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1997 Chevrolet G3500

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1997 Chevrolet G3500 Review

A powerful van with lots of power.

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The 1997 G3500 is the most powerful van offered by Chevrolet. The larger engine makes it more powerful than the similarly designed G1500 and G2500 vans. It is available as a cargo or passenger van. The massive interior can potentially seat up to 12 passengers. It is primarily designed as a commercial vehicle. As a result, drivers coming from consumer vehicles might find the handling and performance very weak. Considering the sheer size and power, the handling, while not amazing, does get the job done without too much trouble. Most consumers are probably going to pass, but commercial drivers are likely to get far more use from it.

The Range

Body Styles: van
Engines: 5.7-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed manual, five-speed manual
Models: Chevrolet G3500, Chevrolet G3500 LS

What's New

The 1997 Chevrolet G3500 now comes equipped with dual-front airbags. The automatic transmission shifts more easily.


The 1997 Chevrolet G3500 is a huge van, measuring in at 218.7 inches long, 79.2 inches wide, and 83.3 inches tall. While it does mostly share the generic look most full-size vans have, especially when painted white, it is a bit better styled than much of the competition. It is a subtle difference, but it is there. It includes a full-size steel rim and an under-body spare wheel. Daytime running lights, tinted glass, and conventional lens halogen bulb single headlights are standard equipment. A camper towing package and chrome bumpers are available as optional equipment.


The main purpose of the 1997 Chevrolet G3500 is the massive amount of interior space it has. In the cargo version, the interior space is almost left completely empty. The passenger version has the option of seating for five, eight, or 12 passengers. However, the actual amenities list is quite sparse, with only an AM/FM radio as standard equipment. Optional equipment include air-conditioning, power heated mirrors, power windows, power locks, rear heater, dual-zone air-conditioning, cruise control, and a cassette player.

Performance & Handling

The 1997 Chevrolet G3500 provides adequate performance, but it does handle like a commercial vehicle. The 5.7-liter, eight-cylinder engine provides decent acceleration but nothing too amazing. It offers 250 hp at 4600 rpm and 330 lb-ft torque and has a multi-point injection fuel system. It does not turn very quickly, but that is hardly surprising in a vehicle this size. Overall, it's good for hauling cargo or lots of people and not good for taking corners on back roads.


The 1997 Chevrolet G3500 has dual front airbags and four-wheel anti-lock brakes as standard equipment on both models. There are no additional safety features, such as side airbags, available, even as optional features.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet G3500: 13/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Massive interior
  • Cargo or passenger variants
  • Numerous passenger number options

You Won't Like

  • Low gas mileage

Sum Up

A powerful van with lots of power.

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