The 1998 Chevrolet Venture is a minivan manufactured by General Motors and sold under the Chevrolet marque. The vehicle was introduced just last year as a replacement for the aging and unpopular Lumina.
Body Styles: three/four-door minivan
Engines: 3.4-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Venture, Chevrolet Venture LS
In its second year of production, the 1998 Chevrolet Venture became the first minivan ever to be fitted with side-impact airbags. A cargo van edition was also introduced this model year, as were a wider variety of dual-door models.
All models of the Venture now come equipped with power rear doors, and the regular-wheelbase models of the Venture are available with an optional power-sliding door. The front airbags were replaced with second-generation versions that deploy with less force.
The 1998 Chevrolet Venture shares its basic shape with the Lumina, but it is clearly more conservatively styled than the radically-designed and widely-criticized Lumina. This particular minivan looks more like a conventional family-hauler.
The Venture is available in two wheelbases: the base model has a wheelbase of 112 inches, while the LS model has a wheelbase of 120 inches. Both models are also available in a three-door or four-door body style, along with an optional driver’s side sliding door.
The short-wheelbase model of the 1998 Chevrolet Venture has a length of 186.9 inches and height of 67.4 inches, while the long-wheelbase version has a length of 200.9 inches and height of 68.1 inches.
The 1998 Chevrolet Venture has a very well-designed interior. The available space inside the minivan has been used to its maximum extent. The split-bench rear seats are also flexible, as per the modular seating concept.
The Venture also gets a number of interior features for added value. Cup and drink box holders are set up across the cabin, and seating arrangements can be changed easily with the modular buckets. Each bucket weighs around 38 pounds, and they are easy to remove, rearrange, and install.
Despite their benefits, the modular buckets may be a little uncomfortable for adults. The front bucket seats are much more comfortable for the adult passengers in the minivan.
The 1998 Chevrolet Venture can be fitted with optional rear seat audio controls that let rear passengers listen to their own music via headphones as the front passengers listen to the front radio.
Performance & Handling
The 1998 Chevrolet Venture is available with just one engine choice: a 3.4-liter, V-6 engine that delivers 180 horsepower (hp) mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. No manual transmission is available.
Despite the lack of options under the hood, the Venture feels sportier than its competitors. The engine works sufficiently well, delivering just enough power to perform the duties expected from a minivan like the Venture – nothing more and nothing less. This may be a disadvantage, considering that some competing brands offer optional, higher-power engines.
The automatic transmission has its quirks, but it keeps the number of unneeded gear changes to a minimum. The transmission also times its downshifts perfectly to deliver power bursts for quick passing and merging in traffic. Fuel economy is just about average for this vehicle class.
The NHTSA awarded the Chevrolet Venture four out of five stars in frontal-impact collision safety tests, and five stars in side-impact collision safety tests. It should be noted that the 1998 Chevrolet Venture added more safety features in the 1998 model year, making it a more viable option than some of the competition.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Venture, 3.4-liter V-6, automatic transmission: 18/25 mpg city/highway
- Stable ride
- Spacious interior
- Lots of features
- Good automatic shift
You Won't Like
- Uncomfortable module seats for adults
An all-out family hauler.
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