1999 Chevrolet Prizm

  • 1999 Chevrolet Prizm Base Sedan

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1999 Chevrolet Prizm Review

Attractively styled, highly reliable and fun to drive.

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The 1999 Chevrolet Prizm is an attractive and reliable compact car that is perhaps one of the best models in its particular segment. Much of the Prizm’s reliability and resale value stems from the fact that it’s essentially a repackaged Toyota Corolla. Its attractive styling makes it a reasonable option in terms of an economical compact. With more substance than the Cavalier and a smaller footprint than the Malibu, the Prizm is the ideal model for drivers looking for quality and compactness.

Standard features on the model include a 120-horspower engine, front and rear stabilizer bars, a stainless steel exhaust system, and interior fabrics that utilize Scotchgard stain protection. The Prizm is available in two trim levels: the base model and the well-equipped Prizm LSi. The base model is sparsely-equipped but still boasts an ergonomic interior with controls, switches, and gauges laid out in a logical, easy-to-operate manner. Despite being on the firm side, seating is fairly comfortable and the car’s five-speed manual transmission is actually quite a lot of fun.

Both versions of the 1999 Chevrolet Prizm are powered by the same 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine, which is rated at 120 horsepower. While this engine provides adequate power for automatic transmission versions, opting for the five-speed manual transmission turns the Prizm into a much zippier prospect.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 1.8-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual with overdrive, three-speed automatic, four-speed automatic with overdrive
Models: Chevrolet Prizm, Chevrolet Prizm LSi

What's New

The Chevrolet Prizm underwent major revisions in 1998. Consequently, there were very few changes introduced for 1999, except for the introduction of four new paint colors.


The 1999 Prizm’s stylish exterior is among the best things the model has going for it. Notable exterior features include body-colored bumpers, a grille with black moldings, a clearcoat monotone paintjob, and dual remote mirrors that are manual on the base model and power on the LSi.


Inside the 1999 Chevrolet Prizm, it seats five and comes with bucket seats in the front. The driver seat features four-way power controls as does the front passenger seat. The seats and doors both feature cloth trim although opting for the LSi model gives consumers premium cloth seating. Additional interior features for the Prizm include front and rear cup holders, dual door bins for storage, and a standard stereo that consists of an AM/FM radio with seek-scan. There is also the available option of a dash-mounted CD player. Cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls is also available.

Performance & Handling

When driven, the 1999 Prizm presents drivers with a feel that is more substantial than expected from a compact sedan. The Prizm’s manual transmission is responsive, making the manual version of the model more fun to drive than the automatic.


Standard safety features for the 1999 Chevrolet Prizm include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, daytime running lights, as well as driver and passenger front-impact airbags. Available options for additional safety features include driver side-impact airbags and passenger side-impact airbags.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Prizm: 24/30 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Highly reliable
  • Manual-transmission version is fun to drive
  • Side airbags available as an option

You Won't Like

  • Not a lot of personality
  • Steep price

Sum Up

Attractively styled, highly reliable and fun to drive.

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