The 2004 Chevy Astro is not a flashy minivan. It doesn't
provide loads of impractical gadgets, or adorn itself with
an exaggerated set of "stylish" features. The
Chevy Astro is designed for one thing: to transport goods
and people in the safest, most convenient way possible.
The 2004 Chevy Astro and its look-alike cousin, the GMC
Safari, are America's only truck-based minivans. Their basic
design goes all the way back to the late 1980s. They have
continued to use this same design, year after year, because
it offers stability, safety and durability. In other words,
nothing better has come along yet.
The 2004 Chevy Astro is offered in three models: base, LS
The reliable Chevy Astro seats eight passengers on two front
bucket seats and two 3-person rear benches. Second-row bucket
seats are optional. With the rear seats removed, the 2004
Chevy Astro is able to provide up to 170 cubic feet of cargo
For 2004, all Chevy Astro models have larger, standard
16-inch wheels and tires. The base model has steel wheels,
while aluminum wheels are standard on all uplevel LS and
LT models. The Astro's tires are P215/70R16 all-season steel-belted
The three-model Chevy Astro lineup gives customers plenty
of options to choose from. The LS is offered at a nice price
and features such comfort items as front and rear air conditioning,
a rear heater, an AM/FM/CD/cassette player, an overhead
console, a compass and more.
The 2004 Chevy Astro comes in one body length with a passenger-side
sliding door. However, side-by-side rear cargo doors or
extra-cost Dutch doors with separate-opening upper glass
The 2004 Chevy Astro is available with rear-wheel drive
or all-wheel drive. The engine under the hood for 2004 is
a 4.3-liter V6. It can generate 190 horsepower at 4400 rpm
and 250 lb-ft of torque at 2800 rpm.
The Astro's V6 engine uses multi-port fuel injection for
long-lasting performance. It is mated to a 4-speed automatic
transmission with overdrive.
For quick, responsive stops, the Astro has standard antilock
four-wheel brakes with a highly responsive Hydroboost hydraulic
assist power brake booster and GM's Dynamic Rear Proportioning.
Safety and Security
The makers at Chevy understand that a minivan's primary
responsibility is safety. To this end they equipped the
Astro with standard driver and front passenger airbags,
a child security sliding door, battery-rundown protection
and the PASSLock theft-deterrent system. A lockout provision
also prevents the driver door from locking if the key is
inadvertently left in the ignition.
New for the 2004 Chevy Astro
standard 16-inch wheels