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2003 Chevrolet Astro Review

The cargo ferrying capacity of the Chevrolet Astro increases its passenger minivan utility value.

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Overview

The 2003 Chevrolet Astro can tow cargo as comfortably as the next sports utility vehicle (SUV), only it is a passenger minivan. It comes as a rear drive or an all-wheel drive (AWD) with a four-speed automatic transmission. The 2003 Chevrolet Astro comes with 16-inch aluminum wheels and tires. It comes with an enhanced braking system improving on its safety features.

The Range

Body Styles: passenger minivan
Engines: 4.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic overdrive
Models: Chevrolet Astro Cargo Van, Chevrolet Astro 2WD, Chevrolet Astro Cargo Van AWD, Chevrolet Astro AWD

What's New

The prettier 16-inch wheels come as standard fitting in all the trims of this edition.

Exterior

The 2003 Chevrolet Astro comes with 16 x 6.5-inch wheels and P215/70R16 all-season tires. It has a sliding door on the passenger side and comes with body colored mirrors and door handles. It includes intermittent wipers, rear window defogger, and privacy glass from the factory.

The exterior dimensions of the 2003 Chevrolet Astro are 77.5 inches wide, 75 inches high, and 189.8 inches long. It rides on a 111.2-inch wheelbase, and stands on 6.8 inches ground clearance. The cargo capacity is 41.3 cubic feet and the rear seats fold to expand the cargo capacity to 170.4 cubic feet. The vehicle has a maximum towing capacity of 5400 lbs. with the right towing equipment.

Interior

The driver’s seat in the 2003 Chevrolet Astro comes with adjustable lumbar support settings. It has a folding rear seatback, and a bench seat in the third rear row with a folding seatback. The power features on the 2003 Chevrolet Astro include power door locks, power mirrors, and power windows. For convenience, the 2003 Chevrolet Astro has air conditioning.

Inside, the 2003 Astro features reading lights in the front and the rear, and the driver and passenger get a vanity mirror each. The dashboard has a clock and a trip computer. It comes with various warning indicators on the driver information panel including a low fuel indicator, and a low engine oil indicator. It has eight speakers supporting an AM/FM radio with stereo.

The storage areas in the vehicle are on the front console, on the door pockets, and on the front seatback. The vehicle has storage in the overhead console in the front. The speed-proportional power steering is on a tilt and adjustable steering wheel. The steering wheel comes with cruise controls on it. The vehicle has cup holders in the front, in the rear and on the third row. The interior dimensions of the 2003 Chevrolet Astro are 39.2 inches headroom, 65 inches hip room, 41.6 inches legroom, and 64 inches shoulder room in the front.

Performance & Handling

The 2003 Chevrolet Astro comes with a powerful, 4.3-liter, V-6 engine. It emits 190-hp at 4400 rpm horsepower, 250 lb-ft at 2800 rpm torque, and has overhead valves (OHV), and 12 valves. This van has a rear drive, four-speed automatic transmission. The suspension system comes with short and long arm front suspension, solid live axle suspension in the rear, and independent suspension in the front. The stopping system comes with four-wheel anti-lock brake systems (ABS) as a standard feature. The braking system has ventilated disc brakes in the front and the rear, and has electronic brake-force distribution system.

Safety

The post-impact fittings of the 2003 Chevrolet Astro include height-adjustable headrests in the front and the rear. These height-adjustable headrests protect seat occupants from neck injury and whiplash in an impact. The third row has integrated headrests. The rear seat comes with child seat anchors and the rear doors come with child safety locks. The front of the 2003 Chevrolet Astro comes with dusk sensing headlamps and daytime running lights. The vehicle has an engine immobilizer as a theft deterrent.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Astro Cargo Van: 17/23 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Astro 2WD: 16/20 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Astro Cargo Van AWD: 15/19 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Astro AWD: 14/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Roomy minivan
  • Towing capabilities
  • Drive Options
  • Convenience features
  • Trim options

You Won't Like

  • Limited safety features

Sum Up

The cargo ferrying capacity of the Chevrolet Astro increases its passenger minivan utility value.

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