Introduced in 2005, Chevrolet bills the Uplander as a ?crossover sport van.? With seven-passenger seating capacity, a low step-in height and sliding side doors, the Uplander isn’t far removed from the minivans of the past. But its sport utility styling cues attempt to move the Uplander away from the classic ?mom-mobile? image.
A distinctive option for the 2005 Uplander is a new backseat entertainment system known as Mobile Digital media powered by PhatNoize. The system can store hours' worth of media including music, movies, video games, and pictures on a 40-gigabyte removable hard drive.
Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Uplander Cargo, Chevrolet Uplander, Chevrolet Uplander LS, Chevrolet Uplander LT
The Chevrolet Uplander is all new for 2005. Chevrolet calls it a ?crossover sport van,? as it combines the passenger capacity of a minivan with some SUV styling cues.
While in most respects, the 2005 Chevrolet Uplander is all minivan, a number of styling cues give it a hint of an SUV-like look. A long hood and large, chrome-ringed grille with a big Chevy bow tie in front suggest the truck-like styling of an SUV. In profile, wide roof pillars, 17-inch wheels, and wide tires reinforce the sporty look. Gray molding that covers the rocker panels and connects the lower bumper plastic in the front and rear are meant to look like an SUV’s skidplate. Underneath the surface styling cues, the Uplander offers all the advantages of a typical minivan. Low step-in and load lift heights make getting in and out easy for families, and power-operated rear sliding doors offer extra convenience.
The 2005 Chevrolet Uplander is available in four trim levels: Cargo, Base, LS, and LT. The LT trim is further divided into different equipment packages. All models except the LT feature 17-inch steel wheels; meanwhile, the LT’s wheels are alloy. It also gets a body-color door and liftgate handles, while the cargo, base, and LS have black. A roof rack with satin-finished side rails is available as an option. There are also three optional suspension packages: FE3 Sport; FE4 Ride and Handling; and FE5 Ride, Handling, and Performance. Automatic level control is another optional upgrade.
Built on a 121.1-inch wheelbase, the Uplander is 204.7 inches long overall and 69.4 inches tall.
The interior of the 2005 Uplander features quality materials and a clean, straightforward design. The instrument panels are efficient and easy to use, and the dials are sharp and legible with a chrome ring that adds an upscale touch. Additional audio controls are built into the steering wheel. A folding utility table between the front seats has extra cup holders and indents to keep phones and other small items handy. A modular interior roof rail is designed to hold storage bins, DVD screens, and lighting under the headliner, as well as the optional PhatNoize hard-drive. When configured for maximum hauling capacity, the Uplander offers 136 cubic feet of cargo space, twice as much as a typical full-size SUV.
The Uplander Cargo is the most economical option. It comes standard with air-conditioning, power door locks, windows, and mirrors, AM/FM radio with CD player, 12-volt front power outlets, and cloth upholstery. The Uplander Base includes all the features of the Cargo. Its second row seat is a two-place bench, and its third row seat splits 50/50 to increase passenger or cargo flexibility. The LS adds a rear window defroster and wiper, dark-tinted rear glass, remote keyless entry, and power rear vent windows.
The top-of-the-line Uplander LT is the most elaborately equipped with standard power driver's seat, second-row captain's chairs with a folding utility table between them, a power rear sliding door on the passenger side, brushed aluminum roof rails, and a single-screen DVD entertainment system with two infrared headphone sets.
Stand-alone options include all-wheel drive on the Uplander LS and LT, remote starter, second-row captain’s chairs, Cargo Convenience storage bins, XM Satellite radio, traction control, roof rails, and a 3500-pound towing package. Popular options packages include a Premium Seating Package with leather surfaces for the first and second row, a power front passenger seat, front seat heaters, and a Convenience Package with a power sliding rear door on the driver’s side and rear parking assist.
Performance & Handling
A 3.5-liter, V-6 engine powers all models of the 2005 Chevrolet Uplander. This engine produces an estimated 200 horsepower and 220 lb-ft of torque. A four-speed automatic transmission directs the power either to the front wheels or all wheels. The optional Versatrak all-wheel drive can split torque between the left and right wheels as well as between the front and rear ones. With the proper equipment, the Uplander can tow up to 3500 pound. Traction control is optional.
Standard safety features in the Uplander include OnStar with automatic notification when airbags deploy, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, and front airbags. Front side-impact airbags are standard on the LT and optional on other models. GM's StabiliTrak skid-control system is also an option. Unfortunately, the Uplander does not offer side curtain airbags.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Uplander front-wheel drive: 16/23 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Uplander all-wheel drive: 15/21 mpg city/highway
- Smooth ride and handling
- Versatile interior with creative storage spaces
- Available all-wheel drive
You Won't Like
- No side curtain airbags
- Engine lacks refinement and power
Offers the convenience of a traditional minivan with distinctive, SUV-like styling.
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