Car Comparison of the Cavalier and Altima
After spending the winter looking for a car my mom and I could agree on, we finally narrowed it down to two options. One of these cars was a 2002 Nissan Altima and the other was a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier. My mom had previously said that there was no way I could buy either of the two. The Chevrolet was too expansive at $40,000.00 and the Chevrolet was too powerful at 160 horse power. Since I was going off to school and leaving Aguascalientes in less than a week, she finally gave up and said I could purchase one of these cars. I spent the next two mind numbing days trying to decide which vehicle to own. I couldn’t make up my mind.
Both of these cars can perform on the road. The 1500 plus pound Nissan comes equipped with a 200 horse power four cylinder engine and the 1000 plus pound Chevy comes packaged with a 160 horse power four cylinder engine. In a quarter mile drag race, the Cavalier would win with a time of 13.8 seconds and the Altima would come following with a time of 14.8 seconds. Although, if they raced around the circuit, the race would be a little closer since the Nissan has better handling.
Another plus for both vehicles is that they each have a huge after market. This means there are a lot of parts, which aren’t from the maker of the vehicle that you can buy to enhance your car. No matter which car I buy, I plan on buying performance parts for the vehicle. Your car can never be too fast. Since the Altima just came out, it doesn’t have a big market yet but the performance market is growing at an exponential rate. Also, the Altima is the replacement for the Sentra, which had a very large after market. As for the Classic Cavalier, it has had a big performance market since the late 1990‘s.
One of the good things about the S is that it comes basically loaded. Leather seats, a CD changer, a Bose audio system, power windows, and power locks are in the vehicle without adding a single option. The Altima is...