2005 Chevrolet Venture

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Key Specs

of the 2005 Chevrolet Venture. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Interior space
  • Ride comfort
  • Automatic-transmission operation
  • Performance

The Bad

  • Stability in curves
  • Backseat comfort
  • Resale value

Notable Features of the 2005 Chevrolet Venture

  • Extended-length minivan
  • Available DVD entertainment
  • Optional XM Satellite Radio and MP3 radio
  • New Sport Touring Package for LS
  • Seven- or eight-passenger seating

2005 Chevrolet Venture Overview

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Vehicle Overview
Closely related to the Pontiac Montana, the Venture is Chevrolet's front-wheel-drive minivan. It's available in Plus, LS and LT trim levels. New for 2005, the LS Sport Touring Package includes an FE4 touring suspension, automatic level control, an onboard inflator kit and 16-inch chrome-plated aluminum wheels.

Only extended-length Ventures are offered for 2005, and all-wheel drive is no longer available. Ventures get only an abbreviated model run before they disappear, supplanted by Chevrolet's new Uplander minivan.

Dating back to the introduction of the Lumina APV in 1990, Chevrolet's version has been the low-priced, value-oriented member of General Motors' front-drive minivan lineup. Renamed the Venture as part of its 1997 redesign, Chevy's minivan has handily exceeded the combined annual sales of its GM companions, the Montana and the now-defunct Oldsmobile Silhouette.


Exterior
Extended-length Ventures have a 120-inch wheelbase and stretch 200.9 inches from stem to stern. All Ventures have dual sliding side doors. A powered right-side door is standard on the LT edition and optional on the LS model. Power operation of the sliding door on the driver's side is also available. Standard tires measure 15 inches in diameter, on steel or cast-aluminum wheels, but 16-inch chrome-plated wheels are optional. A sport suspension is standard on the LT and optional on the LS.

Interior
Seating for seven occupants is standard, but eight-passenge...
Vehicle Overview
Closely related to the Pontiac Montana, the Venture is Chevrolet's front-wheel-drive minivan. It's available in Plus, LS and LT trim levels. New for 2005, the LS Sport Touring Package includes an FE4 touring suspension, automatic level control, an onboard inflator kit and 16-inch chrome-plated aluminum wheels.

Only extended-length Ventures are offered for 2005, and all-wheel drive is no longer available. Ventures get only an abbreviated model run before they disappear, supplanted by Chevrolet's new Uplander minivan.

Dating back to the introduction of the Lumina APV in 1990, Chevrolet's version has been the low-priced, value-oriented member of General Motors' front-drive minivan lineup. Renamed the Venture as part of its 1997 redesign, Chevy's minivan has handily exceeded the combined annual sales of its GM companions, the Montana and the now-defunct Oldsmobile Silhouette.


Exterior
Extended-length Ventures have a 120-inch wheelbase and stretch 200.9 inches from stem to stern. All Ventures have dual sliding side doors. A powered right-side door is standard on the LT edition and optional on the LS model. Power operation of the sliding door on the driver's side is also available. Standard tires measure 15 inches in diameter, on steel or cast-aluminum wheels, but 16-inch chrome-plated wheels are optional. A sport suspension is standard on the LT and optional on the LS.

Interior
Seating for seven occupants is standard, but eight-passenger capacity is optional in the LS and LT. The standard setup includes a two-passenger split-folding bench seat in the second row and a three-place split bench seat in the third row. Captain's chairs for the second row are available.

All seats except the front buckets can be removed; this allows for cargo volume of 140.7 cubic feet. Space behind the third-row seat totals 31.5 cubic feet. Air conditioning, power windows and locks, and a tilt steering wheel are standard. GM's OnStar communication system can be installed. Ventures can be equipped with Mobility packages for disabled occupants that include a dealer-installed Sit-N-Lift power seat.


Under the Hood
A 3.4-liter V-6 sends 185 horsepower to a four-speed-automatic transmission. Traction control is optional.

Safety
Antilock brakes are standard on LS and LT models and optional on the Plus minivan. Optional equipment includes side-impact airbags and a rear parking-assist function that emits an audible warning as you approach an obstacle to the rear while backing up. LATCH child-safety seat tethers are installed.

Driving Impressions
Ride quality in the Venture is pleasing, and performance is a definite plus. The Venture is energetic when starting from a standstill, and it passes and merges effectively. GM's solid powertrain functions with impressive competence and delivers smooth and prompt gear changes.

Handling is fine on the highway, and the Venture steers with a light touch. However, this minivan isn't as stable in curves as some of its rivals. Overall, the Venture fails to stand above the minivan pack.



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Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Have kids?....enough said

by jeckert from Buffalo, NY on May 7, 2017

Great vehicle, spacious, reliable, and if you have children and are always carting them and their friends around then this vehicle is the one you want! Read full review

(5.0)

Pleasantly Surprised

by Family Man from Indianapolis, IN on October 25, 2011

A great buy for our family of eight. The built-in car seat is a HUGE hit with my wife. More storage space in the back than our previous van. Would have liked double automatic sliding doors, but the ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2005 Chevrolet Venture currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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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 Venture 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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