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2001 Chevrolet Astro

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Passenger Van
2-8 Seats
17-19 MPG
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Vehicle Overview
Following Chrysler’s 1984 debut of its front-drive minivans, Chevrolet introduced its truck-based midsize van a year later. Slotted between the Venture minivan and the full-size Express van/wagon, the Astro comes with either rear-drive or all-wheel drive. The GMC Safari is nearly identical, but the Astro outsells it by a wide margin; but sales have dipped lately, from 104,427 in 1999 to just 92,585 during 2000.

Not much is new for 2001 apart from a high-output, 105-amp alternator that’s able to handle laptop computers, cell phones or even a TV at the cargo area for tailgate parties. A new powertrain control module is supposed to boost engine performance, and two new body colors are available. The Astro comes in LS and LT trim levels, either for passenger use or as a two-seat Cargo Van for commercial use.



Exterior
Marketed in one body length, Astros ride a 111.2-inch wheelbase and measure 189.8 inches long overall. This minivan used to fit between the top-selling Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan in size, but things have changed since the 2001 redesigns from Dodge were made. Today’s regular-length Caravan is nearly as long as the Astro, while the Grand Caravan measures 11 inches longer. But at just under 75 inches high, the Astro is 6 inches taller than the Caravan. Running boards are available to help easy entry and exit.

A sliding door is installed only on the passenger side, with standard swing-open rear cargo doors. “Dutch” doors, which ...
Vehicle Overview
Following Chrysler’s 1984 debut of its front-drive minivans, Chevrolet introduced its truck-based midsize van a year later. Slotted between the Venture minivan and the full-size Express van/wagon, the Astro comes with either rear-drive or all-wheel drive. The GMC Safari is nearly identical, but the Astro outsells it by a wide margin; but sales have dipped lately, from 104,427 in 1999 to just 92,585 during 2000.

Not much is new for 2001 apart from a high-output, 105-amp alternator that’s able to handle laptop computers, cell phones or even a TV at the cargo area for tailgate parties. A new powertrain control module is supposed to boost engine performance, and two new body colors are available. The Astro comes in LS and LT trim levels, either for passenger use or as a two-seat Cargo Van for commercial use.



Exterior
Marketed in one body length, Astros ride a 111.2-inch wheelbase and measure 189.8 inches long overall. This minivan used to fit between the top-selling Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan in size, but things have changed since the 2001 redesigns from Dodge were made. Today’s regular-length Caravan is nearly as long as the Astro, while the Grand Caravan measures 11 inches longer. But at just under 75 inches high, the Astro is 6 inches taller than the Caravan. Running boards are available to help easy entry and exit.

A sliding door is installed only on the passenger side, with standard swing-open rear cargo doors. “Dutch” doors, which are standard on the LT and optional on the LS, consist of a swing-up rear window on top and twin swing-out doors below. A rear defogger is included with the Dutch setup.



Interior
Standard equipment includes a tilt-steering wheel, cruise control, a trip computer, remote keyless entry, and power windows, locks and mirrors. Most Astros are sold in the LS trim, with chrome-clad steel wheels, an overhead roof console and remote keyless entry. A CD player is standard in the LS, while the LT gets a cassette/CD unit. LT versions can have optional leather seating, as well as high-back reclining seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Eight-passenger seating in the LS consists of two front buckets and a pair of three-place rear bench seats. Upscale Astro LTs get two split-bench seats instead. An optional seven-passenger configuration for the LT puts two second-row bucket seats in place of the bench. With second- and third-row seats removed, the Astro offers 170 cubic feet of cargo space.



Under the Hood
A 190-horsepower, 4.3-liter Vortec V-6 engine is the sole powertrain and is driven by a four-speed-automatic transmission that incorporates a Tow/Haul mode for transporting heavy loads. Chevrolet claims it’s the biggest V-6 in its class. The Astro passenger model can tow up to 5,500 pounds, while the cargo version is capable of pulling 5,900 pounds. Astros have a 1,764-pound payload rating.

Optional all-wheel drive normally sends full power to the back wheels. In case of slippage, the system begins to deliver power to the front wheels until the Astro is able to regain traction. Side-impact airbags are not available, but four-wheel antilock brakes are standard.



Driving Impressions
In both size and the overall driving feel, the Astro and its Safari companion are more like scaled-down Express vans than enlarged Venture minivans. Despite refinements and a load of comfort and convenience features, rear-wheel drive inevitably produces more of a trucklike sensation than you’d experience in a front-drive Venture or any of its rivals. For ample hauling capacity and a spacious cargo hold, the Astro can be a useful compromise. But for everyday driving, most people would be more comfortable with a conventional minivan.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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Value For The Money
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My Chevy Astro's

by Roger C from Overland Park Ks on May 3, 2017

I'v owned two Chevy Azstro's a 2004 and a 2000 I use them for my carrier business. The Chevy Astro has been the most reliable van I've ever owned Read full review

(4.0)

Great Car

by SprinterDriver from California on February 28, 2009

I didn't love this car at first, but it grew on me. Lots of room. Minimal repairs. Never broken down. No transmission problems. AWD was great in the snow. Great car for passengers or cargo. Read full review

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Astro received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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