1992 Chevrolet Cavalier

The 1992 Chevy Cavalier RS sedan, part of the 1992 Chevy Cavalier line.
Fresh-looking 1992 Cavalier models included this RS sedan.

The 1992 Chevrolet Cavalier got a more powerful base engine and added anti-lock brakes as a standard feature in the car's eleventh model year. The model line was expanded by one, with a Z24 convertible returning after a two-year hiatus. The lineup now included coupes in VL, RS, and Z28 trim; sedans and wagons in VL and RS guise; and convertibles in RS and Z24 persuasions.

A new fuel-injection system boosted the base 2.2-liter four to 110-horsepower (from 95), while the 3.1-liter V-6 that was standard in the Z24 and optional in RS convertibles and wagons remained at 140 horsepower. Both engines came standard with a five-speed manual, offering a three-speed automatic as an option.

New features on all Cavaliers included a shift interlock on automatic-equipped models that prevented the gearshift from going into Reverse or Drive unless the brake pedal was depressed, and an innovative power locking system that automatically locked all the doors when the transmission was shifted into Drive, or with manual transmission, when the car reached eight mph. VL and RS models also got new wheel covers.

Total sales slipped to about 225,000 for 1992, though that was enough for a third-place finish behind the Ford Taurus and Honda Accord.

1992 Chevrolet Cavalier Facts

Model
Weight range (lbs.)
Price range (new)
Number built
Cavalier
2,509-2,689
$8,899-$18,305
225,633

1992 Chevrolet Cavalier “Stripper” VL Coupe, part of the 1992 Chevy Cavalier line.
1992 Cavalier models like this stripper VL coupe
were considered a good value.

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