and 161.2 inches for the sedan.
Not surprisingly, inside the 2001 Chevrolet Metro looks and feels economical. Space is aplenty up front, but the rear is a little cramped. The front seats need to be placed all the way forward to seat four adults inside. Regardless of the body style, entering and exiting the rear is quite difficult. The rear seats are firm and flat. The controls are well-marked and well-placed within sight and reach of the driver. The dashboard layout is quite good, but the steering wheel is a bit too high for the average person to feel comfortable. Unfortunately, there is no height adjustment feature for the steering wheel either. The slim roof pillars and tall windows offer good visibility throughout. Considering the size of the car, the trunk space available is surprisingly large. Overall, the interior has a roomy feel, but it can get noisy when the vehicle is being driven.
Performance & Handling
The 2001 Chevrolet Metro is available with a three-cylinder or four-cylinder engine. The one-liter, three-cylinder engine is available for two-door models and is rated at 55 horsepower and 58 lb-ft of torque. The 1.3-liter, four-cylinder engine delivers 79 horsepower and 75 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated with a five-speed manual transmission, but the four-cylinder engine gets an optional three-speed automatic transmission.
The 2001 Chevrolet Metro is relatively light weight, and it's evident when driven. Small bumps are clearly felt in the car, thus creating a kickback through the steering wheel. Nevertheless, the 2001 model is far more refined on the road than its previous versions. The 2001 Metro has 13-inch tires instead of 12-inch tires, and this one-inch makes a big positive difference in the way the car steers. Nevertheless, the car lacks adequate grip during hard turns, and body lean is still significant.
In terms of the 2001 Chevrolet Metro's acceleration, the best combination is that of the four-cylinder engine with the manual gearbox, which provides enough power for moving through the city and the highway. In fact, the engine proves to be surprisingly lively with the manual gearbox. However, the liveliness of the engine comes at the price of considerable engine noise. The three-cylinder engine with automatic transmission proves to be very slow, and safe passing requires lots more space.
The 2001 Chevrolet Metro was tested for safety during frontal impacts by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It received four out of five stars for driver and passenger safety.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Good fuel economy
- Optional anti-lock brakes
You Won't Like
- Lack of space inside
- Poor ride quality
- Noisy cabin
If You Like This Vehicle
- Ford Aspire
- Hyundai Accent
- Suzuki Swift
- Honda Civic