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2006 Chevrolet Uplander

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Extended Passenger Van
3-7 Seats
20-21 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Passenger space
  • Cargo capacity
  • Sliding side doors
  • Optional PhatNoise system

The Bad

  • Pending further review

What to Know

about the 2006 Chevrolet Uplander
  • SUV-like styling cues
  • Standard 3.5-liter V-6
  • New optional 3.9-liter engine
  • Available StabiliTrak stability control
  • Available Versatrak AWD

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Like other General Motors vans that debuted in 2005, Chevrolet bills the Uplander as a crossover sport van. Though it has sport utility vehicle styling cues — with a seven-passenger seating capacity, a low step-in height and sliding side doors — the Uplander isn't far removed from the minivans that GM has offered for years, but the company hopes to avoid the minivan's tame image.

The Uplander is related to the Buick Terraza, Pontiac Montana SV6 and Saturn Relay. Front-wheel drive is standard, but the Uplander LT can be fitted with all-wheel drive. A cargo van is also offered.

A new optional 240-horsepower, 3.9-liter V-6 with variable valve timing can be installed on 2006 models. Optional side-impact airbags now protect occupants in the first- and second-row seats.

Chevrolet offers an optional backseat entertainment system. Known as Mobile Digital Media Powered by PhatNoise, the system can store hours of music or movies on a wallet-size 40-gigabyte hard-drive cartridge. Dealers can install a Sit-N-Lift power seat that rotates and extends outward, operating via a hand-held remote control.


Exterior
The Uplander's squared-off front fascia features a large grille with a horizontal band. Chrome accents are used on the grille. Chevrolet says special exterior moldings enhance the Uplander's "SUV-like character."

Wide, prominent C-pillars are exposed, which is considered another SUV styling cue. The wheels measure 17 inches in diameter, and ...
Vehicle Overview
Like other General Motors vans that debuted in 2005, Chevrolet bills the Uplander as a crossover sport van. Though it has sport utility vehicle styling cues — with a seven-passenger seating capacity, a low step-in height and sliding side doors — the Uplander isn't far removed from the minivans that GM has offered for years, but the company hopes to avoid the minivan's tame image.

The Uplander is related to the Buick Terraza, Pontiac Montana SV6 and Saturn Relay. Front-wheel drive is standard, but the Uplander LT can be fitted with all-wheel drive. A cargo van is also offered.

A new optional 240-horsepower, 3.9-liter V-6 with variable valve timing can be installed on 2006 models. Optional side-impact airbags now protect occupants in the first- and second-row seats.

Chevrolet offers an optional backseat entertainment system. Known as Mobile Digital Media Powered by PhatNoise, the system can store hours of music or movies on a wallet-size 40-gigabyte hard-drive cartridge. Dealers can install a Sit-N-Lift power seat that rotates and extends outward, operating via a hand-held remote control.


Exterior
The Uplander's squared-off front fascia features a large grille with a horizontal band. Chrome accents are used on the grille. Chevrolet says special exterior moldings enhance the Uplander's "SUV-like character."

Wide, prominent C-pillars are exposed, which is considered another SUV styling cue. The wheels measure 17 inches in diameter, and the optional roof rack has satin-finished side rails. Automatic rear load-leveling shock absorbers are installed. Riding a 121.1-inch wheelbase, the Uplander is 204 inches long overall and 72 inches tall.


Interior
Seven occupants fit inside the Uplander, which features three rows of seats. The second- and third-row seats can be folded and removed. Bucket seats are standard in the second row, while captain's chairs with armrests are optional. Uplevel models feature leather seats in the first row, and heated cushions are optional.

The Uplander also features a flexible rear cargo system that has three dividers. When the third-row bench seat is folded, the seat and storage system line up to create a level load floor. Total cargo volume is 136.5 cubic feet with the second- and third-row seats folded and 26.9 cubic feet with all the seats up. The rear bench is split 50/50 and covered in soft vinyl.

Foldable convenience trays sit between the first- and second-row seats. An overhead rail system contains integrated audio and climate controls, lighting and the backseat entertainment system. Entertainment options include a DVD system and XM Satellite Radio.


Under the Hood
GM's 3.5-liter V-6 generates 201 hp and 216 pounds-feet of torque and connects to a four-speed-automatic transmission. With all-wheel drive, output drops to 196 hp. For 2006, a new 240-hp, 3.9-liter V-6 that generates240 pounds-feet of torque is available. When properly equipped, the Uplander can tow up to 3,500 pounds. Versatrak all-wheel drive can split torque between the left and right wheels as well as between the front and rear ones. Traction control is optional.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes and daytime running lamps are standard. GM's StabiliTrak electronic stability system is optional. Optional seat-mounted side-impact airbags provide head and thorax protection for front- and second-row outboard occupants.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
16 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

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(5.0)

this is the best car for the money. I love it .

by jluckey0225 from Lexington N.C on July 1, 2017

Its just comfortable, roomy ,easy to maintain and I like the extras; DVD player, cargo room and the tire and equipment are hidden. Read full review

(5.0)

I like the room

by jluckey0225 from Lexington N.C on July 1, 2017

I have four grandchildern and they all have their own seat. I just like the comfort and its good on gas. I have taken quite a few trips and didn't have any troblems. Only one thing it's so smooth when ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2006 Chevrolet Uplander currently has 4 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2006 Chevrolet Uplander has not been tested.

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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 Uplander 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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