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Chevrolet Astro

The Chevrolet is a minivan that was introduced in The Astro intended to compete with the Dodge Caravan and Voyager minivans that both rampantly popular at the However, despite its minivan the Astro shared a platform the GMC Safari.

It also had a lot more in with the full-size vans were still commonly at the time than it did with minivans. This was largely due to the making use of components utilized by a of GM’s other light The Astro enjoyed a 20-year run without a major redesign it was ultimately discontinued in 2005.

the Chevrolet Astro

Despite its minivan classification, the resembled a full-size van and had many capabilities. Something of a workhorse, the was perhaps better suited for and hauling than it was for dropping the off at the curb at school. The Astro the same rugged body-on-frame and rear wheel drive were common on full-size vans and trucks.

Despite the rugged capability, its old school van put it somewhat out of step with minivans. For starters, the engine was very close to the passenger This resulted in high of cabin noise and somewhat conditions.

The Astro’s height made entering and exiting of a challenge for small children to pile in or out of its single sliding

But in spite of its design shortcomings as a the Astro offered drivers a ride and decent handling. a suspension that was more than car-like, the Astro handled the road well. its truck-like build did make the something of a gas-guzzler.

While the could be regarded as a functional for its ability to accommodate eight and a considerable amount of cargo, its build makes it far less and more cumbersome than car-based minivans from the year.

Chevrolet introduced safety innovations to the Astro the years including driver and airbags. Yet, despite improvements, the Astro never particularly high marks for In 1996, the Insurance Institute for Safety gave the Astro a rating.

Chevrolet Astro Features

made the last Astro in 2005. A 4.3-liter V-6 engine with a four-speed automatic powered the 2005 model. The was capable of producing 190 horsepower and 250 of torque. It also featured drive (AWD).

In terms of economy, the 2005 Astro was of 14/20 mpg city/highway.

Like all produced after 1993, the model featured 16-inch It also featured most of the that were standard for the during its lifespan. These power steering, cloth air conditioning, power accessories, control, and an AM/FM stereo.

Additional options included seats, second-row bucket rear air conditioning, locking differential, and upgraded stereo The 2005 Astro also rear disc brakes were made standard in

Chevrolet Astro Evolution

The Astro remarkably made it its entire two-decade run of production a major redesign. Although models were available as rear-wheel drive, Chevrolet an AWD option in 1990. The 1980s also had less seating it only accommodated five in two rows of seating.

An extended was introduced in 1990 that be outfitted with a third row of increasing the van’s passenger to eight. During the final 10 of the Astro’s production Chevrolet sold the extended version.

The year of 1990 also saw the of four-wheel antilock brake that were made an all Astros for the remainder of its run of production. produced between 1985 and featured 15-inch wheels, from 1993 onwards, wheels were made 1993 was also when the of a driver-side front airbag was for the first time.

In 1996, began fitting dual airbags into all Astros. significantly improved the Astro’s

The Astro was given a design in 1995, providing the interior and with a look that was more modern and stylish. In of the van’s exterior, this consisted of giving the Astro an nose. It was also at this that the shorter length option was dropped. The interior brought about an improved with controls that easier to use as well as the introduction of airbags.

In 1997, speed-sensitive power was added. Chevy also steps to improve the van’s economy over the years. One step was the introduction of an AWD system in that only sent to the front wheels when the wheels began to slip.

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