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1996 Chevrolet Astro Review
Family fun on wheels.
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The 1996 Chevrolet Astro is not known for its stylish design or luxurious features, but it is well equipped to transport an entire midsize family in comfort. On the road, drivers get strong acceleration and good handling on all types of road conditions, while passengers are able to experience a comfortable ride. It provides ample storage space for camping gear, carrying groceries, and transporting heavy loads. It also is capable of towing nearly three tons of weight.
Engines: 4.3-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Astro, Chevrolet Astro LS, Chevrolet Astro LT
The 1996 Chevrolet Astro gets a newly-designed interior, which features more leg room in the front, passenger side airbags, a new instrument panel, a vamped-up climate control system, and new seats. It also has an improved engine for better drivability and more available exterior paint colors.
The 1996 Chevrolet Astro has two doors with a sliding door on the passenger side rear. A platform step on both the driver and passenger side assist people to enter and exit the vehicle easily. It measures approximately 190 inches long, 75 inches tall, 77 inches wide, and has a 111-inch wheelbase.
Inside, the 1996 Chevrolet Astro is not luxurious, yet it is still respectably nice and roomy. The Astro is able to seat more passengers depending on the model. In the front, there is a large pull-out storage box and reclining high-back bucket seats designed for maximum comfort. The dash features logically-arranged gauges and controls and an AM/FM radio with a digital clock. In the rear, there is a removable adjustable bench seat with head restraints. Other notable features include auxiliary power outlets and front and rear passenger assist handles.
Performance & Handling
The 1996 Chevrolet Astro is packed with a six-cylinder engine that produces 190 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. The engine is teamed with a four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, which provides smooth shifting. The van is equipped with enough power to tow up to 5000 pounds.
The Astro is built with an independent torsion beam front suspension with stabilizer bar and a beam rear suspension with leaf springs. For such a large vehicle, it drives pleasantly on the highway, and handles turn nicely. The LT model has full-time all-wheel drive, which allows it to handle rough road conditions with ease.
The 1996 Chevrolet Astro features anti-lock brakes on all four wheels, driver and passenger front airbags, front and rear crumple zones, side-impact beams, and variable ratio power steering. It scored poorly in frontal impact crash test ratings from the NHTSA.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Lots of cargo room
- Great for towing and hauling
You Won't Like
- Poor visibility when going in reverse
- Disappointing crash test scores
- Below average gas mileage
Family fun on wheels.
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