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2001 Chevrolet Venture Review
Solid performance at a solid price.
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Wedged between the Chrysler Town & Country and the Dodge Grand Caravan, the 2001 Chevrolet Venture falls into one of the tougher segments of the automobile market. The Chevrolet Venture suffers from anonymity more than anything else. The Venture offers similar options, performance, and amenities at a comparable price to its competition. However, without any sort of break-out feature to call attention to itself, the Venture often gets buried in the background. People often fail to look at this competitive minivan when shopping around.
One distinguishing feature of the Chevrolet Venture concerns its emphasis on rear-passenger comfort and entertainment. Most notably, the higher-end models add features such as a VCR, a video monitor, and a separate rear audio system as standard equipment. These features remain uncommon in the competition. The Chevrolet Venture keeps in mind that the driver does not necessarily have the same interests as children in the back seat. These features alone could be enough to sell the Chevrolet Venture to some parents.
Engines: 3.4-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Venture Value, Chevrolet Venture Plus, Chevrolet Venture LS, Chevrolet Venture LT, Chevrolet Venture Warner Bros.
The 2001 Chevrolet Venture receives an updated exterior look. OnStar comes as standard equipment in all models, except the Venture Value. A fold-down captain’s chair and a six-disc CD changer provide new optional equipment as well.
Measuring in at 200.9 inches long, the 2001 Chevrolet Venture represents a fairly large minivan. It competes directly with the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country in terms of interior size. The 2001 Chevrolet Venture’s styling seems a little more utilitarian and block-shaped than its competition, but it still looks fairly attractive despite this. Steel wheels come standard. Alloy wheels and a roof rack are also available.
The 2001 Chevrolet Venture offers a spacious interior that gives passengers a good amount of room. With the right seating options, it accommodates up to eight passengers. Standard amenities for the base model include an AM/FM radio and air-conditioning. The higher-end Venture models offer power leather seats, cruise control, air filtration, a CD player, a VCR, a video monitor, separate rear audio, a trip computer, power heated mirrors, power locks, and power windows as standard features.
Performance & Handling
The 2001 Chevrolet Venture’s performance seems almost carlike, which appeals to many consumers. Unlike a lot of minivan lines, the Venture offers no four-cylinder option. Therefore, all of the Venture models offer good acceleration and power. In addition, the Chevrolet Venture turns very well for a vehicle its size. Drivers coming from smaller vehicles, even sedans and coupes, won’t feel much difference handling the Chevrolet Venture than a smaller vehicle.
The 2001 Chevrolet Venture offers good overall safety performance and a large range of built-in equipment. It includes dual front airbags, side curtain airbags, child safety seat anchors, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and electronic brake force distribution as standard equipment on all models. Traction control remains available as an optional feature.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Solid value
- Good performance
- Seats up to eight passengers
You Won't Like
- Difficult to distinguish from other vans
Solid performance at a solid price.
If You Like This Vehicle
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