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Chevrolet Cavalier


1995 Chevrolet Cavalier

The 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier mid-level LS Convertible, part of the 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier line.
This attractive mid-level Cavalier LS convertible
appeared in the spring of 1995.

The 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier, after 13 years in the same basic form, offered up a redesign. Though the base engine carried over from before, just about everything else was new.

Foremost among the changes was a sleek new body wrapped around a revised interior sporting standard dual air bags. Wheelbase was stretched nearly three inches to 104.1, allowing for more rear leg room, while overall length was cut by a couple of inches.

Coupe and sedan body styles debuted in the fall, followed by a convertible in the spring. But the station wagon didn't return as sales hadn't warranted a replacement.

At first, the only versions offered were a base coupe and sedan along with a fancier LS sedan, but both an LS convertible and Z24 coupe bowed in the spring. All carried four-cylinder engines, as the previous 3.1-liter V-6 was replaced by a revised 2.3-liter double-overhead-cam Quad 4, which made its debut in the Z24.

Previously offered by Chevrolet only in the sportiest version of the Beretta coupe, the Quad 4 had seen heavy revisions to cut vibration and provide a more useful power curve. Standard in the Z24 and optional on LSs, it was rated at 150-horsepower, while the returning 2.2-liter four that was standard in base and LS models produced 120 horsepower.

Both engines came standard with a five-speed manual transmission, but the 2.2 got an optional three-speed automatic while the Quad 4 offered a four-speed automatic.

Though still no paragon of refinement, the new Cavalier bested the old in every way. The ride was quieter, the interior roomier, the styling more modern, and the dual air bags brought it on par with others in the class.

Anti-lock brakes remained standard, still a rarity in the subcompact class. Prices started at just over $10,000 for a base coupe, and though that represented a hike of better than 10 percent over the previous VL coupe, the new Cavalier was a lot more car.

1995 Chevrolet Cavalier Facts

Model
Weight range (lbs.)
Price range (new)
Number built
Cavalier
2,617-2,838
$10,060-$17,210
N/A

The 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 Coupe, part of the 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier line.
Spring of 1995 also brought a new Z24 coupe with oomph.

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