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2004 Chevrolet Tracker Review

Good if you need a work car or transportation to and from classes.

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The 2004 Chevrolet Tracker continues the model that debuted under the Chevrolet banner in 1999 after the company decided to discontinue the Geo label in 1998. When it reentered the market in 1999, the Tracker changed its two-door Suzuki design to that of a four-door sport utility vehicle. The passenger seating increases from four to five. It also includes a standard five-speed manual transmission or you can get the optional four-speed automatic.

The Range

Body Styles: sport utility vehicle
Engines: 2.5-liter DOHC V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Tracker Base, Chevrolet Tracker LT, Chevrolet Tracker ZR2

What's New

In 2004, Chevrolet discontinued the two-door body style, the base four-cylinder engine, and the five-speed manual transmission. The engine gets replaced by a 2.5-liter, dual overhead cam, V-6 engine and the four-speed automatic transmission becomes standard.


The 2004 Chevrolet Tracker serves as a four-door SUV and seats up to five people. It comes in three trims: Base, LT, and ZR2. The exterior standard features for the Base trim include a chrome grille, 15-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, power steering, variable intermittent windshield wipers, and a rear intermittent wiper. The LT trim adds power locks, power windows, power mirrors, a roof rack, skid plates, and a rear defogger. The ZR2 trim has the same standard exterior features.

The exterior of the 2004 Chevrolet Tracker looks more like the typical SUV and less like a square box than earlier models. The front and rear bumpers are black and the edges have been rounded off to create a more aerodynamic look. The side molding gives it a slightly sporty look, and it features tinted rear and side glass cabin windows. It comes in seven youth-attracting colors, including bright yellow, but only offers one interior color.


The standard interior features for the Base trim of the 2004 Chevrolet Tracker include cloth bucket front seats, a 50/50-split folding rear bench seat, a cargo light, air-conditioning, and a four-speaker stereo system with an in-dash CD player. The LT trim adds premium cloth upholstery, a 12V power outlet in the front, cruise control, and a tilt steering wheel. The ZR2 trim adds front and rear floor mats. Cargo space with the seat in the upright position measures 23.4 cubic feet. When you fold the seat down, it increases to 50.2 cubic feet.

The interior looks plain and gray but functional. The gauges remain easy to read and the controls on the center stack look large and easy to operate. The interior materials and the cloth upholstery seem subpar and Chevrolet uses a lot of plastics throughout.

Performance & Handling

The 2004 Chevrolet Tracker draws power from a 2.5-liter, dual overhead cam, V-6 engine that generates 165 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. You can get it with rear drive or all-wheel drive. A four-speed automatic transmission remains the only transmission option. It comes equipped with MacPherson strut suspension in the front and solid live axle suspension in the rear. The ZR2 trim adds standard part-time four-wheel drive with a manual high-low gear selection feature.

This car delivers a rough ride. The steering feels numb and imprecise and the handling seems unsure. It experiences a marked body lean when turning a corner and the braking performance remains mediocre. Acceleration proves adequate for city driving, but the competition produces SUVs that accelerate quicker for highway merging. The cabin seems poorly insulated, and the wind, road, and engine noise sounds excessive.


Standard safety equipment for the 2004 Chevrolet Tracker includes an anti-lock braking system (ABS), vented front disc and rear drum brakes, daytime running lights, child seat anchors, rear child safety door locks, and automatic headlights.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Tracker Base: 17/20 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Tracker LT: 17/20 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Tracker ZR2: 17/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Low price
  • Standard V-6 engine
  • Offroad capability

You Won't Like

  • Rough ride, even on pavement
  • Limited legroom in rear seat
  • Limited cargo space
  • Subpar interior materials
  • Plain interior design
  • No airbags available

Sum Up

Good if you need a work car or transportation to and from classes.

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