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2002 Chevrolet Cavalier

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier

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$700 — $4,944 USED
Coupe
5 Seats
28-29 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
A new LS sport sedan and LS sport coupe join General Motors’ best-selling car line for the 2002 model year and are equipped with a new EcoTec 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 140 horsepower. A sporty Z24 sedan joins the Z24 coupe, and both are fitted with a 150-hp, twin-cam four-cylinder; they will be available for a limited time. The base Cavalier, which uses a 115-hp engine, can have an optional Sport Package.

Chevrolet’s front-drive subcompact coupe and sedan are similar to the Pontiac Sunfire. In a couple of years, GM is expected to replace these two aging cars with new models that can be sold elsewhere around the world. A face-lift could take place before that time.

Exterior
Both the two-door coupe and four-door sedan have a 104.1-inch wheelbase and are nearly 181 inches long, which makes them 6 inches longer than the Ford Focus or Honda Civic. Both body styles come in a base trim level, while the sedan also is offered in upscale LS trim. Sporty Z24 versions of each body style are equipped with a rear spoiler, fog lamps and 16-inch aluminum wheels. The new LS sport models include ground-effects body components, chrome-aluminum wheels, an FE2 sport suspension and a high-profile rear spoiler.

Interior
All Cavaliers seat five occupants. The rear seatback folds down to add cargo space beyond the trunk’s basic capacity, which is 13.2 cubic feet in the coupe and 13.6 cubic feet in the sedan. A standard center console contains five cupholde...

Vehicle Overview
A new LS sport sedan and LS sport coupe join General Motors’ best-selling car line for the 2002 model year and are equipped with a new EcoTec 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 140 horsepower. A sporty Z24 sedan joins the Z24 coupe, and both are fitted with a 150-hp, twin-cam four-cylinder; they will be available for a limited time. The base Cavalier, which uses a 115-hp engine, can have an optional Sport Package.

Chevrolet’s front-drive subcompact coupe and sedan are similar to the Pontiac Sunfire. In a couple of years, GM is expected to replace these two aging cars with new models that can be sold elsewhere around the world. A face-lift could take place before that time.

Exterior
Both the two-door coupe and four-door sedan have a 104.1-inch wheelbase and are nearly 181 inches long, which makes them 6 inches longer than the Ford Focus or Honda Civic. Both body styles come in a base trim level, while the sedan also is offered in upscale LS trim. Sporty Z24 versions of each body style are equipped with a rear spoiler, fog lamps and 16-inch aluminum wheels. The new LS sport models include ground-effects body components, chrome-aluminum wheels, an FE2 sport suspension and a high-profile rear spoiler.

Interior
All Cavaliers seat five occupants. The rear seatback folds down to add cargo space beyond the trunk’s basic capacity, which is 13.2 cubic feet in the coupe and 13.6 cubic feet in the sedan. A standard center console contains five cupholders – three for front occupants and two for rear passengers – as well as slots for coins, cassettes and CDs. A CD player is standard on the LS and Z24 editions, and an optional sound system includes Radio Data System technology. The RDS can interrupt regular programs, tapes or CDs to broadcast weather and traffic bulletins.

Under the Hood
Base-model Cavaliers use a 115-hp, 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine. The LS gets a new EcoTec 2.2-liter four-cylinder that develops 140 hp. Both Z24 models hold a dual-camshaft 2.4-liter four-cylinder that is rated at 150 hp. Cavaliers are available with a four-speed-automatic or five-speed-manual transmission.

Safety
Antilock brakes are standard, but side-impact airbags are not available. GM’s PassLock theft-deterrent system must read an electronic code embedded in the key before the engine will start.

Driving Impressions
Driving a Cavalier might not qualify as a memorable experience, but the long-lived Chevrolet subcompact is a capable and practical automobile that even manages to exhibit a dash of sportiness – at least in two-door form. Ride and handling set no standards, but the Cavalier scores passably well on both counts, maneuvering with relative ease and yielding reasonable comfort. Performance is lackluster with the base 115-hp engine, but either of the more potent power plants is likely to deliver acceleration that satisfies most drivers.

 

Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide;
Posted on 4/15/02

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
30 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(3.9)
Comfort
(3.9)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

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(4.0)

I own a 2002 and 2004

by MikePC from Williamsburg, KY on August 1, 2020

These cars have been basically bullet proof. Continue to run with very little issues. The 2004 has had a fan switch replaced but is otherwise original. The 2002 has had the air conditioner replaced ... Read full review

(4.0)

theyre ok

by blinmachine08 from Richmond, Virginia on July 3, 2020

i had this car for around 7 years. it was a decent car in terms of reliability. nothing major besides the ac compressor blew around 3 times. it was a decent car. it got me where i wanted it to go. but... Read full review

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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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