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2004 Chevrolet Astro Review

A reliable vehicle for transporting cargo and passengers.

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The 2005 Chevrolet Astro minivan was influenced by the truck side of Chevrolet whereas most other minivans are built on car-like engineering. Therefore, this vehicle is ideal for people who need to tow frequently.

The Range

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

What's New

The 2005 Chevrolet Astro minivan is the same as the 2004 model, except for a new chrome grill offering.


The 2004 Chevrolet Astro minivan is 189.8 inches long and sits atop a 111.2-inch wheelbase. Optional running boards make getting in and out of the van much easier. A sliding door is installed on the passenger side only, and the rear cargo doors swing open to provide easy access to the cargo area. Dutch doors with a swing-up rear window on top and twin swing-out doors are an available option. The Astro still looks a lot like its siblings, the full-size Chevy van, with its workhorse body and styling.


Built to transport passengers and cargo, the 2004 Chevrolet Astro minivan seats eight passengers and provides up to 170 cubic feet of cargo space. Seating consists of two bucket seats in the front and two, three-person rear bench seats. Second row bucket seats are available as an option, but they reduce seating capacity to seven occupants.

The 2004 Chevy Astro has large, 16-inch wheels and tires in either steel or aluminum. There are many interior options available, such as front and rear air-conditioning, a rear heater, an AM/FM/CD/cassette player, and an overhead console, just to name a few.

Performance & Handling

The 2004 Chevrolet Astro is available with either rear drive or all-wheel drive. The Astro is powered by a 4.3-liter, V-6 engine that can generate 190 horsepower at 4400 rpm and 250 lb-ft of torque at 2800 rpm. The V-6 engine is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. Quick and responsive, the Chevrolet Astro's brakes are standard anti-lock four-wheel brakes with Hydroboost, a hydraulic-assisted power brake booster and GM's Dynamic Rear Proportioning.


Because many minivans are purchased primarily with the idea of family in mind, the 2004 Chevrolet Astro minivan is outfitted with many safety features. Among these features are standard driver and front passenger airbags, child security sliding door, battery-rundown protection. There is also a lockout provision that prevents the driver door from locking if the key is left in the ignition.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Astro: 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway

You'll Like

  • Big-van capacity in a minivan package
  • Towing ability
  • Available all-wheel drive

You Won't Like

  • Cramped front foot well space
  • Crash test scores are questionable
  • Early 80s engineering

Sum Up

A reliable vehicle for transporting cargo and passengers.

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