Compact SUV; Built in Canada
  • 2-door convertible
  • 2-door wagon
  • longitudinal front-engine/rear- or 4-wheel drive
Good condition price range: $1,700 – $5,500*


2001 Chevrolet Tracker ZR2 4-door wagon


2000 Chevrolet Tracker 2-door wagon


2001 Chevrolet Tracker interior


2001 Chevrolet Tracker ZR2 4-door wagon


2000 Chevrolet Tracker 4-door wagon

Pros:
  • Cargo room
  • Maneuverability
Cons:
  • Acceleration
  • Rear seat entry/exit (2-dr)
  • Rear-seat room
  • Rear visibility
  • Steering/handling

Despite some off-road prowess, Tracker is an also-ran among mini SUVs. A CR-V, RAV4, or Forester is more pleasant, spacious, and enjoyable for the kind of driving that most folks do. Because the Tracker’s resale value is lower, it costs less secondhand.

Overview

In 1998, General Motors abandoned the Geo brand, moving each model under the Chevrolet banner. For 1999, a redesigned version of Chevrolet’s smallest sport-utility vehicle debuted, built from a Suzuki design. As before, both a 2-door convertible and a 4-door wagon went on sale. Trackers shed their previous boxy shape in favor of more rounded, aerodynamic contours, but retained separate body-on-frame construction. Wheelbase was unchanged, but the 2-door’s body was 5 inches longer and the 4-door gained an inch. Both were 2 inches wider than before. Four-door models now seated five instead of four. The Tracker came only with 4-cylinder power, with a 1.6-liter four standard in the convertible. Standard in the wagon and optional for the convertible was a new 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that developed 127 horsepower (32 more than the smaller engine). A 5-speed manual transmission was standard, and vehicles with the larger engine had the option of a 4-speed automatic. Trackers came with rear-drive or 4-wheel drive, but 4WD could not be used on dry pavement. It did offer full shift-on-the-fly capability between 2WD and 4-High, and also included a 4-Low range.

Yearly Updates

2000 Tracker
A new Hang Ten Edition appearance option, featuring a surfing motif, became available for the Tracker convertible. It included special headrests, floor mats, spare-tire cover, and decals. Otherwise, little changed for 2000.
2001 Tracker
A V6 engine became available this year for the luxury-oriented LT wagon or a sporty new ZR2 version. The 2.5-liter Suzuki V6 produced 155 horsepower. Offered with either 2WD or 4WD, the LT edition featured a chrome grille, CD player, and optional leather upholstery. The ZR2 was 4WD-only, with special graphics, charcoal-colored wheel flares and exterior trim. Automatic was standard with the V6.
A ZR2 convertible also was available, but with a 4-cylinder engine. The little 1.6-liter four was dropped. New standard equipment on all models included air conditioning and a cassette player. Convertibles could now be fitted with power windows, locks, and mirrors.
2002 Tracker
For 2002, a CD player became standard, wagons got a standard roof rack, and ZR2s joined the LT in offering optional leather upholstery.
2003 Tracker
Tracker’s updates for 2003 were a monochromatic yellow exterior for the LT wagon and deep-tint glass as new options.
2004 Tracker
Only the Tracker’s 4-door version made it to 2004, since Chevrolet dropped the 2-door wagon models this year.

Engines

longitudinal front-engine/rear- or 4-wheel drive

Two 4-cylinder engines were available in 1999-2000 Trackers. An overhead-cam 1.6-liter four, rated at 97 horsepower, went into the convertible. The 127-hp dual-overhead-cam 2.0-liter engine was standard in wagons and an option for the convertible. Trackers with the larger engine could have either 5-speed manual shift or a 4-speed automatic transmission, but the 1.6-liter engine teamed only with the manual gearbox.

dohc I4
Engine Size (liters/cubic inches) 2.0/121
Engine HP 127
Engine Torque (lb-ft) 134
Avail. Trans. EPA MPG (city/hwy) MPG avg. as tested
5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
23/25
24/26
20.2

dohc V6
Engine Size (liters/cubic inches) 2.5/152
Engine HP 155
Engine Torque (lb-ft) 160
Avail. Trans. EPA MPG (city/hwy) MPG avg. as tested
4-speed automatic

18/20

17.9

ohc I4
Engine Size (liters/cubic inches) 1.6/97
Engine HP 97
Engine Torque (lb-ft) 100
Avail. Trans. EPA MPG (city/hwy) MPG avg. as tested
5-speed manual

