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Chevrolet Express

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Pros and cons

  • Good towing capability
  • Regular or extended wheelbase available
  • Four engine choices
  • High fuel consumption
  • Design has not evolved in recent years
  • No all-wheel drive available
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Safety

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Safety ratings provided by NHTSA

  • Number of airbags4 - 6Number of airbags depend on trim choice

Specifications

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats7 - 12
  • Doors4
  • Fuel typeGas or Diesel
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • City consumption15.7 - 22.3 L/100km
  • Highway consumption11.2 - 14.9 L/100km
  • Width2012 - 2018 mm
  • Length5555 - 6200 mm
  • Trunk space2608 - 3602 L
  • Cargo space5776 - 8971 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This version of the Chevrolet Express 1996 - present is available in 10 trims:

Basic trim features and specs

Available with the Basic trim:
  • Center arm rest between front seats (optional)
  • Electric windows (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Front seats electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Power steering
  • Spare wheel
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • Long wheel base
  • Short wheel base
  • Steel wheels
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable (optional)
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Electronic traction control (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Stability control (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Rear-wheel drive
Available with the Basic trim:
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • CD player (optional)
  • Cruise control (optional)
  • Digital cockpit
  • Power door locks (optional)
  • Radio (optional)

STANDARD trim features and specs

Available with the STANDARD trim:
  • Electric windows (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Front seats electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Power steering
  • Spare wheel
Available with the STANDARD trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Regular cab
  • Steel wheels
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable (optional)
Available with the STANDARD trim:
  • Front-driver airbag (optional)
  • Front-passenger airbag (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Rear-wheel drive
Available with the STANDARD trim:
  • CD player (optional)
  • Cruise control (optional)
  • Digital cockpit
  • Power door locks (optional)
  • Radio

BASE trim features and specs

Available with the BASE trim:
  • Center arm rest between front seats (optional)
  • Electric windows (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Front seats electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Power steering
  • Spare wheel
Available with the BASE trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • Steel wheels
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable (optional)
Available with the BASE trim:
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Rear-wheel drive
Available with the BASE trim:
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • CD player (optional)
  • Cruise control (optional)
  • Power door locks (optional)
  • Radio (optional)

Base trim features and specs

Available with the Base trim:
  • Center arm rest between front seats (optional)
  • Electric windows (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Front seats electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Power steering
  • Spare wheel
Available with the Base trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • Long wheel base
  • Short wheel base
  • Steel wheels
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable (optional)
Available with the Base trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Electronic traction control (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Stability control (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Rear-wheel drive
Available with the Base trim:
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • CD player (optional)
  • Cruise control (optional)
  • Power door locks (optional)
  • Radio

2LS trim features and specs

Available with the 2LS trim:
  • Center arm rest between front seats (optional)
  • Electric windows (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
  • Multifunction steering wheel (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Front seats electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Power steering
  • Spare wheel
Available with the 2LS trim:
  • Long wheel base
  • Short wheel base
  • Steel wheels
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable (optional)
Available with the 2LS trim:
  • Brake assist system
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Emergency call system
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Rear-wheel drive
Available with the 2LS trim:
  • Bluetooth (optional)
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • MP3-CD player (optional)
  • Navigation system
  • Power door locks (optional)
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors (optional)
  • Rear view camera (optional)
  • Touchscreen (optional)
  • USB port for front passengers (optional)
  • WiFi (optional)

2LT trim features and specs

Available with the 2LT trim:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Front seats electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Power steering
  • Spare wheel
Available with the 2LT trim:
  • Long wheel base
  • Short wheel base
  • Steel wheels
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable (optional)
Available with the 2LT trim:
  • Brake assist system
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Emergency call system
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Rear-wheel drive
Available with the 2LT trim:
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • MP3-CD player
  • Navigation system
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors (optional)
  • Rear view camera (optional)
  • Touchscreen (optional)
  • USB port for front passengers (optional)
  • WiFi (optional)

LS trim features and specs

Available with the LS trim:
  • Center arm rest between front seats (optional)
  • Electric windows (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
  • Multifunction steering wheel (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Front seats electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Power steering
  • Spare wheel
Available with the LS trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • Long wheel base
  • Regular cab
  • Short wheel base
  • Steel wheels
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable (optional)
Available with the LS trim:
  • Brake assist system (optional)
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag (optional)
  • Front-passenger airbag (optional)
  • Side curtain airbag (optional)
  • Stability control (optional)
  • Tire pressure indicator (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Rear-wheel drive
Available with the LS trim:
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • CD player (optional)
  • Computer (optional)
  • Cruise control (optional)
  • Digital cockpit
  • MP3-CD player (optional)
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Power door locks (optional)
  • Radio (optional)
  • Rear sensors (optional)
  • Rear view camera (optional)

LT trim features and specs

Available with the LT trim:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Front seats have lumbar support (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
  • Multifunction steering wheel (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Front seats electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Power steering
  • Spare wheel
Available with the LT trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Fog lights (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • Long wheel base
  • Short wheel base
  • Steel wheels (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable (optional)
Available with the LT trim:
  • Brake assist system (optional)
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side curtain airbag (optional)
  • Stability control (optional)
  • Tire pressure indicator (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Rear-wheel drive
Available with the LT trim:
  • Bluetooth (optional)
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • CD player
  • Computer (optional)
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • MP3-CD player (optional)
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Power door locks
  • Radio (optional)
  • Rear sensors (optional)
  • Rear view camera (optional)
  • USB port for front passengers (optional)

