Used 1996 Chevrolet Caprice

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Edmunds' Expert Review

Vehicle overview

Chevy's behemoth Caprice Classic is quite a competent car, which explains its popularity in police and taxi fleets. It carries plenty of passengers and cargo, and handles surprisingly well for a vehicle regularly nicknamed Shamu, after the famous Sea World whale. Essentially, the Caprice's optional 5.7-liter V8 is the same engine that propels the fantastic Impala SS sport sedan (though in slightly different tune), and combined with the optional sport suspension, the Caprice moves with amazing alacrity.

However, the frumpy Caprice has never been very successful with the buying public, mostly due to its heavy-handed styling. Modifications since the current car's 1991 debut include revised rear wheel wells, restyled tail lamps, and the dog-leg rear quarter window treatment from the sportier Impala SS. Wagon models haven't changed one whit. Overall, the styling improvements haven't improved the Caprice, which we kind of liked as a pseudo-Hudson.

Inside, the Caprice looks like a taxi. A wide, flat bench seat and expansive, slab-like dashboard greet and seat six passengers in comfort. With the optional V8, sport suspension and wide tires mounted on alloy wheels, the Caprice offers good performance value in a traditional full-size sedan or wagon

We prefer the understated, muscular look of the Impala SS, but for buyers who need interior acreage, lots of chrome and miss the good old horsepower-infused days of the '60s and '70s, the Caprice Classic ought to fit the bill. Better hurry though, GM is dropping the Caprice so that more profitable, and popular, sport utility vehicles can be built in its Arlington, Texas plant. After a short 1996 model run, the Caprice will be gone from Chevy showrooms.

1996 Highlights

No changes as Caprice enters final year of production.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 1996 Chevrolet Caprice.

Average user rating: 4.8 stars
16 total reviews
5 star reviews: 81%
4 star reviews: 19%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%

Trending topics in reviews

  • spaciousness
  • ride quality
  • acceleration
  • towing
  • driving experience
  • comfort
  • oil
  • dashboard
  • reliability & manufacturing quality
  • road noise
  • fuel efficiency
  • value
  • engine
  • handling & steering
  • climate control
  • maintenance & parts
  • emission system
  • interior
  • appearance

Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, The Best Car I've Ever Owned!
Mr Moose from Maine,
4dr Sedan
I'm a police officer in ME with prior sevice in MA. I never drove a Chevy cruiser until I went to ME. Wow, what a difference from the Ford's! I was so impressed I ordered a 9C1 Caprice in 07/96 and had to go back to MA to do it. This car is fantastic. It rockets off the line, corners like it's on rails, and gets 20mpg on the highway. The only problem I had was the crappy Goodyear Eagle RSA tires which were replaced. I love this car. I only drive it in the summer now, and am going to give it to my daughter as her first car, and the Cops can chase her around. Why GM discontinued the Caprice/Impala SS is beyond me. This car is a true classic and will be a collectors car I'm sure.
4.375/5 stars, ex-Police LT1 off eBay
Anonymous Coward,
4dr Sedan
Shopping for a second car in 2000 I started on Edmunds.com and selected a couple high-value models (good ratings and low price). Then I went to eBay and started bidding - won a '96 Caprice. Fresh out of service with the Saginaw MI PD it has the LT1 and heavy duty everything. Got it with 75,000 on the clock. So far I've put a new A/C unit, replaced two front suspension components and put on new Michelins. It uses no oil and has had zero drivetrain issues. Now at 120,000 miles.
4.875/5 stars, Tell me again why GM discontinued these?
Z28_Sedan,
4dr Sedan
I have the 5.7L LT1 engine in mine. It's a very fast car with smooth-as- silk ride. The odd thing is that it gets 25 mpg even with the performance axle ratio (that's the EPA highway rating too). I know other owners getting 27 mpg. It's funny that Chrysler's new Hemi (same size as the LT1: 5.7L) in the 300C/Magnum (a similar curb weight according to Edmunds) is rated at the same gas mileage (25 mpg highway) even though the Hemi is 10 years newer in design and even uses cylinder deactivation.
4.125/5 stars, Great older car
retirednak,
4dr Sedan
My 3rd Caprice. This car has 30000 miles. Just did 3000 mile road trip to Alaska with no problems. Best MPG was 26 mpg at 60-65 mph. Worst mpg was 17mpg at 8-100mph. Too Bad GM doesn't make a full size rear drive car anymore.


Features & Specs

Base MSRP
N/A
MPG & Fuel
16 City / 24 Hwy / 19 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 23.0 gal. capacity
Seating
0 seats
Drivetrain
Type: rear wheel drive
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Engine
V8 cylinder
Horsepower: 200 hp @ 5200 rpm
Torque: 240 lb-ft @ 2400 rpm
Basic Warranty
N/A
Dimensions
Length: 214.1 in. / Height: 55.7 in. / Width: 77.5 in.
Curb Weight: 4061 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 20.4 cu.ft.

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver4 / 5
Passenger2 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
DriverNot Rated
PassengerNot Rated
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
RolloverRating
RolloverNot Rated
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact TestNot Tested
Roof Strength TestNot Tested
Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintNot Tested
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
0


FAQ

Is the Chevrolet Caprice a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 1996 Caprice both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Chevrolet Caprice fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Caprice gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Caprice has 20.4 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Chevrolet Caprice. Learn more

Is the Chevrolet Caprice reliable?

To determine whether the Chevrolet Caprice is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Caprice. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Caprice's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 1996 Chevrolet Caprice a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 1996 Chevrolet Caprice is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 1996 Caprice is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 1996 Chevrolet Caprice?

The least-expensive 1996 Chevrolet Caprice is the 1996 Chevrolet Caprice 4dr Sedan. Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $0.

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    What are the different models of Chevrolet Caprice?

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    Used 1996 Chevrolet Caprice Overview

    The Used 1996 Chevrolet Caprice is offered in the following submodels: Caprice Sedan, Caprice Wagon. Available styles include 4dr Sedan, and 4dr Wagon.

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