Chevy Uplander | An Overview of the 2005 Chevy Uplander

An Overview of the 2005 Chevy Uplander

The 2005 Chevy Uplander replaced the Venture series in Chevrolet’s minivan lineup. The Uplander adapted the extended-length body of Chevy Venture but showcased a more attractive SUV-flavor. Chevrolet had to tweak its exterior appearance to make it look more like a sports utility vehicle. As compared to the Chevy Venture, the Uplander is slightly bigger in length, wheelbase and height. Although it retains the standard four-speed automatic transmission, Chevrolet decided to replace Venture’s old engine system —- the 185hp 3.5L V6 —- with the slightly powerful 200-hp 3.5L V6 engine.

Uplander versus Venture

Generally, the Uplander is a four-door, seven-seater, front-drive vehicle that is available in two basic sizes — the short and long wheelbase versions. The short wheelbase version measures 191 inches in length, while the long wheelbase version measures 204.3 inches. The fuel capacity of the two versions is pretty much the same with the Venture.Power wise, the Uplander offers more engine efficiency with its 3.5L V6 engine that is capable of generating 200 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque. On the other hand, the Chevy Venture has the same type of engine system but it only produces 185 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque. This is relatively lower than the power produced by the Uplander. In addition to that, the Uplander also has more towing capacity of up to 3,500 pounds as opposed to Venture’s 3,300 pounds towing limit.

As for the trim levels, the Uplander features three trim versions including the base LS, LT1, and the top-line LT AWD. All trim versions feature standard equipments including:

  • air-conditioning system
  • power locks and windows
  • tilt steering wheel
  • 17-inch wheels and tires
  • stereo with CD player
  • cruise control
  • three rows of seating

The Uplander LS trim version provides optional features like:

  • second-row captain’s chairs
  • front seat heaters
  • cargo storage bins
  • traction control
  • roof rails
  • six-disc CD changer
  • power sliding door

Meanwhile, Chevy Venture was offered in Plus, LS and LT trim levels. Moreover, a sports appearance package was also presented for the LS trim level which included 16-inch aluminum wheels, stiffer suspensions, and automatic leveling control system.

All in all, the performance level of the Uplander is very much identical with the Chevy Venture (even though its engine is less powerful). Both vehicles are capable of accommodating up to seven passengers and can tow a considerable amount of load (as long as it won’t exceed its towing capacity).

Key Features of the 2005 Uplander

The Uplander basically has a more aggressive styling than most minivans within its segment. However, it still offers the same traditional amenities that you’ll enjoy with other minivan models. Some of the most remarkable and prominent features that you should look out for include:

  • all-wheel drive option (available only in LT models)
  • front-drive torso protection
  • anti-lock 4-wheel disc brakes
  • front and side airbags
  • standard second-row bucket seats
  • 50/50 split bench
  • OnStar in-vehicle assistance (1 year free subscription and available in all Chevrolet vehicles)
  • roof-rail system
  • remote starting system with keyfob

Overall, the 2005 Chevy Uplander is an upgraded version of the Chevy Venture that is loaded with functional features, safety enhancements, and an attractive SUV appearance.

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