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Chevrolet Uplander, Pontiac Montana, Saturn Relay, Buick Terraza, Pontiac Montana SV6, Van
#1706 of 2927 Crash Test Rating
Jan 04, 2005 (12:21 pm)
I just checked the NHTSA web site and the only crash test ratings for 2005 Chevrolet Minivans was the 05 Venture. It received 4 stars on frontal head on for pass/driver, 5 star driver side impact and 4 star for the passenger side impact. The Uplander was listed as TBT (To Be Tested). Your dealer either has pre-released ratings or was confused about the ratings. I hope that it does well, my wife and I are planning to purchae one when the rebates kick in in the fall of 05
Jan 04, 2005 (1:03 pm)
With the previous generation almost identical ratings with the 2004 Toyota Sienna on the government crash tests (TTI of 50/59 vs 56/54), things can only be better for the new generation with its strengthing of the body lower metal back to the rear wheels. It should meet GM's goal of 4 5-Star ratings. And of course there is the IIHS and HLDI rating of "substantially better then average" rating on real world losses. Add that with standard safety features like the standard DVD, optional stability control, and OnStar which no one else even offers. And it looks pretty good for the new generation on the safety front.
Jan 04, 2005 (7:32 pm)
Part of the reason for the bigger nose was to get the 5 star frontal rating. I am sure GM will get it.
#1709 of 2927 Finally saw a commercial yesterday
Jan 05, 2005 (3:24 pm)
I only caught the end of the commercial for the Uplander, but it looks as if Chevy is finally advertising in the Phoenix market.
Has anybody else seen any Uplander advertising?
#1710 of 2927 Re: Finally saw a commercial yesterday [sundevil99]
Jan 05, 2005 (5:36 pm)
I have seen the one with the guy looking for the cricket in the Uplander. I have the exact same color and model - LT.
#1711 of 2927 Hey, I switched from SUV to minivan.
Jan 06, 2005 (4:13 pm)
I've had my Uplander now for about 3 weeks and I love it. I've read posts on here about how this van will not appeal to those that drive SUV's so GM should essentially stop wasting their time trying to market it as such. I previously owned a Tahoe and with a toddler and preschooler, I relish the fact that I can now push a button on my key fob and the door slides open allowing my kids to help themselves into the van while I put away groceries. I love the mobility within the vehicle. We have second row captains chairs and my preschooler can move to the 3rd row with ease (if I had teenagers or adults I had to transport, I probably wouldn't have considered a minivan). I like the better gas mileage and feeling comfortable parking in narrower spots in a parking lot. I agree with an earlier post that the exterior styling kinda eased the transition from an SUV to a minivan. My Chevy dealer had 3 to choose from and so far I've not seen any other Uplander/Terraza/SV6 in town (yet), so that is kind of a neat feeling. I think that choosing a vehicle can be very subjective and you should match your needs and wants to whatever the van has to offer. I've never owned a minivan so after test driving some, I went with the Uplander for what it offered (o.k. so the great GM rebates I had didn't hurt, either, hehe) We don't use the DVD every time we jump in the van but it's nice to have since we take road trips often. I had to chuckle when I read the post from tamu2002 about not wanting a DVD player because he'd rather have his wife sit in the back and play with the kids. Ugggh, I wonder if he's tried sitting in the back seat for hours trying to amuse a toddler and preschooler (no disrespect, heheh). Even though it's early on, so far I love it.
#1712 of 2927 Re: Hey, I switched from SUV to minivan. [new2vans]
Jan 06, 2005 (6:44 pm)
Hey new2vans. Great summary. Couldn't agree more...especially the part about entertaining the kids in the back. ; )
#1713 of 2927 Re: Hey, I switched from SUV to minivan. [new2vans]
Jan 07, 2005 (7:36 am)
Congrats on your purchase. We've had ours for about two weeks now. I too feel pretty cool to be the first one on the block with the Uplander.
Jan 07, 2005 (12:54 pm)
Hey no offense here new2. It's a tough job keeping kids entertained back there in a fun and educational way. Fortunately my wife is very good at that Glad your family are liking the van. Isn't that what it's all about? I wish you guys many happy miles ahead.
#1715 of 2927 van comparison
Jan 08, 2005 (7:37 am)
I've been looking at the Terraza CXL and Town & Country Limited. Some clear advantages to the T&C: side curtain bags, stow & go seating, auto climate control,nav system, tire pressure monitor, and I think the guage cluster looks nicer. But the Terraza seats are better, bigger wheels, stabilitrak, standard dvd, load leveling. You can get load leveling in the T&C but only with trailer prep and none of the instock models have them. Chrysler finally went with the auto lights but only on the higher end ones. So if we can get the Buick cheaper, we'll probably get it if we can find one (they seem in very short supply). The width is really a non-issue but of course we've had a Venture and currently an 01 Silo. The back seat (3rd row) is much nicer on the GM, more leg room. The roof rack is a joke, no cross bars.