2007 Chevrolet Uplander Expert Review

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In the world of minivans, the Chevrolet Uplander slots squarely into the entry-level family hauling segment. Priced competitively and loaded with standard features, the Uplander is well-suited to the needs of small families.

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Though it can seat seven, the Uplander's narrow design makes it a bit tight in the areas of hip and shoulder room. Like its cousins from Pontiac, Saturn and Buick, the Chevrolet Uplander does not offer flush-folding seats or side-curtain airbags for the rear-most passengers.

What's New

The 3.9-liter V6 is now standard on all trims, as are new 17-inch wheels. StabiliTrak becomes standard on the extended-length models.

Interior Features

GM says it is dedicated to improving the interior quality of its cars, and the Chevrolet Uplander proves it. French-stitched seams on the door panels and seats, a gorgeous dash and instrument cluster design and a hefty dose of sound deadening insulation make life with the Uplander a thoroughly pleasant experience. Although the narrow interior feels a bit cramped with three abreast, those who can get by with second-row captain's chair seating should find the Uplander quite livable. A host of nice features such as DVD entertainment and the PhatNoise 40-gigabyte media storage system go a long way toward keeping the kids occupied.

Exterior Features

The Chevrolet Uplander's long hood and added C-pillar are intended to make it look more like an SUV than a minivan. Although the sliding side doors betray the Uplander's minivan origins, the overall look is quite appealing. The Uplander offers some distinct advantages over the traditional SUV, such as its low step-in height and easily accessible roof rack. Chevrolet has added larger 17-inch wheels to give the Uplander a sportier appearance, another nice touch not found on the average minivan.

Driving Impressions

The Chevrolet Uplander's 240-horsepower 3.9-liter V6 is a vast improvement over the previous 3.5-liter engine. It offers excellent low-end torque and passing power as well as smooth and vibration-free operation. The front-wheel-drive layout works well for this type of vehicle, providing good traction in rain and snow. The new V6 increases the Uplander's tow rating to 3,500 pounds. Steering and braking have been greatly improved over GM's last generation of minivans, on which the Uplander is based. The smaller size and narrow footprint might make the Uplander a little easier to maneuver than the larger offerings from Nissan, Chrysler and Honda.

Pricing Notes

The Uplander LS with regular wheelbase has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $20,695, while the LT with extended wheelbase is $27,890. A look at the Fair Purchase Price shows that consumers are paying around $1,000 over invoice for their Uplanders. Before you set out to begin negotiations, be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price which shows the typical transaction prices consumers are paying in your area. Kelley Blue Book expects the Uplander to retain a below-average residual value, better than the Ford Freestar, slightly below the Dodge Grand Caravan and Hyundai Entourage and well below the Honda Odyssey, Nissan Quest and Toyota Sienna.

Notable Equipment

The Uplander comes standard with a 3.9-liter V6, four-speed automatic transmission, front air conditioning, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), OnStar, overhead console storage, power locks, power windows, rear defroster, dual sliding side doors, automatic headlamp control, dual power mirrors, AM/FM stereo with MP3-compatible CD player, tilt wheel and full wheel covers.

Notable Options

Options include an extended-length model, sport suspension, dual heated power mirrors, PhatNoise entertainment system, power sliding side doors, flip-down DVD player with rear audio controls, second-row captain's chair seating, first and second-row side-impact airbags, cruise control, StabiliTrak (standard on extended length models), remote start, heated leather seats and a tow package.

Favorite Features

DVD Entertainment System

The optional DVD entertainment system is attached to a set of overhead-mounted rails, allowing you to add movable modules for extra storage.

Remote Start

Optional remote start lets you start the vehicle from as far away as 500 feet.

Under the Hood

The Chevrolet Uplander's 3.9-liter engine is well suited for work in the minivan environment. Equipped with variable valve timing and GM's active intake technology, the 3.9-liter V6 is capable of delivering nearly 90-percent of its power between 1800 and 5800 rpm. Available later in the model year on fleet vehicles only, the Flex Fuel technology allows the Uplander to run on a gasoline/ethanol mix. Ethanol is a domestically produced, renewable energy source made from corn, and because it burns cleaner than gasoline, the lower emissions can help reduce the build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

3.9-liter V6 Flex Fuel

240 horsepower @ 6000 rpm

240 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/19 (E85), 18/25 (Gasoline)

Editors' Notes

As Chevrolet's only minivan, one would expect the Uplander to be a standout. It isn't. Newer vans from Honda, Chrysler and Kia provide more interior room, more powerful engines and more safety features. The Uplander is not without its own merits, however, and does offer some admirable features. The interior is one of the nicest you'll find in any minivan, and includes a long list of standard features belying the vehicle's starting price near $20,000. Later in the model year, fleet customers can opt for a Flex Fuel V6, which runs on E85 ethanol. Chevrolet also offers a number of mobility options, including the Sit-N-Lift second-row mobility seat that rotates and extends outward to make it easier for those with mobility difficulties to get into and out of the vehicle, a very thoughtful feature.

