The 1997 Geo Metro is small. Some might even say it is one step away from being a go-kart. Perfect for the budget conscious driver, it is available at a low price point. With unique styling, slow response, and little to offer in the way of options, it offers little more than basic transportation.
Body Styles: sedan, hatchback
Engines: 1.0-liter three-cylinder, 1.3-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: three-speed automatic, four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Geo Metro, Geo Metro LSi
The 1997 Geo Metro removes the base sedan from the lineup, leaving the LSi as the only sedan option. A convenience package is available on the LSi, and the hatchback now comes with a slightly larger engine. There are also two new color selections for exterior paint.
The 1997 Geo Metro comes in nine color options, which include super grape metallic, azurite blue metallic, and white. The shape is protruding in the back and rather distasteful. It comes standard with 13-inch wheels. The LSi also comes standard with intermittent windshield wipers and an optional rear window wiper to increase visibility.
The 1997 Geo Metro comes with a lackluster interior. Backseat pockets and split rear seat for access to the trunk are standard in the LSi. It comes standard with cloth seating, and there are no options for leather. Air-conditioning is optional, and any stereo system is considered an option.
Performance & Handling
The 1997 Geo Metro gets amazing gas mileage with its 1.0-liter and 1.3-liter engines, but it is extremely underpowered. The LSi comes standard with the 1.3-liter four-cylinder, and while it is good enough to get around town, it isn't really ideal for heavy travel. Even less impressive, the base models have a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine. In both cases, it tends to lag and hesitate during acceleration. The LSi's engine makes 70 lb-ft of torque while the 1.0-liter makes 58 lb-ft of torque.
The 1997 Geo Metro comes standard with passenger and driver's side airbags to reduce the amount of injury during a collision. A four-wheel anti-lock brake system is optional in all models. The LSi comes standard with intermittent windshield wipers and the option to add a rear window wiper for better visibility during inclement weather. A rear window defroster is also optional. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave four out of five stars for both driver and passenger side frontal collision safety.
EPA Fuel Economy
Geo Metro: 44/49 mpg city/highway
Geo Metro LSi: 39/43 mpg city/highway
You Won't Like
- No power
- Lack of standard equipment
- Unattractive design
Basic transportation with amazing fuel efficiency.
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