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2005 Chevrolet Astro Review

A great work vehicle, but not the safest family minivan.

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Overview

The 2005 Chevrolet Astro comes in a passenger and cargo model. Owners often install personal features to make the vehicle more useful for specific purposes, such as travelling or carrying disabled passengers.

Chevrolet introduced the Astro in 1985 to compete with Chrysler minivans. A truck-based van, the Astro marks the first minivan produced by Chevrolet. This full-size van offers a variety of configurations, powertrain choices, and optional features. Drivers and passengers enjoy using their Astros for driving around town and going on vacation. Moreover, the various options and sub-models available offer something for everyone. Today, the Astro remains one of the most popular and well-renowned choices in the cargo van class.

The Range

Body Styles: Full-size passenger van, Full-size cargo van
Engines: 4.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Astro

What's New

The Chevrolet Astro shows no significant changes for 2005.

Exterior

The 2005 Chevrolet Astro measures 189.8 inches long. The wheelbase measures 111.2 inches long. An option of running boards makes for easier entry and exit.

Standard features include a sliding door on the passenger side and rear cargo doors that swing open. Optional choices include Dutch doors, which have a swing-up rear window on the top and double swing-out doors on the bottom. The Dutch door option includes a rear defogger.

Interior

The 2005 Chevrolet Astro does not come generously loaded with comfort or convenience features, but standard interior features include cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, and power windows, locks, and mirrors. The minivan has one trim level, with two optional packages to choose from: LS trim and the LT trim.

One of the biggest 2005 Chevrolet Astro attractions remains the eight-passenger capacity, consisting of two front bucket seats and two rows of bench seats that each has room for three passengers. An optional LT package has two second-row bucket seats instead of the standard bench seats. Additionally, the LS package offers the option of leather seats. In the cargo model, you can remove the second and third bench seats leaving a cargo space of 170.4 cubic feet.

Performance & Handling

The 2005 Chevrolet Astro feels and drives like a scaled down express van rather than an enlarged minivan.

The Astro comes in a choice of either rear drive or all-wheel drive. The minivan model with the rear drive tows up to 5400 pounds and the cargo model tows up to 5700 pounds. The four-speed automatic transmission has a haul/tow mode that changes the shift pattern when carrying a heavy load.

The optional all-wheel drive sends full power to the back wheels in normal driving conditions, but if the wheels begin to slip, the system delivers power to the front wheels until the wheels regain traction.

Safety

The 2005 Chevrolet Astro does not offer a large list of safety features, but includes standard features such as anti-lock disc brakes, electronic brake force distribution, front and rear ventilated disc brakes, daytime running lights, auto delay headlights, dusk-sensing headlights, an engine immobilizer, and rear door child safety locks.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash test ratings award the 2005 Chevrolet Astro four out of five stars for passenger protection, three stars for driver protection, and five stars in side-impact tests for both front and rear passenger protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the 2005 Chevrolet Astro a ""poor"" rating in frontal offset and rear crash protection.

EPA Fuel Economy

Astro RWD: 14/20 mpg city/highway
Astro AWD: 12/16 mpg city/highway
Astro Cargo: 15/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Large capacity
  • All-wheel drive option
  • High towing capacity

You Won't Like

  • Still has engineering from the 1980s
  • Below par safety ratings
  • Cramped foot room in the front
  • Outdated design and styling

Sum Up

A great work vehicle, but not the safest family minivan.

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