The 2003 Chevrolet Venture is a front-drive minivan that was introduced as a replacement for the Lumina APV. It is a low-priced minivan meant for young families and those looking for some bang for their buck. There are plenty of trim lines to choose from when selecting the venture, including two and three row seating models, those that are bare boned, and more heavily-equipped models for those looking to entertain a family on long drives.
Body Style: minivan
Engines: 3.4-liter V-6 engine
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Value, Cargo Van, LS, LT, LT Entertainer, Warner Brothers
The 2003 Chevrolet Venture base van models now have extra color options to choose from for the exterior. A lot of features that were once standard are now optional to make the base price lower than before.
The 2003 Chevrolet Venture has a 112-inch wheelbase on the standard three seat version, while the extended wheelbase models with third row seating measure a 120-inch wheelbase. All models have two sliding doors, one on each side of the vehicle. A power sliding door for the right-hand side is available on the LT and Warner Brothers model. The LS model can add power sliding doors as an optional feature. The forward drive models receive 15-inch wheels.
The 2003 Chevrolet Venture has standard seating for seven passengers. The LS model has an option for eight passengers as well. The standard seating has a second-row split seat for two passengers and a three-passenger split third-row seat. Both seats are bench models. Flat-folding captain seating with cup holders are available for the second row, and bucket seats are available for the second and third row as well. All seating except the optional bucket seats can be removed for extra storage space. Regular length models have 126.6 cubic feet of cargo space while the extended models have 140.7 cubic feet. Although much of the interior feels comfortable and well built, there is a lot of cheap interior plastic. Although you might expect this from a cheap and cheerful vehicle, it still feels a bit too cheap for comfort.
Performance & Handling
The 2003 Chevrolet Venture comes equipped with a 3.4-liter, V-6 engine that produces 185 horsepower. It is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission, the same used on all other GM minivans from this period. A sport-tuned suspension comes standard on the LT models and comes optional on the LS and Warner Brothers Edition. It has a car-like feel to its drive quality, which is very pleasing. Drivers will feel very confident in turns, and it handles well on the freeway, passing smoothly. Curves, even with the sport-tuned suspension, feel a bit scary and incompetent. The engine quality is also quite harsh when pushed on the freeway. Gear changes are smooth, but it struggles at times, putting it behind other minivans in its class in terms of ride quality.
The 2003 Chevrolet Venture has a somewhat mixed safety rating. It comes with standard anti-lock brakes. The LS, LT, and Warner Brothers edition are the only ones that come with standard side-impact airbags. A rear-parking assist function is available that warns when you are coming close to an object while in reverse. Seat anchors also come standard. Dusk sensing headlamps, electronic brake force distribution, and front integrated headrests are also standard. However, even with these features, impact tests from the government and independent bodies give confusing results. The NHTSA gives it four out of five stars for all crash tests except for roll over. However, the IIHS gives a rating of ""poor,"" its worst, for frontal offset crash tests.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Venture: 17/24 mpg city/highway
- Car-like handling
- Power sliding doors
- Plenty of entertainment
- Lots of seating
You Won't Like
- Bad seats
- Interior quality of materials and make
- Rough engine
- Crash test results
A quality family vehicle, even with its faults.
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