1LT trim features and specs

Available with the 1LT trim:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Front seats electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Power steering
  • Spare wheel
Available with the 1LT trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • Long wheel base
  • Short wheel base
  • Standard roof
  • Steel wheels (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable (optional)
Available with the 1LT trim:
  • Brake assist system
  • Collision warning system (optional)
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Emergency call system (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Lane departure warning (optional)
  • Overtaking sensors (optional)
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Rear-wheel drive
Available with the 1LT trim:
  • Bluetooth (optional)
  • CD player (optional)
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist (optional)
  • MP3-CD player (optional)
  • Navigation system
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors (optional)
  • Rear view camera (optional)
  • Touchscreen (optional)
  • USB port for front passengers (optional)
  • WiFi (optional)

1LS trim features and specs

Available with the 1LS trim:
  • Center arm rest between front seats (optional)
  • Electric windows (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
  • Multifunction steering wheel (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Front seats electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Power steering
  • Spare wheel
Available with the 1LS trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • Long wheel base
  • Short wheel base
  • Standard roof
  • Steel wheels
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable (optional)
Available with the 1LS trim:
  • Brake assist system
  • Collision warning system (optional)
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Emergency call system (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Lane departure warning (optional)
  • Overtaking sensors (optional)
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Rear-wheel drive
Available with the 1LS trim:
  • Bluetooth (optional)
  • CD player (optional)
  • Computer
  • Cruise control (optional)
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist (optional)
  • MP3-CD player (optional)
  • Navigation system
  • Power door locks (optional)
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors (optional)
  • Rear view camera (optional)
  • Touchscreen (optional)
  • USB port for front passengers (optional)
  • WiFi (optional)

Overview

Learn about the Chevrolet Express

Summary

Featuring solid construction and a wealth of possible customizations, the Chevrolet Express is an excellent full-size van for those Canadian drivers who want it all. The vehicle offers top-of-the-line towing capacities, as well as an immense amount of cargo space. Available in three different-sized models with two trim options, the Express can be tailored to accommodate whatever your particular needs might be.

Although some drivers find the van’s lack of standard technological features to be a turn-off, the Chevrolet Express doesn’t cut corners when it comes to safety. With reasonable fuel efficiency, the Express is a solid investment.

Safety

All models of the Chevrolet Express come standard with an array of basic safety features, such as front, side and curtain airbags, as well as four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) to help you safely stop your vehicle in adverse conditions. Additionally, the van is outfitted with StabiliTrak® that automatically intervenes when it senses loss of lateral traction. In later models around 2013,  side curtain airbags, a rearview camera and rear parking sensors are optional.

Interior

Available as a cargo or passenger van in 1500, 2500 and 3500 models, as well as in LS and LT Trims, the Express offers Canadians a great amount of versatility. Although brand new Chevrolet Express vans can be outfitted with a variety of equipment packages to best accommodate your needs, older models will vary depending on the vehicle's prior use. 

As the names suggest, the Passenger Express lets you customize seating options for those riding along with you, while the Cargo model features shelves, racks and other equipment storage options to suit the job at hand. Depending on the model, the Express can be equipped with up to 15 seats. However, it’s worth mentioning that no vehicle in this class boasts much in the way of an upscale interior, instead favouring utilitarian design.

Technology

Despite being a workhorse, the Chevrolet Express offers very little in the way of basic features outside of safety. However, Express models from later than 2016 have the option of adding Chevrolet’s infotainment system with navigation. This 6.5-inch colour touchscreen display is easy to use and has Bluetooth connectivity to make voice commands easy. 

Older models, like the 2007, are lacking in tech compared to other vehicles in its class, but they do have the basics as standard, such as air-conditioning and anti-theft system.

Space

Offered in a range of wheelbases and seating configurations, the Chevrolet Express offers drivers an abundance of cargo space. New standard 2500 Passenger trim models offer a maximum payload capacity of up to 2,557 lbs. If upgraded to a 2.8 L Duramax® Turbo-Diesel four-cylinder engine, the Express is capable of hauling up to 6,300 lbs.

Comfort

The Chevrolet Express might not provide drivers with the most luxurious of interiors, but when it comes to space, there are few options that can match the vehicle’s specs. Older models even from 1999 offer a choice of four powerful V8 engines to best suit your needs. Additionally, the 2500 and 3500 Chevrolet Express vans came with a diesel engine option. Recent standard 2500 Passengers provide gas mileage of 21.4 L/100 km in the city and 14.7 L/100 km on the highway. 

Frequently asked questions

In 2015, a 4.8, 5.3 or 6.0 L V8 gas or 6.6 L diesel were available, depending on the trim. On the 2019 Chevrolet Express, you can choose between a 4.3 L V6 T, 5.3 L V8 and a 2.8 L diesel.

The Chevrolet Express is a full-size van available in passenger or cargo builds with a regular or extended wheelbase.

A new 2019 Chevrolet Express starts at $39,100 for the cargo version or $34,900 for the passenger. A pre-owned version around 10 years old costs approximately $8,000.

The Chevrolet Express is rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive was available on the 1500, until the model was discontinued in 2015.

The Chevrolet Express seats eight or 12 passengers, depending on the model. The 3500 extended wheelbase model can seat 15.