25/28

Road Test

Both 4-cylinder engines feel weak and gruff when worked hard–which is necessary most of the time, even for ordinary driving. In the convertible, power is only passable; in the wagon, lethargic. No ball of fire itself, the V6 at least adds a welcome dose of oomph. Automatic transmissions are well-behaved, but the manual gearbox suffers vague shift action. Gas mileage is no bargain. A 4-cylinder 4×4 convertible with the 5-speed averaged 20.2 mpg. Ride and handling are nothing to shout about, either. Even on fairly smooth roads, Trackers are prone to fore-aft pitching, though they absorb most bumps without jarring. Cornering grip is only so-so. A CR-V or Forester is far more composed and comfortable. Tracker is the better off-road choice, however, thanks to its low-range gearing and truck-style construction. Rear space is tight, and rear entry/exit tricky. Up front, however, two occupants get more pleasing space and comfort. Relatively low seats mean drivers don’t get so commanding a forward view. Tall rear headrests and an outside spare tire hamper rearward vision. Step-in height is moderate, but narrow rear doors make it hard to get into wagons. The convertible’s back seat is cramped and park-bench hard.

Stereo and climate controls are too low for easy adjusting on the move, and the radio has annoyingly tiny buttons. Neither body style has much cargo space, and the tailgate swings to the right, which hampers curbside loading.

Ratings

Model Tested: 2002 Chevrolet Tracker LT 4WD

Ratings values are on a 1-10 scale, with 10 being the best. With the exception of Value, these numbers reflect how the vehicle compares against the universe of vehicles, not just against rivals in its class.

Performance

Acceleration - 3
30%
Fuel Economy - 4
40%
Ride Quality - 2
20%
Steering/Handling - 2
20%
Quietness - 2
20%

Accommodations

Controls/Materials - 3
30%
Room/Comfort Front - 3
30%
Room/Comfort Rear - 3
30%
Cargo Room - 6
60%

Other

Value - 2
20%

Total: 30

Specifications

2-door convertible
Wheelbase (in.) Length (in.) Width (in.) Height (in.) Weight (lbs)
86.6 151.8 67.3 66.5
Cargo Volume (cu/ft) Payload Capacity (cu/ft) Fuel Capacity (gal.) Seating Capacity
33.7 14.8 4
Headroom Legroom
Front Rear Front Rear
40.9 39.5 41.4 35.9
2-door wagon
Wheelbase (in.) Length (in.) Width (in.) Height (in.) Weight (lbs)
97.6 162.8 67.3 66.3
Cargo Volume (cu/ft) Payload Capacity (cu/ft) Fuel Capacity (gal.) Seating Capacity
44.7 17.4 5
Headroom Legroom
Front Rear Front Rear
39.9 39.6 41.4 35.9
Safety Ratings

Model Tested: 2000 Tracker 2-door convertible

NHTSA

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Impact Test

Driver Injury - N/A
N/A0%
Front Passenger Injury - N/A
N/A0%

Side Impact Test

Driver Injury - 4
80%
Rear Passenger Injury - 5
100%

HLDI

(A score of 100 is average. Lower is better)

Collision N/A
Injury N/A
Theft N/A

Trouble Spots

Air conditioner
Description: It the air conditioner loses refrigerant, the O-rings must be replaced at the compressor, evaporator, and condenser. (1999-2000)
Automatic transmission
Description: Slow upshifts or downshifts while driving with the cruise control engaged are due to a faulty cruise-control servo. (1999-2000)
Engine noise
Description: 2.0L or 2.5L engines make a ticking noise when cold started due to problems with the valve lifters. (1999-2001)
Manual transmission
Description: 4WD transfer case shifter may be hard to move because the shift synchronizers have too much grab. New synchros, blocking rings, and front shift shaft are required. (1999-2000)
Water leak
Description: Convertible tops leak from a gap between the retainer and hem, through a gap in the quarter trim panel, from the top joint trim molding, over the top of the trim, through the vent in the rear quarter panel, and through the rear quarter trim panel brace. (1999)
Pedals
Description: The throttle valve cable (for the automatic transmission) corrodes inside the casing causing the accelerator pedal to become very stiff.

Recall History

1999
Description: Brake lights on some vehicles may be inoperative when brake pedal is depressed. On vehicles equipped with automatic transaxle, this failure may also prevent shifting out of “Park.”
1999
Description: Steering shafts could separate, resulting in loss of steering control.
1999
Description: Windshield may have been improperly installed and may not be retained on front impact.
2001 4-dr
Description: Mislabeled seatbelts intended for 2-door models were installed in some 4-door vehicles, and do not work properly.

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Pricing

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