Base Retail Price Range:
$12,348 - $14,919
New for 1999: Chevrolet
makes only a few changes to the Prizm for 1999, mainly adding
some new colors.
History: Introduced as
the Geo Prizm in 1989, the Prizm has fallen under the Chevrolet
nameplate since 1998 when the Geo brand was discontinued. The Prizm also
underwent a complete redesign last year, resulting in a sedan that
is not only larger, lighter and more powerful than its predecessor,
but also safer. A new body and chassis with improved impact-absorbing
crumple zones combines with optional side-impact airbags to offer
compact-car buyers a higher level of safety. The Prizm is built by New
United Motor Manufacturing Inc., a General Motors/Toyota joint venture
in Fremont, California, and is the mechanical twin of the Toyota
Corolla. Nearly three-quarters of Prizm buyers are women, and the
automaker says the car's price and dependability are the top reasons buyers
choose Chevrolet Prizm.
Trim Details: The 1999
Chevrolet Prizm is available in two trims: Prizm (base) and LSi.
Safety features include dual
airbags, optional side airbags, daytime running lights, child safety
locks and an available anti-lock
brake system (ABS). A 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that
produces 120 horsepower powers
all Prizms. Standard equipment includes intermittent
wipers, body-color bumpers,
tinted glass, power steering and all-season tires. The LSi
upgrades with air conditioning,
power door locks, a split-folding rear seat, cruise control and
an AM/FM stereo cassette. A
tilt steering wheel, CD player, power sunroof and alloy wheels
are optional on all Prizms.