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Chevrolet Cavalier

Chevrolet Cavalier

The Chevrolet Cavalier is a compact car that appeals to young buyers with its sporty design, premium options, and reasonable price point. It has a spacious interior not found in many compact cars, and its great fuel efficiency appeals to budget-conscious buyers. Because of the Cavalier's popularity for a number of years, a variety of models can be found at At CARFAX, we aim to provide consumers a better understanding of the Chevrolet Cavalier, which includes both standard make and model details along with proprietary CARFAX data tied to each particular vehicle.

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Model Overview

The original Chevrolet Cavalier was introduced in 1981, and was manufactured for thirteen years. The latest version was introduced in 1995, and stayed in production until 2005.

The Cavalier is an aesthetically pleasing compact car that is rich in style with many special features, from a six-speaker entertainment system to plush bucket seats. New drivers and first-time car buyers will especially love the Chevrolet Cavalier because it delivers a lot at a low price point. It also gets great gas mileage and is very spacious for a compact car.

A family-friendly vehicle, the Cavalier is equipped with lower anchors and tethers in the rear to secure car seats, and the back seats offer ample room for passengers of all ages.

The base Cavalier models are priced lower price than the upgraded LS model, but if you are looking for more features, the LS model is a great option. Some of the features that come with the 2005 LS model include remote keyless entry and power windows and mirrors.

The 2005 model is available in a coupe or a sedan. Standard features include air conditioning, a cargo area light, a door ajar warning, four standard speakers, and a plastic steering wheel. The sedan has roomier rear seats than the sedan, while the coupe has a sportier look that appeals to young drivers looking for an economical sports car. The 2005 Cavalier is a very affordable starter vehicle.

Designed to help the driver stay in control in inclement weather, the Chevrolet Cavalier has the following safety features: heat-reflective glass, a fixed rear window with defogger, day time running lights, driver internally adjustable door mirrors, and passenger externally adjustable door mirrors.

If you are in the market for a Chevrolet Cavalier, it is a good idea to start your search with the 2002 model. It received a major makeover that year and additional features were added in subsequent years. Vehicles from 2002 through 2005 will allow you to take advantage of the most recent improvements in design and function.

Noteworthy About the Chevrolet Cavalier

The Chevrolet Cavalier has received positive recognition and several awards. In 2005, Consumer Guide noted Cavalier's automatic transmission for smooth and prompt shifting, and MSN gave it a five out of five overall ranking.

Chevrolet Cavalier Safety Features

The 2005 Cavalier has a variety of safety features, including a driver airbag, a passenger airbag, and a trunk anti-trap device.

Chevrolet Cavalier Safety Ratings

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier four out of five stars for front driver safety, front passenger safety, and rollover safety. The Cavalier was also rated among the top ten least expensive vehicles in Bankrate's 2004 New Car Buying Guide.

Vehicle Overview

Average Odometer Reading

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A 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier, the last year of production, averages just over 100,000 miles on the odometer. A 2002 will likely have just over 120,000 miles of wear and tear on average.

2005 Cavalier Specifications

  • N/A
  • 2.2-liter four-cylinder

  • 26 mpg city/36 mpg highway

  • Front-wheel drive
  • Five-speed Manual (standard)

    Four-speed automatic (optional)

  • 140 hp @ 5,600 rpm

  • 104.1 inches