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The Chevrolet Corsica was a 5-passenger compact sedan introduced in 1987, like its 2-door coupe counterpart, the Beretta. It was intended to appeal to young families seeking value and roominess.

The Corsica competed against some 20 sporty coupe and 4-door sedan nameplates, including Ford Contour/Mercury Mystique, Chrysler Cirrus/Dodge Stratus and Nissan Altima.

Year-to-year changes[]


Rolling in as a single model (the LT), the Corsica featured a 2.2-liter 4-cylinder engine, 95 horsepower and 5-speed manual transmission. A 4-door hatchback was also available.


The hatchback was discontinued in 1992, leaving behind only the sedan, which was now upgraded to 110 horsepower.


The 1993 Corsica added a new brake/transmission shift interlock.


On the value side, Corsica came with a goodly list of standard features that included a 120-hp 2.2-liter 4-cylinder engine, 3-speed automatic transmission, AM/FM/stereo radio, antilock brakes, driver's-side airbag, tinted glass and air conditioning. Handling received a boost with larger standard and optional tires. Available options included a 155-hp 3.1-liter V6 with a 4-speed automatic transmission, styled steel wheels, upgraded stereo systems with cassette and CD player, and a useful split folding rear seat that allows trunk access from inside the car. The front suspension was also redesigned.


The Corsica carried its sheetmetal over for '95, but sported a new standard monochromatic paint scheme that now incorporated body-color grille, mirrors, fascias and door handles.

The 1995 Corsica also had a new rear suspension arrangement that placed the axle "on center" with the spring and shock absorber. This transmitted less force to the body structure resulting in a smoother ride over rough surfaces.

A new daytime running lamp safety system automatically illuminated the low-beam headlights whenever the engine was running, making it easier for other drivers to see the car in daytime traffic.


Only a few changes were made for the 1996 Chevrolet Corsica, and the last Corsicas were produced in June 1996, before the new Malibu replaced it in 1997.

Retail prices[]

As of December 17, 1993:

  • $13,315 (1994 Chevrolet Corsica)

As of late 1994:

  • $12,600 (1995 Chevrolet Corsica)

As of mid-1995:

  • $13,200 (1995 Chevrolet Corsica)

As of September 4, 1995:

  • $13,495–$14,495 (1996 Chevrolet Corsica)

Shipping prices[]

  • $485 (1993 to early 1995 models)
  • $495 (1995 models)
  • $500 (1996 models)