2002 Chevrolet Prizm Consumer Review: Pragmatic Peppy Car

2002 Chevrolet Prizm - Consumer Review

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Base Sedan (1.8L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Pragmatic Peppy Car
By WNY Driver on


2002 Chevrolet Prizm 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


This is the 2nd 5-speed Prizm I have owned - the other I bought new in 1998 that my 6'4" son drives now (tight fit) & has 125K miles. Ownership experience great for both. 32- 38 mpg depending on conditions. With high gas prices have taken on longer trips recently (10+ hours). The Prizm is designed for commuting around town but the seats are bearable for longer distances by buying a memory foam car seat on eBay for ~$30. 5-speed is the way to go - great stick and it provides the flexibility to delay shift if more accel. needed. Leased 2002s are on the retail market now but most are auto. Great cars!

Best Features

Gas mileage; reliabilty; good pep with 5 speed; decent handling; ABS Option nice to have in bad weather like we have in upstate NY

Worst Features

Seats uncomfortable over long distance (helped w/ after market cushion); little leg room in rear; would be nice to have split rear seat (only LSi has); seat fabric avg; tach should be std on 5-speed.
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