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Vehicle overview

Not quite so dramatic or futuristic-looking as it used to be, Chevy's front-drive minivan never really rivaled the sales-leading Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager, and the latest rendition of those two champs are proving unbeatable. Like the similar--but more costly--Oldsmobile Silhouette and Pontiac Trans Sport, the strangely-shaped Lumina never quite caught hold in the marketplace.

Fiberglass-like plastic body panels, bonded to a steel space frame, mean no rust worries. Acceleration is outstanding with the new standard 180-horsepower, 3.4-liter V6 engine, not only from a standing start but when merging and passing. The Lumina is much quicker than one would expect. Upshifts are quick and barely discernible with the electronically controlled four-speed automatic.

Driving the Lumina Minivan takes some getting used to. Most drivers can't see the front end for parking, and even after you're accustomed to it, the vast, steep windshield seems odd every time you step inside. Even though the extra windshield pillars don't impede much of the view, large triangular panes on the side can be trouble in bad weather, lacking wipers or defrosters.

Occupants enjoy pleasant seating and a comfortable ride--a bit floaty and boatlike at times, but more like a ship that's moored securely. The van absorbs bumps capably, almost gliding past a lot of them. For a vehicle of this size and weight, too, the Lumina maneuvers with some dispatch. A driver's airbag and antilock braking are standard. Traction assist is optional. In keeping with Chevy's family focus, integral child seats are available. Storage space actually is minimal unless seats are folded down or, better yet, removed. A small glovebox is compensated for by lots of auxiliary storage spots, including a dashboard recess.

New to the standard equipment list for 1996 is air conditioning, seven-passenger seating, and an uplevel acoustical package. Extended maintenance schedules for the new 3.4-liter V6 make owning a Lumina Minivan easier.

Chrysler is still the standard of comparison, but the GM minis are stronger contenders than ever. One could hardly ask for more on a long trip: comfort, easy handling--and most people quickly get used to that enormous front glass. Next fall, a new Chevrolet minivan debuts, called the Venture. It will be constructed of steel, will sport more conservative and attractive styling, and will offer a left-side sliding door. Finally Chevy dealers will have a minivan that can compete head-to-head with the Chrysler vans. We suggest you wait that extra twelve months.

1996 Highlights

Last year for this van. A 3.4-liter V6 good for 180 horsepower replaces standard and optional V6 engines from last year. Air conditioning, seven-passenger seating and an electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission are standard.


Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 1996 Chevrolet Lumina Minivan.

Average user rating: 4.1 stars
9 total reviews
5 star reviews: 11%
4 star reviews: 89%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%

Trending topics in reviews

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  • comfort
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  • transmission
  • towing
  • maintenance & parts
  • value
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Most helpful consumer reviews

3.875/5 stars, Nice van
3dr Minivan
We've owned several vans over the years and use them pretty hard in our antiques business. The Lumina is far superior to the Caravan we had (I'd not own one of those again if it was gifted to me - BAD experience). The Lumina is right up there with our old VW Vanagon, but much more stylish and, yes, has power to go up hills and air conditioning! We like this vehicle, have friends who own them and would recommend it as a good mini van option for someone considering purchase. We bought ours as a lease-return with 25K on it and it is now at 80K .. mostly all trouble free.
4.375/5 stars, Excellent Van
Mike loves ,
3dr Minivan
This van is an all around great family van!
4.875/5 stars, Best car I ever owned
3dr Minivan
I have owned this mini van since it was new. I am currently considering a new vehicle. I am researching the same car. This car has done everything I have asked of it and then some. It is an extremely versitile vehicle, from hauling 7 people to piles of lumber with seats removed. This car has never left me stranded and the only reason I am considering a new one is mileage.
3.5/5 stars, satisfied owner
3dr Minivan
other than noisy windshield wipers no negative experiences.

Features & Specs

3dr Cargo MinivanN/A
MPG 17 city / 24 hwy
Seats 0
4-speed automatic
180 hp @ 5200 rpm
3dr MinivanN/A
MPG 17 city / 24 hwy
Seats 0
4-speed automatic
180 hp @ 5200 rpm
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NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver5 / 5
Passenger3 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
DriverNot Rated
PassengerNot Rated
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
RolloverNot Rated
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact TestNot Tested
Roof Strength TestNot Tested
Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintNot Tested
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test


Is the Chevrolet Lumina Minivan a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 1996 Lumina Minivan both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Chevrolet Lumina Minivan fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Lumina Minivan gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Chevrolet Lumina Minivan. Learn more

Is the Chevrolet Lumina Minivan reliable?

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Is the 1996 Chevrolet Lumina Minivan a good car?

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How much should I pay for a 1996 Chevrolet Lumina Minivan?

The least-expensive 1996 Chevrolet Lumina Minivan is the 1996 Chevrolet Lumina Minivan 3dr Minivan. Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $0.

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    Used 1996 Chevrolet Lumina Minivan Overview

    The Used 1996 Chevrolet Lumina Minivan is offered in the following submodels: Lumina Minivan. Available styles include 3dr Cargo Minivan, and 3dr Minivan.

    What do people think of the 1996 Chevrolet Lumina Minivan?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 1996 Chevrolet Lumina Minivan and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 1996 Lumina Minivan 4.1 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 1996 Lumina Minivan.

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    What's a good price for a New 1996 Chevrolet Lumina Minivan?

    1996 Chevrolet Lumina Minivan 3dr Cargo Minivan

    The 1996 Chevrolet Lumina Minivan 3dr Cargo Minivan can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $18,415. The average price paid for a new 1996 Chevrolet Lumina Minivan 3dr Cargo Minivan is trending $17,784 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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    The average savings for the 1996 Chevrolet Lumina Minivan 3dr Cargo Minivan is 96.6% below the MSRP.

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