The pint-size Tracker is built from the same design as the Suzuki Vitara at a Canadian plant. General Motors owns a stake in Suzuki, and the two share other vehicles. Like the Vitara, Tracker comes in two-door convertible and four-door wagon styling. Unlike Suzuki, which offers a V-6 on its Grand Vitara models, Chevy currently offers only four-cylinder engines. That will change for 2001, when the 2.5-liter V-6 will be available on Tracker as well. Both models were redesigned for 1999 and return with minimal change this year.
The convertible seats four and the wagon holds five, but the rear seat is short of legroom on both. Folding the split rear seat can expand modest cargo space behind the second-row seats.
The four-door Tracker is 11 inches longer in wheelbase and overall length than the two-door, but the convertible is as wide and tall. The canvas top on the convertible is fully manual. On both body styles, the spare tire is mounted on the tailgate, which opens to the right.
Under the Hood
A 97-horsepower, 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine is standard on the convertible and comes only with manual transmission. A 127-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder is standard on the wagon and optional on the convertible and available with manual or automatic transmission. Both body styles are available with 2WD or 4WD.