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Kelley Blue Book ® - 2004 Chevrolet Tracker Overview

Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book

KBB.com 2004 Chevrolet Tracker Overview

You Bet Its Tough

In the era of bigger is better, its nice to see that there is always an exception to the rule. In the world of rugged off-road SUVs, the Chevrolet Tracker may be small on the outside, but its got a heart as big as a Hummer. Youll find this sturdy compact can go just about anywhere its bigger 4x4 brothers can go and in some cases into a few narrow spots that they cant.

The Tracker is offered in only one body style this year: a four-door compact. The cute little two-door convertible is no longer available. The four-door version of the Tracker has a stretched wheelbase and a fixed roof that will probably appeal more to the family-oriented crowd. The Tracker four-door is designed for the everyday driver and to provide a secure and quiet interior no matter what the weather outside. The Tracker also provides vastly more cargo space than its two-door cousin and its solid roof can accommodate any number of roof rack systems.

All three Tracker models get a big power boost from the standard 2.5-liter V6. Rated at 165 horsepower, the V6 has just enough muscle to move the Tracker to the acceptable acceleration category. Because the Tracker's transmission and final gear ratio are set more for pulling then passing, you should not expect the V6 to provide lightening-quick sprints; what you can expect is a torque-happy powerplant that fears no snow drift or mud pit, and that's really what the Tracker 4x4 is all about. We should note that the Tracker is also available with two-wheel drive; these models generally tend to cost about $1100 less than their 4x4 counterparts.

On the road, you'll find the Tracker proves to be fairly stable. Its tall ride height does allow it to lean a bit in the turns, but overall the Tracker stays pretty grounded, even when performing emergency-like maneuvers. As with all high profile vehicles, you must exercise some respect for the high center of gravity and approach sharp turns at a reasonable speed. Off road, the Tracker proves itself as worthy as any SUV, with a high/low transfer case and eight-inches of ground clearance that allows you to tackle the most obstinate courses. It should be noted that the Tracker's four-wheel drive system can only be employed in off-road or deep snow conditions; it is not designed to be permanently engaged on dry pavement.

Inside the Tracker, you'll find a competent if somewhat plain interior. The dash, door panels and seat covers are all colored in the same shade of gray, with black plastic surrounds for the instrument cluster and radio. On the up-scale LT trim, you can opt for a leather interior that somewhat raises the interior appeal. What the Tracker interior may lack in aesthetics, it more than makes up for in comfort and cargo roomat least on the four-door model. The seats are very firm, but provide surprisingly long hours of comfort. You'll find that the rear seats are snug for the longest of legs, but can reasonably accommodate two adults. One of the four-door's best features is its swing-out rear door and fold-down seats that provide you with over 44 cubic feet of space.

Standard equipment on base models include air conditioning, rear defroster, center console with storage, illuminated entry, auto-off headlights, split-folding rear-seat, AM/FM stereo with CD, tachometer, rear wiper/washer, fuel tank skid plate and 15-inch stamped steel wheels. The ZR2 and LT trim add many more standard features and include jazzed up exterior treatments that greatly improve the Tracker's already attractive sheet metal.

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