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1999 Chevrolet Tracker

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1999 Chevrolet Tracker Review

A fun little number for an on-road or off-road excursion.

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The 1999 Chevrolet Tracker represents a complete redesign from the previous generation of the model. Aside from the Tracker name and a few odd components, the compact SUV was completely revised and improved inside and out. For starters, the Tracker’s track width was increased by 2.5 inches. This gives the Tracker a wider stance. It’s also built on a ladder-type frame construction. These factors work in combination with the Tracker’s MacPherson-strut front suspension and five-link rear setup to drastically improve ride quality. The previous generation of Tracker’s recirculating-ball system has also been ditched and replaced with a more up-to-date rack-and-pinion system that greatly improves the steering.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV, convertible SUV
Engines: 1.6-liter inline four, 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Tracker Base, Chevrolet Tracker Base w/Soft Top

What's New

The Chevrolet Tracker is redesigned for 1999. The compact SUV is now available as a two-door convertible or a four-door hardtop. It’s also been given increased power, better handling, a sportier look, improved ride quality, as well as a more spacious and comfortable interior. The 1999 Chevrolet Tracker is available with two-wheel or four-wheel drive.


With a lowered roofline, a hood that sloops, and sculpted sides, the 1999 Chevrolet Tracker is a much sportier looking number than its predecessor was. Other exterior features for the 1999 Tracker include black bumpers with two front two hooks, rear step bumpers, black bodyside moldings, monotone paint and dual manual exterior mirrors. Dual-power remote exterior mirrors are available as an option.


The 1999 Tracker boasts an interior that is spacious and comfortable. The four-door version seats five while the convertible can accommodate up to four passengers. The front seats are bucket and are adjustable four ways. Cloth seat and door trim are standard across the line.

The interior of the 1999 Tracker is comfortable and ergonomically designed. The instruments and gauges are sensibly laid out and interior materials are of reasonably quality. Additional standard features for the 1999 Tracker include bucket seats, center console, power brakes, 15-inch wheels, and power steering. Available options, depending on the model, include power windows, power door locks, keyless entry, cruise control, tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning, rear window wiper, roof rack, alloy wheels, and an AM/FM/CD audio system.

Performance & Handling

Despite the fact that the Tracker still suffers from substantial under steer, the 1999 model is more stable, handles better and feels more connected to the road when driver. The Tracker adopted GM’s shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive system with automatic locking front hubs as standard. Additionally, Chevy has given the Tracker a new two-liter, 16-valve DOHC four-cylinder that’s rated at 127 horsepower and capable of producing 134 lb-ft of torque. It comes standard on the four-door hardtop and is an available option for the two-door convertible. The standard engine for the two-door tracker is a 1.6-liter inline four rated at 97 horses and available with only a manual transmission. Transmission options for the two-liter consist of a five-speed manual or an optional four-speed automatic.

It’s unfortunate, but despite all GM’s efforts to make the Tracker better, the area that seems to have lagged behind most is engine power. Even with the bigger two-liter four-cylinder, the Tracker seems to stutter and wheeze when the throttle is pushed. It also produced an infernal amount of buzz before it even begins to redline. Where the 1999 Tracker does excel in terms of performance is its handling and ride quality, which are both respectable.


Standard safety features for the 1999 Chevrolet Tracker include daytime running lights, driver and passenger front-impact airbags, child security rear door locks, and a center high mounted stop light. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes are an available option for all models.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Tracker 2WD Convertible 1.6-liter four-cylinder: 22/26 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Tracker Convertible 2.0-liter four-cylinder: 20/23 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Tracker 2WD Hardtop 2.0-liter four-cylinder: 21/24 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Tracker 4WD Convertible 1.6-liter four-cylinder: 22/25 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Attractive, modern styling
  • Spacious interior

You Won't Like

  • Excess of buzzing and other noise
  • Engine lineup lacks enthusiasm
  • No V-6 option

Sum Up

A fun little number for an on-road or off-road excursion.

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