Astro Vans

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Astro vans are Chevrolet's minivans, and are the counterparts of GMC's Safari. Naturally, these smaller vans do not have the interior room of the full-size vans, such as the Chevrolet Express vans and the GMC Savana vans. They still do, however, make excellent van conversions--just on a smaller scale.

Not everyone has a large family, or hauls a lot of sports or camping equipment. These minivans are, however, perfect for a family of four and all their travel necessities. When compared to more expensive SUVs, minivans have more space, are easier to enter, and have easier access to all seats.

Astro Vans for Good Value

Astro vans are versatile vehicles, and, when converted into luxury minivans, they become comfortable carry-alls for families and their belongings. Astros and Safaris are this country's only truck-based minivans; their design is so solid, it has been used since the late 1980s. Astros have one length and one sliding door, although they also come with top-to-bottom rear cargo doors, or Dutch doors with upper glass that opens separately.

A 4.3 liter, V6 engine and automatic transmission are standard. You have your choice of all-wheel drive (AWD) or rear-wheel drive. Maximum seating is eight in the passenger van, and the cargo van has two seats. Anti-lock braking system (ABS) is standard, as are four-wheel disc brakes on Astro vans.


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