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2002 Chevrolet Venture Review

Continual improvement holds up regardless of age.

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Overview

Related to the Pontiac Montana and the Oldsmobile Silhouette, the Lumina APV has a new name: Venture. The 2002 Chevrolet Venture continues incorporating improvements, which show up every year. The Venture even marks the first vehicle made by Chevrolet to offer DVD technology.

The 2002 Chevrolet Venture now offers two separate wheelbase lengths. Versatrak all-wheel drive provides an option on the LT extended-length model, along with the fully independent suspension in the rear, all-disc brakes, and 16-inch wheels. Tethers for the LATCH system included for child safety come standard on the 2002 Chevrolet Venture. Additionally, an external mast replaces the old glass-mounted antenna.

The biggest difference between the three similar minivans concerns the styling, even though the structure remains primarily the same. The 2002 Chevrolet Venture has its own unique design with the DVD video system. GM offers the value-oriented minivans at an affordable price. The Chevrolet Venture minivan surely deserves a test drive to experience the features before purchasing.

The Range

Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 3.4-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Venture Value, Chevrolet Venture Plus, Chevrolet Venture Base, Chevrolet Venture LS, Chevrolet Venture LT, Chevrolet Venture Warner Brothers

What's New

The popular Venture Warner Bros. Edition marks the first of the minivans to include the DVD video player as standard equipment. Both LT and WB have an optional AWD package. The two brand-new color choices and the child seat anchors called LATCH come standard in the 2002 Chevrolet Venture.

Exterior

Fifteen-inch wheels come on all six trims, along with a chrome grille, privacy glass, intermittent wipers, and a rear liftgate door. The Value Van Plus gains tinted windows, while the LS trim features aluminum wheels and more options. The LT adds reverse parking aid. The Warner Bros. Edition adds mainly interior features.

All of the 2002 Chevrolet Ventures have dual-sliding side doors. Chevrolet offers power operation for these doors. The wheelbase measures 112 inches for the regular-length model and 120 inches on the extended-length.

Interior

The Venture’s seating feels comfortable and accommodating for up to seven passengers, but extended-length version seats eight. The flat-fold seating increases cargo capacity. The 2002 Chevrolet Venture carries about 126 cubic feet, or 140 cubic feet, of luggage with the seats folded flat.

The Value Van features air-conditioning, bench seating, an AM/FM stereo system, a tilt steering wheel, and heat ducts for the rear seat. The base Venture adds a cassette player, power windows, and cruise control. The Value Van Plus has remote keyless entry, and the LS upgrades to a CD player audio system. The LT adds captain’s chairs in the second row, rear audio controls, traction control, air-conditioning, and a power driver’s seat. The top-level Warner Bros. Edition comes with all leather accessories, child seat integration, modular bucket seating, and the all-new visual entertainment system that has a seven-inch, flip-down video screen.

Performance & Handling

The Ventura’s prompt gear changes and light-touch steering permit excellent diving and handling. The performance and ride quality please many, while the acceleration allows merges and passing that ranks at the top of the minivan class. The GM powertrain proves competent. The 2002 Chevrolet Venture comes fitted with a 3.4-liter V-6 that generates 185 horsepower with 210 lb-ft torque sending the power towards the front wheels via an automatic four-speed transmission. The entire minivan group utilizes this powertrain. A touring suspension with traction control comes standard on the LT and optionally on the Warner Bros. Edition and LS.

Safety

The 2002 Chevrolet Venture comes with excellent safety features that include side-impact airbags, OnStar, and anti-lock brakes. The options include traction control and the audible warning of the rear parking assist system that alerts the driver of obstacles while reversing.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Venture Value: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Venture Plus: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Venture Base: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Venture LS: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Venture LT: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Venture Warner Brothers: 17/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Carlike handling and ride
  • Eight-passenger seating option
  • Power sliding doors
  • DVD entertainment system

You Won't Like

  • Lacks styling refinement
  • Modular seats a little flimsy
  • Coarse engine character

Sum Up

Continual improvement holds up regardless of age.

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