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1996 Chevrolet G30 Review

Reached the end of its line.

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The 1996 Chevrolet G30 is a commercial truck that is a part of the G-Series vans manufactured by General Motors. It's the same the GMC G30 and is part of the same class as the Dodge Ram Van and Ford Econoline series. The Chevrolet G-Series has been in production since 1961; it was first based on the Corvair platform. The 1996 model belongs to the third generation, which began in 1971 with a major redesign. This new generation introduced a unibody construction and strong truck style brake hubs.

The Range

Body Styles: cargo van, passenger van
Engines: 5.7-liter V-8, 4.7-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet G30, Chevrolet G30 Classic, Chevrolet G30 Classic Special

What's New

The 1996 Chevrolet G30 remains the same from the last model year, and this is expected to be the last model year for the van. However, the cargo van is redesigned for this model year and fitted with newer and more powerful Vortec engines. The new exterior is fitted with wide-opening cargo doors at the rear, along with hidden hinges that make it easier to put large objects inside.


The 1996 Chevrolet G30 has a unibody construction with side moldings. The front and rear are fitted with chrome bumpers, and driver and passenger door mirrors are externally adjustable. Overall length is 5718 mm, while overall width is 2019 mm, and overall height is 2090 mm. Wheelbase is 3708 mm. The van uses halogen bulbs for headlights with tinted glass.


The 1996 Chevrolet G30 is fitted with an AM/FM stereo audio system, digital clock, cup holders, and floor full console along with a covered storage box. Front headroom is 1036 mm, while legroom is 1003 mm and shoulder room is 1748 mm. At the rear, headroom is 1039 mm, legroom is 945 mm, and shoulder room is 1613 mm. The van uses vinyl upholstery for its seats as standard.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Chevrolet G30 uses different 5.7-liter, V-8 engines with power outputs ranging from 160 horsepower to 290 horsepower. The standard engine is a 5.7-liter V-6 that delivers 165 horsepower. The V-6 offers decent acceleration, although the higher-rated V-8 engines are better suited for heavy loads. The suspension system of the van uses leaf springs for the rear and wishbone suspension with stabilizer bar for the front.


The 1996 Chevrolet G30 comes with standard safety features like halogen headlights, tinted glass, anti-lock brakes, and dual airbags. There is no information available on the crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet G30: 16/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Lots of engine options
  • Reliable performance
  • Heavy hauling capabilities

You Won't Like

  • Outdated design
  • Poor interior quality

Sum Up

Reached the end of its line.

If You Like This Vehicle

  • GMC G30
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