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2001 Chevrolet Astro

  • 2001 Chevrolet Astro Base Extended Cargo Minivan

    Base Extended Cargo Minivan

    • MAX MPG
      20
    • SEATS
      2
    • HP/TORQUE
      190/250
    • ENGINE
      4.3L V6
    • MSRP
      $20,793
  • 2001 Chevrolet Astro Base Extended Passenger Minivan

    Base Extended Passenger Minivan

    • MAX MPG
      20
    • SEATS
      2
    • HP/TORQUE
      190/250
    • ENGINE
      4.3L V6
    • MSRP
      $20,793
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2001 Chevrolet Astro Review

Versatile and capable.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2001 Chevrolet Astro is a minivan that debuted in 1984. Although the van was redesigned in 1995, it retained a good portion of its original size. The Astro is available as a four-wheel and two-wheel drive, and it is slotted between the full-size Venture and the Chevrolet Express.

The Range

Body Styles: van
Engines: 4.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Astro

What's New

The 2001 Chevrolet Astro’s engine is improved with the addition of a new powertrain control module. A new low-emission version is also available this year. Two new exterior colors have been added to the list of available options.

Exterior

The 2001 Chevrolet Astro is available with a wheelbase of 111.2 inches and an overall length of 189.8 inches. In terms of size, the Astro can be slotted between the popular Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan, but the recent redesign of the Dodge van has led to some changes in this comparison. The current Dodge Caravan is almost equal to the Astro in terms of length, and the Grand Caravan is significantly longer. However, due to its height of around 75 inches, the Astro is taller than the Caravan. Fortunately, GM thoughtfully added a running board for easy entry and exit into the Astro.

A sliding door is only available for the passenger side, and the standard swinging door is installed for the rear cargo doors. The LT model comes with standard ""Dutch"" doors, has a swing-up rear window at the top, and two swing-out doors at the bottom. This setup also includes a defogger and is available as an option for the LS. The Astro LS trim is available with an overhead roof console, chrome-clad steel wheels, and remote keyless entry.

Interior

The 2001 Chevrolet Astro is fitted with standard interior features, including cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, remote keyless entry, trip computer, and power accessories. The LS comes with a CD player as a standard, but the LT gets a CD/cassette unit. Moreover, the 2001 Chevrolet Astro LT also features leather upholstery as an option with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and high-back reclined seats.

The eight-passenger 2001 Chevrolet Astro LS has two bucket seats up front and two three-place bench seats at the back. However, the LT model gets two split-bench seats instead of three-place benches. The LT model also has an option seven-passenger configuration where the second row of seats is replaced by two bucket seats. Entry and exit to the front seats is a tad difficult because of the narrow lower doorways and the tall step-in platform. The footwells are too narrow for comfort, but the van does offer abundant headroom. The seats are more like wooden chairs due to their firmness. The rear benches enjoy a surprising amount of legroom and headroom, but the seats tend to be heavier during removal as compared to the seats present in other minivans.

Performance & Handling

The 2001 Chevrolet Astro has a 4.3-liter, Vortec V-6 engine that delivers 190 horsepower. It is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission, and the van uses the Tow/Haul method for transportation of heavy goods. According to Chevrolet, the Astro’s engine is the biggest V-6 in its class. The passenger version can hold up to 5500 pounds, and the cargo version can hold up to 5900 pounds.

The V-6 engine offers sufficient acceleration for passing and accelerating, but its strong suit is its torque capacity, which allows the van to carry more weight. The ride quality is rougher than most other rivals, and the suspension goes berserk over rough pavements. However, the car is smooth on good roads.

Safety

The 2001 Chevrolet Astro has been tested by the NHTSA, which conducted frontal impact collision tests on the vehicle. According to the results, the van gets three out of five stars for driver safety and four stars for passenger safety. The Astro also has a rollover rating of three stars.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Astro: 15/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Very spacious
  • Good value for money
  • All-wheel drive available
  • Strong towing capacity

You Won't Like

  • Outdated design

Sum Up

Versatile and capable.

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