2004 Chevrolet Optra LS Road Test

2004 Chevrolet Optra LS Road Test
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I'm stating the obvious when I say that sedans are everywhere. No matter where I am, downtown, uptown, in the suburbs or even staring at the car in my own driveway at home, sedans are what most people drive. And with a growing number of functional 4-doors available, the car-buying decision just gets harder and harder.

I had a chance to drive around town in the new 2004 Chevrolet Optra, and it turned out to be a pleasant experience. (Photo: Alexandra Straub, Canadian Auto Press)
Case in point: the recent introduction of General Motors' Malibu, Epica and Optra. I had a chance to drive around town in the new 2004 Chevrolet Optra and get acquainted. My expectations weren't sky high, I must admit, and I wasn't particularly blown away, but at least my experience was pleasant.

The steering wheel has nice grooves for the fingers at the 9 and 3'oclock positions, the front cloth bucket seats are comfortable, and the standard 5-speed manual transmission smooth. While shifting gears, however, I did notice a clicking sound when I pushed the clutch in. It was a little annoying at first but I got used to it. By the way, a 4-speed automatic is also offered.

>Despite its modest price tag of $17,465, my upgraded Optra LS came with a number of upscale features. (Photo: Alexandra Straub, Canadian Auto Press)
Handling is commendable for a sedan whose base price starts at a mere $16,190. The four-wheel independent suspension coupled with P195/55R15 all season tires, stick to the road on the windy roads even when pushed. The ride is not too sloppy and not too stiff. It's a nice balance of comfort and cornering ability.

Despite its modest price tag of $17,465, my upgraded Optra LS came with a few upscale features including power locks with remote keyless entry, air conditioning, dual front airbags, a tilt steering wheel with flush covers, and cruise control. Plus, a centre storage deposit tray, illuminated ignition keyhole, digital quartz clock, and a non-locking lighted glove box.

By Alexandra Straub,

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