The Chevrolet Metro could not escape the weak reputation of its predecessor. However, on a plus side, the model offers excellent gas mileage—boasting over 40 mpg on the highway—at an affordable price. Still, drawbacks include a cramped interior, inferior mechanics, a lack of basic features, and underwhelming power. This model also has trouble with noise. The haphazardly assembled design creates a lot of noise during the ride, especially at high speeds. Other than the impressive fuel economy, this model offers few things to cheer about.
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Chevrolet Metro Origins
The Chevrolet Metro actually used a couple different names over the years. It modifies the Suzuki Cultus that sells in North America with two different nameplates. Geo Metro manufactured it until 1997, when the nameplate changed to the Chevrolet Metro. Geo Metros represent a joint effort between General Motors and Suzuki. When the Geo Metro first launched, countries imported the models from Japan, but since 1990, the CAMI Automotive facility in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada has produced all North American versions of the Geo/Chevrolet Metro.Chevrolet Metro Features
The Geo Metro underwent a nameplate change in 1997 to the Chevrolet Metro. This model comes as a three-door hatchback or a four-door sedan. Both body styles offer base and LSi trim models. The base hatchback model contains a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission. The four-door sedan comes standard with a 1.3-liter, four-cylinder engine but has an option with the LSi hatchback version of the Geo Metro. The four-cylinder engine generates 70 horsepower. The manual transmission comes standard on the sedan as well, but a three-speed automatic transmission remains optional on either body style with the four-cylinder engine.
While still based on the Suzuki Cultus, both body styles of the Metro sit on a longer wheelbase than the second generation of the Cultus. This generation of the Metro comes equipped with dual frontal airbags and daytime running lights as standard safety equipment. This makes it the first of any of General Motors’ vehicles to offer either of these features as standard equipment. Anti-lock brakes remain optional for all styles and trim levels.Chevrolet Metro Evolution
In 1998, Chevrolet inherited the Metro from defunct Geo. From 1998 to 2001, this model used the name Chevrolet Metro. In the first year, the Metro upgraded to a more powerful four-cylinder engine and featured new, redesigned headlamps. After this first change, the metro saw only minor changes until 2001 when Chevrolet basically just sold for fleet use, and production eventually ceased. Chevrolet sold the Metro as a hatchback and a sedan until its last year. In 2001, it only came in a sedan body style. Some used models can still be found on the market. They provide a good option for buyers who want a vehicle with good fuel economy, especially if they don’t see space and added features as a primary concern.