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1997 Chevrolet G2500

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1997 Chevrolet G2500 Review

A dependable work or family van.

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The 1997 Chevrolet G2500 comes in four trim levels, two engine choices, and one transmission choice. The Cargo Vans seat two occupants and come standard with the 4.3-liter V-6 engine. The Express models seat up to eight occupants and come standard with the 5.7-liter V-8.

The Range

Body Styles: van
Engines: 4.3-liter V-6, 5.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet G2500 Cargo Van, Chevrolet G2500 Extended Cargo Van, Chevrolet G2500 Express Performance Van, Chevrolet G2500 Express Passenger Van

What's New

This line of vans received its first major redesign in 1996. It shows no real changes for the 1997 model year, aside from a few new exterior color choices.


The exterior of the 1997 Chevrolet G2500 sports gloss paint and metallic paint. The body side molding comes in black or grey and with black front and rear bumpers. The tinted glass reflects heat and a fixed antenna sits outside the van. Rear cargo doors come standard on all models, as do a rear step and a full-size spare wheel.

The Express includes driver and passenger third- and fourth-row fixed windows as standard features as well.


This van comes with many storage and convenience features. Storage features include a dashboard partial console with a covered storage box, door pockets/bins for the driver and passenger seats, and an illuminated glove compartment with a lid.

Convenience features in the 1997 Chevrolet G2500 include a front ashtray, a front cigar lighter, a stereo Delco audio system with an AM/FM radio, a digital clock, front cup holders, and a cargo area light. Other standard features include three-point height-adjustable seat belts, bucket seats, vinyl seat upholstery, front head restraints, a ventilation system with four fan speeds, a plastic steering wheel, and fade courtesy lights.

The Cargo Van comes with two speakers for the audio system, while the Express includes four speakers. Additional standard features for the Express include air-conditioning and three-point rear seat belts on the driver and passenger sides and a lap belt in the center. A third-row bench seat also comes standard.

Performance & Handling

The 1997 Chevrolet G2500 uses an independent front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs. In the rear, it has a beam suspension, which uses leaf springs. The G2500 also utilizes speed-proportional power steering.

The 4.3-liter V-6, which comes standard on the Cargo Van, produces 200 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. The 5.7-liter V-8, which comes standard for the Express, produces 250 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque.


The 1997 Chevrolet G2500 includes anti-lock brakes, driver and passenger front airbags, daytime running lights, halogen bulb headlights, and intermittent windshield wipers as its standard safety features.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet G2500 Cargo Van: 14/17 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet G2500 Extended Cargo Van: 14/17 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet G2500 Express Performance Van: 12/17 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet G2500 Express Passenger Van: 12/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Engine choices
  • Airbags
  • Seating capacity in Express

You Won't Like

  • Air-conditioning not standard on all models
  • Standard audio system

Sum Up

A dependable work or family van.

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