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1997 Chevrolet Astro

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1997 Chevrolet Astro Review

Spacious and comfortable for any need.

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The 1997 Chevrolet Astro minivan portrays great qualities and value. Whether large or small, this minivan seems perfect for families. It works great for long drives on the highway as it has comfortable seats, accommodates up to eight passengers, and holds up to three tons of cargo.

The Range

Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 4.3-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Astro, Chevrolet Astro LS, Chevrolet Astro LT

What's New

A standard theft deterrent system improves safety in the 1997 Chevrolet Astro. Chevrolet offers three new paint colors to choose from and they last longer due to a clear, etch-resistant coat. New upholstery offers leather seating and daytime running lights also provide an option. The 1997 Chevrolet Astro also has the option of a HomeLink three-channel transmitter. Another new and standard addition is the delayed entry/exit light.


The 1997 Chevrolet Astro minivan uses a four-door design with a box shape and a long torso. This van has an advantage on roads because of its large size. Drivers can choose between flat or arched cross supports, and each give the van a slightly different look. It offers only a single sliding rear door, which can make getting in and out of the van tricky.


The seats in 1997 Astro minivan remain shorter than other vehicles, but still comfortable. Electronic steering adds a great bonus to the 1997 Chevrolet Astro. With three rows of seats, this minivan has three windows on each side. The back seats can be removed, which then provides 170 cubic feet of cargo space. The air-conditioning works great, especially for the hot summer days. Seats come standard with cloth upholstery, but leather remains an optional upgrade. Bucket seats for the second row and a new stereo also come with the 1997 Chevrolet Astro.

Performance & Handling

The 1997 Chevrolet Astro rides more like a truck than a car, but it represents one of the only vans with an all-wheel-drive system to safely and efficiently maneuver through snow and ice. Many companies use these minivans for work because of their hauling abilities. It also has above-average performance with 190 hp produced by a 4.3-liter V-6 engine and a smooth-shifting, four-speed automatic transmission. Overall, it provides a solid vehicle that can be trusted to get the job done.


The 1997 Chevrolet Astro includes four-wheel anti-lock brakes and driver and passenger front airbags.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Astro Minivan 2WD: 15/16 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Astro Minivan AWD: 14/15 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Plenty of cargo and passenger space

You Won't Like

  • Boxy exterior
  • One door makes loading and unloading difficult

Sum Up

Spacious and comfortable for any need.

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