Chevrolet Citation

1982 Chevrolet Citation

1982 Chevrolet Citation
New colors and a horizontal grille
gave variety into the 1982 Citation's appearance.

The 1982 Chevrolet Citation received a number of modest changes for its third year on the market. Foremost among them was a switch from carburetion to throttle-body fuel injection on the base 2.5-liter (151-cubic-inch) four.

Chevy claimed that the change not only improved cold starting but also added about seven percent to the power rating, now 90 horsepower, up from 84. In an effort to improve fuel economy, the optional three-speed automatic transmission got a lockup torque converter, and all models rode on low-rolling-resistance tires.

Body style offerings initially remained the same as before -- three-door and five-door hatchbacks -- but the two-door coupe that was in the 1980 lineup and dropped for 1981 made a comeback in mid-1982. The two V-6 engines carried over, though the "lesser" of the pair gained a couple of horsepower, to 112.

Prices were up by about $500, though Citations actually cost quite a bit less than the new -- and smaller -- Cavalier. But sales took a nosedive, largely due to the X-cars' growing reputation for poor quality that had already resulted in several recalls -- and its problems weren't over yet.

1982 Chevrolet Citation five-door hatchback
The Citation five-door hatchback was the most popular
body style for 1982.

1982 Chevrolet Citation Facts

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