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1998 Chevrolet Tracker Review
A rough ride, but great off the road.
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The 1998 Chevrolet Tracker is a mini SUV manufactured by CAMI Automotive for Chevrolet. The Chevy Tracker was initially sold as the Geo Tracker in late 1988, but this model was discontinued in the 1998 model year. The 1998 Chevrolet Tracker marks the end of the compact SUV’s first generation.
Engines: 1.6-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: three-speed automatic, four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Chevrolet Tracker, Chevrolet Tracker with Soft Top
This model year, the Tracker will only be sold under the Chevrolet trademark. In addition to the discontinuation of the Geo version, the LSi model was also dropped this year. However, a new LSi equipment package is now available as an optional add-on to the base models.
The 1998 Chevrolet Tracker is now available in two new exterior colors and includes second-generation airbags with reduced deployment force.
The 1998 Chevrolet Tracker did not undergo the long-awaited exterior redesign expected for this model year, and therefore remains unchanged from previous years, featuring the same short and stubby exterior look.
Despite its first impression as a toy-like SUV, the Tracker actually features an impressive, solid build.
The convertible version of the 1998 Chevrolet Tracker has an ""easy-opening"" top that can be folded down in two ways: the front half can be folded back for a sunroof-like opening, or the entire canvas can be folded and stowed for a fully-open convertible. However, the process of folding and putting up the top is not quick or easy.
The interior of the 1998 Chevrolet Tracker is decent enough, considering its size. The front seats are spacious, although they lack some leg support and tend to be too firm for passenger comfort. Similarly, the driver’s seat cannot be adjusted to achieve more comfortable settings.
The rear bench of the two-door model is only suitable for small children, but the four-door model’s bench can surprisingly seat two adults comfortably. Cargo space at the rear of the 1998 Chevrolet Tracker is tiny, but the rear seatback can be folded down to make the most out of the limited available space.
The controls up front are well-arranged and operate smoothly, and the instrument gauges are also simple and easy to read. Four-door versions of the Tracker offer significantly more headroom all around, and more legroom in the rear. The cargo space for the four-door 1998 Chevrolet Tracker is also usable.
Performance & Handling
The 1998 Chevrolet Tracker is fitted with a 1.6-liter, overhead-cam, four-cylinder engine that delivers 95 horsepower (hp) and 98 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to the standard, five-speed manual gearbox or the optional, three-speed automatic transmission. An optional, four-speed automatic transmission is also available for four-door version.
The engine offers adequate power for the two-door versions of the Tracker. With an automatic shift, the vehicle has to be floored in order to catch up with highway traffic. The four-door versions are completely underpowered with this engine, irrespective of the transmission.
The tall and narrow exterior of the 1998 Chevrolet Tracker sets the center of gravity at a high point, making body lean a common problem. Turns have to be made with extreme care.
The 1998 Chevrolet Tracker has a choppy ride and a noisy cabin to boot. Even the two-wheel-drive versions, which have a soft suspension for a better ride, tend to be choppy and unstable.
The Tracker received a disappointing two out of five stars for driver safety and three stars for passenger safety in frontal-impact crash tests conducted by the NHTSA.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Four-wheel-drive option
- Good fuel economy
- Solid build
You Won't Like
- Unstable ride
- Noisy cabin
- Lack of room in the two-door model
A rough ride, but great off the road.
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