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2005 Chevrolet Venture Review
A solid, no-nonsense minivan loaded with value.
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The Chevrolet Venture dates back to the introduction of the Lumina APV in 1990. The Chevrolet version has consistently been the low-priced, value-oriented option in General motors’ front-wheel-drive minivan lineup. As part of a redesign in 1997, it was renamed the Venture.
2005 is the final model year for the Venture since it was set to be replaced by the Chevrolet Uplander. The Venture offers Cargo Van, Plus, LS, and LT models. All have a 3.4-liter V-6, four-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. Traction control is optional for the LS, standard on the LT. Front side airbags and anti-lock brakes are optional for the Plus model and standard on the higher trims, but head-protecting curtain side airbags aren't offered. Power right- and left-side sliding doors are available for LS and LT.
Engines: 3.4-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Venture Cargo Van, Chevrolet Venture Plus, Chevrolet Venture LS, Chevrolet Venture LT Entertainer
Chevrolet has eliminated the regular wheelbase and all-wheel-drive versions of the Venture. The 2005 Chevrolet Venture is only available in extended-length and front-wheel-drive models. The LS Sport Touring Package is new for 2005 and features a touring suspension, automatic level control, an onboard inflator kit, and 16-inch chrome-plated aluminum wheels.
The 2005 Chevrolet Venture rides on a 120-inch wheelbase and features an extended overall length of 200.9 inches. All Venture models have dual sliding side doors. A powered right-side door is standard on the LT edition and optional on the LS model. A powered driver’s side sliding door is also available as an option. The Venture comes standard with 15-inch steel or cast-aluminum wheels with 16-inch chrome-plated wheels available as an optional upgrade. A sport suspension is standard on the LT and optional on the LS.
The standard Chevrolet Venture seats seven with an optional eight-passenger layout available for the LS and LT. A two-passenger split-folding bench seat in the second row and a three-passenger split bench in the third row are standard. Dual captain’s chairs or triple bucket seats for the second row are optional. Also available are rear-obstacle warning, GM's OnStar assistance, and for LS and LT models, satellite radio and a CD/MP3 player. Rear DVD entertainment is included on the LT and available as an option for the LS. The cargo bay behind the third-row seats offers 31.5 cubic feet of storage space. All seats except the front-row bucket seats can be removed, offering a maximum of 140.7 cubic feet of space. Ventures can be equipped with Mobility packages for disabled occupants that include a dealer-installed Sit-N-Lift power seat.
Standard interior equipment on the Plus model includes just the basics: front air conditioning; power steering; tilt-adjustable steering wheel; cruise control; cloth upholstery; power windows, mirrors and door locks; and an AM/FM radio. The LS adds heated power mirrors, power rear quarter windows, a CD player, and rear privacy glass. The LT is the most elaborately equipped with rear air-conditioning with rear controls, a six-way power driver’s seat, a power-sliding passenger side door rear door, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with built-in radio controls, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, and a trip computer.
Performance & Handling
All models of the 2005 Chevrolet Venture are powered by a 3.4-liter V-6 that sends 185 horsepower to the front wheels via a four-speed-automatic transmission. The Venture offers a smooth, pleasing ride with decent acceleration and engine power. Passing and merging on the highway is easy. The powertrain delivers smooth and prompt gear changes, and the steering is light and responsive. However, the Venture feels a bit less stable in curves than one might want.
The Venture LS and LT come standard with anti-lock brakes; these are optional on the Plus minivan. Other optional safety equipment includes side-impact airbags and a rear parking-assist function that emits a warning sound if it senses an obstacle in the rear of the vehicle. LATCH child-safety tethers are standard on all models. In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) testing, the 2005 Chevrolet Venture has mixed results. In frontal-impact tests, the Venture rates four out of five stars for both driver and passenger protection. The Venture achieved five stars for driver protection in side-impact tests, but only four stars for rear passenger protection.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Carlike ride and handling
- Eight-passenger seating option
- Power-sliding doors
- Available DVD entertainment system
You Won't Like
- Poor interior fit and finish
- No side curtain airbags
- Uncomfortable rear seats
- Poor fuel economy
A solid, no-nonsense minivan loaded with value.
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