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1999 Chevrolet Venture

  • 1999 Chevrolet Venture Base Extended Passenger Minivan

    Base Extended Passenger Minivan

    • MAX MPG
      25
    • SEATS
      7
    • HP/TORQUE
      185/210
    • ENGINE
      3.4L V6
    • MSRP
      $23,195
  • 1999 Chevrolet Venture Base Passenger Minivan

    Base Passenger Minivan

    • MAX MPG
      25
    • SEATS
      7
    • HP/TORQUE
      185/210
    • ENGINE
      3.4L V6
    • MSRP
      $23,195
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1999 Chevrolet Venture Review

A useful and capable minivan.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 1999 Chevrolet Venture is a highly versatile minivan that was developed in collaboration with Opel, one of GM’s European subsidiaries. Now in its third year of production, the Venture consistently outsold its underwhelming predecessor, the Chevy Lumina. It also earned high marks from the automotive press and is a favorite of the public, no small feat in the highly competitive minivan market segment. The 1999 Venture is available in three trim levels: Base, LS, and the brand new LT. Three- and four-door versions are available with a 112-inch wheelbase while a 120-inch wheelbase is exclusively available for four-door models. The standard engine for all versions of the 1999 Venture is a 3.4-liter V-6 that’s rated at 185 horsepower and pulls 210 lb-ft of torque.

Drivability is one key aspect of the Venture’s appeal. The 1999 model boasts sharp steering, a communicative chassis, and handling one would be tempted to describe as nimble. Not bad for a vehicle that can accommodate up to eight passengers as well as a substantial amount of their luggage. The Venture’s capable V-6 is paired with GM’s 4T65-E four-speed transmission. Fully electronically controlled and equipped with overdrive, the 4T65-E provides seamless shifting that aligns nicely with engine performance to help further facilitate a smooth ride and a pleasant driving experience. Taxi Van and Cargo Van models of the 1999 Venture are also both available.

The Range

Body styles: minivan
Engines: 3.4-liter V-6
Transmission: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Venture, Chevrolet Venture LS, Chevrolet Venture LT

What's New

For 1999, Chevrolet adds additional performance and safety features to the Venture minivan. Several new seating configurations are also made available, as are new exterior and interior color choices. The Venture now comes with wider standard tires, and the new LT trim model includes an improved sound system, a touring suspension, traction control, as well as captain’s seats, and available leather interior.

Additional upgrades include the addition of a rear window defogger, heated outside rearview mirrors, and a charcoal air filter as part of the cabin ventilation system. Four new metallic paint options are added with two leather interior color options. The dual-mode audio unit, a feature that allows passengers in the rear to enjoy listening to CD on their headphones while front passengers listen to the radio, is carried over from previous year models. The Venture also retains its load-leveling suspension and auxiliary air hose from the previous year model. Opting for the new line-topping LT model sees the addition of a number of high end features including custom leather seats, an improved audio system, rear controls for both the stereo and the air-conditioning, a touring suspension, and traction control.

Exterior

With its conservative sheet metal body, contrasting with an awkward toothy-looking chrome grille, the 1999 Venture’s looks may not be its strongest suit. Standard exterior features for the 1999 Venture include body-colored bumpers, rear step bumpers, black bodyside moldings, chrome grille moldings, monotone paint, and dual power remote heated exterior mirrors.

Interior

The interior of the 1999 Chevrolet Venture is spacious and comfortable. It's possible to configure the seating in a number of ways. The Venture minivan features two bucket seats up front, a second row bench that’s split 60/40, and a third row bench that’s split 50/50. There is also a new optional eight-seat setup. All in all, the 1999 Venture can be configured to handle a total of 32 different combinations of passengers and cargo. It can also be fitted with up to 17 cup and drink holders and as many as 26 storage compartments.

Performance & Handling

Performance and handling are two areas where the 1999 Chevrolet Venture delivers above and beyond the call of duty for a practical minivan. The Venture’s V-6 engine provides more than adequate power, and its suspension and steering systems make for handling and steering capabilities that perhaps outshine any other model in the minivan class.

Safety

Standard safety features for the 1999 Chevrolet Venture include side-impact airbags for drivers and front passengers, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, daytime running lights, and ignition immobilizers, as well as available panic alarms and security systems.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Venture: 16/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Standard ABS and side airbags
  • Option for traction control
  • Optional child safety seats
  • Available power sliding right side door
  • Powerful V-6

You Won't Like

  • Rear seats are too close to the floor
  • Awkward-looking, toothy chrome grille

Sum Up

A useful and capable minivan.

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