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1997 Chevrolet Venture Review

A fun ride for the whole family.

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The 1997 Chevrolet Venture is a minivan that improves on older, less successful models like the Lumina. It hopes to make some important changes and revitalize its line of minivans. Offering a standard 3.4-liter, six-cylinder engine sets this minivan in a class by itself in terms of power. The optional traction control is an attractive feature, as well as an available driver’s side sliding door. Targeting families, it is reasonably priced and can accommodate up to seven passengers in its roomy interior with plenty of cargo space. It can also serve as an excellent moving vehicle with the addition of extra cargo space by folding down the second and third row of seats. The LS offers a larger wheel base at 112 or 120 inches, as well as additional standard options including an AM/FM cassette audio system and a remote trunk release.

The Range

Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 3.4-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Venture, Chevrolet Venture LS

What's New

The 1997 Chevrolet Venture introduces several changes, including a new name, a heavy-duty standard engine, optional driver’s side sliding door, and an available traction control.


In addition to the optional driver’s side sliding door, the 1997 Chevrolet Venture offers a choice of a three- or four-door models, and the LS can be equipped with either a 112- or 120-inch wheel base. Tinted windows are a standard feature as well as a rear window wiper.


The 1997 Chevrolet Venture offers a host of standard features including cloth seating for seven passengers, air-conditioning, power door locks, AM/FM radio, and airbags for the driver and front seat passenger. With plenty of cup holders and space for drink boxes, the second and third row of seats can be folded down to make more room for cargo. Available options include privacy glass, and up to two built-in child seats, as well as cassette or CD audio systems.

Performance & Handling

Equipped with a powerful 180 horsepower, V-6 engine, the 1997 Chevrolet Venture can carry up to seven passengers and a significant amount of cargo. Handling is smooth, steering precise, and it comes with an optional traction control.


The 1997 Chevrolet Venture comes with daytime running lights, driver and front passenger airbags, and four-wheel drive anti-lock brake systems (ABS). The International Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) rates it as ""poor"" after performing crash testing.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Venture: 16/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Good fuel economy for its size
  • Spacious interior that seats up to seven passengers
  • Traction control makes for a smoother drive

You Won't Like

  • Modular seats may be uncomfortable for taller passengers
  • Known to have transmission problems
  • Toothed chrome grill considered unstylish

Sum Up

A fun ride for the whole family.

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