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1995 Chevrolet Astro Review
The brawniest minivan on the road.
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The 1995 Chevrolet Astro is a rear-drive midsize van manufactured by General Motors and was introduced in 1985. It debuted along with its sibling, the GMC Safari, in order to compete with the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager. Although it has been referred to as a minivan, its actual size is larger. Its size is actually more than that of the Chevrolet Ventura and less than that of the full-size Chevrolet Van.
Engines: 4.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Astro, Chevrolet Astro CS, Chevrolet Astro CL, Chevrolet Astro LT
The 1995 Chevrolet Astro's front sheet metal is restyled and different from previous models. This year the regular-sized model is no longer available, leaving the extended-length body as the standard and only body size. Another big replacement is that of the single-leaf plastic springs, which is removed in favor of stronger multi-leaf steel springs. It's only available with one engine, and remote keyless entry is a new option; meanwhile, air-conditioning is now standard.
The 1995 Chevrolet Astro, which introduces the second generation, is significantly different from the first generation in terms of exterior design. It has a much longer nose that resembles the extended nose of a full-size Chevy Express. It also has a wheelbase of 111 inches and a total width of 77.5 inches with an approximate overall length of 190 inches.
The 1995 Chevrolet Astro offers lots of space inside for passengers at the back and cargo, but the front passenger and driver would find themselves lacking in legroom or knee room due to the uncomfortably narrow footwells. However, it is difficult to enter and exit because of the narrow doorways and are hampered by the tall step-up to get inside.
The 1995 Chevrolet Astro's dashboard is similar to the one used in the previous generation. It uses a simple, no-frills setup of controls for driver and passenger to easily understand and operate. It also comes with several built-in storage spaces in the front and back. The eight-seater van lacks enough cargo room, but other seating arrangements are available. It's available with an all-wheel drive option that offers greater traction, but this takes a toll on its fuel economy.
Performance & Handling
The1995 Chevrolet Astro get the same 4.3-liter V-6 engine that delivers 165 horsepower and 235 lb-ft of torque. The engine is only combined with a four-speed automatic without a choice for a manual transmission. The V-6 proves to be very capable and easily offers enough power to haul heavy loads and to tow. It has plenty of low-speed power, but it fails to provide brisk acceleration. It can be fitted with up to eight passengers, but loading it to its capacity results in a considerably rougher and bouncier ride. In fact, this particular van is the least carlike among its rivals for this reason.
The 1995 Chevrolet Astro gets a three-star rating for driver safety and a four-star rating for passenger safety during frontal impact tests conducted by the NHTSA.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Astro AWD cargo: 15/20 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Astro 2WD passenger: 14/17 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Astro AWD passenger: 15/19 mpg city/highway
- Powerful towing capacity
- Spacious interior
- Optional all-wheel drive
You Won't Like
- Difficult entry/exit
- Poor ride quality
The brawniest minivan on the road.
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