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1998 Standard Rear-wheel Drive Cargo Van
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Price:   -  From $19,404
1998 SLX Rear-wheel Drive Passenger Van Price:   -  From $20,238
1998 Standard All-wheel Drive Cargo Van Price:   -  From $21,804
1998 SLX All-wheel Drive Passenger Van Price:   -  From $22,538


Established somewhere between big full-size vans and ubiquitous minivans are the mid-size GMC Safari and Chevrolet Astro. What sets the Safari and Astro apart is that they are larger than minivans without being monstrous. They have more power than minivans yet they can be driven easily in traffic. And -- most significant -- they are rear-wheel drive. While these mid-size GMC and Chevy vans may seem like technological throwbacks to some people, they serve a very real and valuable purpose to others: With powerful engines and rear-wheel drive, they can tow much heavier trailers than front-wheel-drive minivans can handle. These mid-size vans are a good choice when recreational pursuits include boats, camping trailers, jet skis, dirt bikes, race cars or anything else that rides to the play site, yet the vehicle is also needed to haul kids around. They are easier to maneuver in city traffic than manhandling a full-size van or sport-utility vehicle. We evaluated a GMC Safari in the mid-range SLE trim, but the Chevrolet Astro is practically identical to the Safari. Our Safari proved to be a great tow vehicle with plenty of size and power to deal comfortably with a trailer weighing 5500 pounds. GM's 4.3-liter V6 engine is a real workhorse with lots of torque for pulling heavy loads.

Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
4.3L V-6 / 190 HP / 250 ft.lbs.
4-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
17 / 23 / 20 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
2 / 1
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
4.3L V-6 / 190 HP / 250 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
17 / 23 / 20 Mpg
Front Disc/rear Drum
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
25.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
170.4 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
189.8 "
Exterior Width
77.5 "
Exterior Height
75.3 "
Front Headroom
39.2 "
Rear Headroom
Front Legroom
41.6 "
Rear Legroom
Front Shoulder Room
64.0 "
Rear Shoulder Room
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,909 Lbs.
Wheel Base
111 "
Turning Radius
21.3 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
3 Doors
15.0 " Painted Steel / 15.0 " Silver Styled Steel / 15.0 " Chrome Styled Steel / 15.0 " Silver Aluminum
Monotone / Lower Accent Two-tone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Manual / Dual Power Remote / Dual Manual, Convex Spotter Passenger
Argent / Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black / Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Partial Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
2 / 1
Seat Trim
Vinyl / Cloth
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
4-way / 6-way (4-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way / 6-way (4-way Power)
Front Armrests
4-way / 6-way (4-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm Stereo, Clock, Seek-scan / Am/fm Stereo, Seek-scan / Clock
2 / 4
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Climate Control
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Light / Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months
96 Months / 80,000 Miles

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