2001 Chevrolet Cavalier

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Seating capacity

180.9” x 53.0”


Front-wheel drive



3 trims

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2001 Chevrolet Cavalier review: Our expert's take

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.

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.

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.

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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.4
  • Interior 3.3
  • Performance 3.9
  • Value 4.3
  • Exterior 3.8
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews


Great Starter Car

I got this car when I was 16 and it has been great! There are a few details I dislike, mostly cosmetic. The cup holders are very small so only short small drinks fit in them and cups block air controls which gets very annoying. Not extremely comfortable, but good for getting around! As a noob when it comes to mechanics, I really appreciate how easy and cheap it is to replace parts (ex. I replaced the headlights and the sun visors which just pop out). It held all my friends and gets good gas mileage. I also have a natural gas tank as well which was awesome. Unfortunately I got rear ended so it looks like that will be the last of my little Chevy :,( loved it while it lasted though!


21 years old, 240,000 miles. And still ticking.

Survive A hit and run and save my life. With stood a deer hitting the hood of the car. Traveled all over new England . Excellent in the snow. Excellent on gas . Still running and not ready for retirement yet. A car i never had to worry about when it came making it from point A to B.


Very dependable great gas mileage

Great car for the money gets you where you need to go. I've owned it for 4 1/2 years and it has never left me stranded..

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Based on the 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier base trim.
Frontal driver
Frontal passenger
Side driver
Side rear passenger


New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chevrolet
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
72 months/100,000 miles
36 months/36,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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