2001 Chevrolet Cavalier

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of the 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier. Base trim shown.

2001 Chevrolet Cavalier Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
The Cavalier lineup loses the convertible body style because of slow sales, and the coupe and sedan body styles return for 2001 with minor changes. The similar Pontiac Sunfire also loses its convertible model.

The Cavalier, a front-drive compact, is General Motors’ best-selling car line, and it may continue in its present form until the 2004 model year. At that time, GM is expected to field new front-drive small cars that also will be sold in Europe and other markets.



Exterior
Both the two-door coupe and four-door sedan are 181 inches long — 6 inches longer than the Ford Focus or Honda Civic. Both body styles come in a base trim level; the sedan also comes in the upscale LS trim, while the coupe is available in the sporty Z24 form with a standard rear spoiler, fog lamps and 16-inch aluminum wheels.



Interior
A CD player is now standard on the LS sedan and Z24, and an optional sound system includes Radio Data System technology. RDS interrupts regular programs, tapes or CDs to broadcast weather and traffic bulletins.

All models seat five and have a rear seatback that folds for extra cargo space. The standard center console has five cupholders — three for the front occupants and two for the rear — and slots for coins, cassettes and CDs.



Under the Hood
Base models and the LS sedan come with a 115-horsepower 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine, and the Z24 coupe uses a dual-camshaft 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 150 hp. The 2.4-liter engine is optional on th...
Vehicle Overview
The Cavalier lineup loses the convertible body style because of slow sales, and the coupe and sedan body styles return for 2001 with minor changes. The similar Pontiac Sunfire also loses its convertible model.

The Cavalier, a front-drive compact, is General Motors’ best-selling car line, and it may continue in its present form until the 2004 model year. At that time, GM is expected to field new front-drive small cars that also will be sold in Europe and other markets.



Exterior
Both the two-door coupe and four-door sedan are 181 inches long — 6 inches longer than the Ford Focus or Honda Civic. Both body styles come in a base trim level; the sedan also comes in the upscale LS trim, while the coupe is available in the sporty Z24 form with a standard rear spoiler, fog lamps and 16-inch aluminum wheels.



Interior
A CD player is now standard on the LS sedan and Z24, and an optional sound system includes Radio Data System technology. RDS interrupts regular programs, tapes or CDs to broadcast weather and traffic bulletins.

All models seat five and have a rear seatback that folds for extra cargo space. The standard center console has five cupholders — three for the front occupants and two for the rear — and slots for coins, cassettes and CDs.



Under the Hood
Base models and the LS sedan come with a 115-horsepower 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine, and the Z24 coupe uses a dual-camshaft 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 150 hp. The 2.4-liter engine is optional on the LS sedan. Both engines are available with a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission.



Safety
The Cavalier has standard antilock brakes — a feature still optional on a few more-expensive midsize models — and GM’s PassLock theft-deterrent system, which must read an electronic code embedded in the key before the engine will start.

 
Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

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What Drivers Are Saying

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(3.2)
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(3.2)
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(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

Latest Reviews

(4.0)

Very reliable

by Emily on June 30, 2018

I?ve had this car for a few years, it?s great for long drives and everyday use. Gas mileage is also really good. I highly recommend this car for anyone. Read full review

(3.0)

Alot of problems

by Anyhonestsellersoutthere? from Niagara, ON on March 24, 2018

I bought this 2 door car off a local dealer. It lasted 2 years- before being useless. I wasn't used to anti-lock brakes and almost died (figuratively) when I went to stop once as a tractor trailer ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Cavalier received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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