1995 Geo Metro
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1995 Geo Metro Review
An efficient entry-level ride.
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The 1995 Geo Metro is a rebadged Suzuki Cultus manufactured by General Motors. This compact car was introduced into the United States in 1989, and over the years, it has changed. It is longer than the previous generations and is designed at the GM Design Center. The design borrows some elements from the Pontiac Sunfire and Chevrolet Cavalier.
Engines: 1.3-liter four-cylinder, 1.0-liter three-cylinder
Transmissions: three-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Geo Metro, Geo Metro LSi
The 1995 Geo Metro is a completely new car as compared to the previous models. It has been launched as a three-door hatchback or a four-door sedan in base and LSi trims. All models come with dual airbags and daytime running lights as standard and ABS as an option. The hatchback model has a 1.0-liter engine carried over from the previous generation. The sedan has a new 1.3-liter engine. This engine is also available as an option with the hatchback.
The 1995 Geo Metro is based on the Suzuki M platform and has a wheelbase of 93.1 inches. It uses some styling cues from the Chevrolet Cavalier and Pontiac Sunfire. The hatchback has a length of 149.4 inches, and the sedan has approximately 164 inches. Both sedan and hatchback bodies have a width of 62.6 inches. The height of the hatchback is around 54.7 inches, while that of the sedan is around 55.4 inches.
The 1995 Geo Metro ranges from cramped to strictly adequate depending on where the passenger is seated. The front seats offer adequate legroom, but the rear seats do not. In fact, the rear seats lack adequate legroom, so much so that the front seats need to be pushed further up ahead so that the passengers can get inside. The front seats are pretty comfortable, but the rear seats are too firm and flat to provide adequate comfort. On a positive note, the controls up front are well placed and easy to reach and use. The steering wheel, on the other hand, is a little too high for comfort and not adjustable either. Visibility is good in all directions because of the slim roof pillars and tall windows. Cargo space is relatively good in the sedan and hatchback body styles. Even though the cabin is actually cramped, it has a surprisingly airy feel.
Performance & Handling
The 1995 Geo Metro is available with two engines. The hatchback alone has a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine that delivers 55 horsepower and 58 lb-ft of torque, making it one of the weakest engines available in the automotive market today. The standard engine for the sedan and option engine for the hatchback is a 1.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers 70 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque. It feels very light when driven. The suspension is not very effective in absorbing bumps and can make the ride very rough on uneven roads. The steering wheel also feels the kickbacks, making the driving experience unpleasant. Road grip while cornering is just about modest, and there is significant body lean.
The 1995 Geo Metro receives a four-star rating for driver and passenger safety during frontal impact tests conducted by the NHTSA.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Good visibility
- Good fuel economy
You Won't Like
- Cramped interior
- Unrefined engine
An efficient entry-level ride.
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