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The Chevy Uplander is a dependable vehicle that rides very comfortably.

My 2007 Chevy Uplander has been a good, reliable vehicle. It rides very nice with easy steering. It did develop a hole somewhere in the line of the air conditioner so that no longer works. The wheel bearings and tie rods have to be replaced quite frequently which is a bit of a nuisance. And expensive. My Uplander came with a built in DVD player with two headsets so that was nice for the kids on long car rides. The color is navy blue which is hard to keep clean. The interior is a light gray. This is an older vehicle so there are no modern technologies other than the DVD player. It does have a CD player. Separate controls for air and heat in the back. The seats fold down in the back for more storage space if necessary. There is a luggage rack on the top. There is an automatic sliding door on both sides make it easy to get in and out. Although the sliding door on the passenger side malfunctions from time to time and we have to push it shut. There is a button on each side of the car to open them. Two above the drivers console and also two on the key fob for easy opening. The van comes with the option of On Star. The ABS and Traction control sensors also malfunction a lot. When working properly these functions really come in handy on slippery roads in winter. Despite all the malfunctioning parts the Chevy Uplander has been a good vehicle for our family.

- Rebecca L

2007 Chevrolet uplander minivan.

My vehicle is very reliable. It is 11 years old and has about 125, 000 miles on it and it still runs very well. One thing that I do wish I had was a little bit more space. I have four children and it is a little tight sometimes. I love that it has a sensor that beeps when you are backing up and you are getting too close to something. I also really like the statistics that it gives you on the dashboard, for example the oil percentage left before you need an oil change and how many miles you have until you run out of gas.

- Kelsey W

I like the way the passenger seats fold down, can even be removed to haul cargo.

I purchased this vehicle used and the only real problem I have had is an acceleration "jerking" as if a belt is slipping when taking off after a resting stop. Dealer said it was there, but couldn't figure out what it was. Now, of course the warranty has passed, so they wouldn't fix it anyway. The vehicle served me very well when I ran my daycare business and has continued to be reliable. Wish it was a little more gas efficient.

- Patricia C

I love my uplander overall. Just a few things I would make upgrades to.

It is very bumpy and you can feel every turn and pot hole in the road. If I could change that I would. Also the seats could be more comfortable and the seatbelts do need to be better positioned for the strap across your chest. My children and myself complain about them a lot. They should have done a better job with car seat child restraint safety. My sons car seat leather is such a hassle in the uplander.

- Constance C

Chevy uplander, a pretty good van.

I have three children so I love that I can load them all up opening one door. There is also a lot of room in the back when the seats are down. That has really helped me when I have to move large items. The very best thing about my van is the gas mileage. The only complaint I have is that the automatic sliding door feature does not work. There is some sort of glitch in the electrical layout of the vehicle.

- Kathryn S

Old Chevy Uplander White 2007

it's old, so of course it has its problems. Been working fine getting me to and from work and family/friends, and appointments. It does have transmission issues and you have to slowly start accelerating otherwise the vehicle won't move, so you can't pull out in traffic, even if the car is a mile away. I wouldn't ever want to change that. The muffler has also come off, but that happens with time.

- Danielle L

The uplander is a great family vehicle that you and your family will enjoy.

This is an older model. It does get me from point A to point B. Since it is older, I have had to get some repairs. All in all, I think it is a good vehicle. It has buck seats, automatic windows, removable seats for more storage or you can fold them down. Rear heating and cooling and plenty of storage space. This vehicle is over 10 years old and still going strong. Very reliable!

- Sheila R

I love how much room I have in my vehicle.

It has a lot of room it runs fantastic I can fit laundry groceries and five car seats in there and still not feel crowded. Exposed wires under driver floorboard, and a few other issues including throttle body heating issue, and the struts. But the vehicle has been previously owned for over ten years and honestly I think that is very little issue for a long term used vehicle.

- Lindsey L

The design still looks like a new vehicle even though it's many years old.

I love this vehicle. It's lasted well through the years with little regular repairs needed. Still appears new. Interior is very durable and has been well used with many children and adults. Great for traveling, the DVD system is my favorite, as a driver I can mute the movie from the steering wheel and the kids can still enjoy it through the headsets.

- Mary C

My Chevy uplander, i'll never want another kind of vehicle.

I love my Chevy uplander! It has great gas mileage, very smooth driving. Has lot of room for family trips. I haven't had any issues with it at all! It's a great investment especially if you have a big family and do a lot of driving. Only downfall to mine is there isn't an auxiliary cord for music, or a tape deck. I am old fashioned I know.

- Jackie B

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