CC Capsule: 1998-2002 Chevrolet Prism — One Nice, One a Beater

Chevrolet’s name has always been affixed to some of the best-selling automobiles in the United States. But for some reason, when General Motors dropped the Geo make and started selling Geo Prizms as Chevrolet Prizms, Prizm sales dropped by about 66 percent. Even though the Chevrolet Prizms are the newest Prizms, I see more of the previous-generation Geo Prizm on the road.

Then I saw two Chevy Prizms in the same week. This one appeared in my neighborhood, with its faded paint, rust, and missing wheel covers. A beater if I ever saw one.

Then I found this one in a parking garage, looking nearly showroom fresh. The owner stuck a Transformers badge on the decklid. I wonder what a Prizm would transform into.

I’m sure we all know that Prizms were basically Toyota Corollas. The first two generations were based on the Toyota Sprinter, which was a Corolla variant with unique skin. The Chevy Prizm was based on the E110 Corolla and looked very similar.