The Chevrolet Express full-size van, has been around for many years but is also the last of its breed. While other automakers have gone to unibody vans based on European designs, Chevrolet (and its GMC sibling) are the last van to use a traditional body on frame construction and offer a V8 engine for the cargo and passenger variants.
This year, a 6.6L gas engine replaces the previously available 6.0. It's a new GM V8 designed for heavy duty applications.
If you want a cargo van, Chevrolet offers the 2500 in regular and extended wheelbase versions and the same in heavier-hauling 3500. Cargo comes in a work-ready WT trim only, though it offers a choice of a 4.3L V6, a 6.6L V8, or a 2.8L four-cylinder turbodiesel. All drive the rear wheels.
On the passenger van side, the difference being windows in the back that come standard as well as more seats, 2500 and 3500 regular wheelbase versions are offered. Extended is offered on 3500 only. It has the same engine choices as the cargo version, but comes in LS and slightly upscale LT trims.
WT trim vans come with power windows and locks, an AM/FM stereo with MP3 aux jack, vinyl seats, and A/C. Despite the low-tech audio system, it does come with 4G LTE WiFi hotspot capability. The rear floor is black rubber, but that's what a work truck is all about.
LS passenger versions are similarly equipped but have tinted glass standard on all windows behind the driver. They also have seating for up to 12 but keep the rubberized floor covering. Passenger models have auxiliary hot and cold vents for the rear and a cloth headliner for passenger comfort. LT adds rear AC, remote keyless entry, cloth seats, rear carpeting, and replaces some of the black exterior trim with chrome.
Most of the Express cargo's options are to help it do other things. Like an ambulance preparation package and one for hotel shuttles. The Driver Convenience package adds tilt steering and cruise control. Larger and extra batteries, roof racks, and more glass can be optioned as can higher-spec infotainment including one with a 6.5-inch touchscreen and navigation.
On LS passenger, the options are similar but a passenger-side sliding door is offered and driver aids like rear park assist, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and forward collision alert. LT options match the LS.
Because of the heavy gross vehicle weight rating of the Express models, Chevrolet is not required to give a fuel economy estimate.
The Express competes with the Ford Transit, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, and Ram ProMaster vans, though those offer a more modern experience with likely better economy though lower maximum towing capacity. Nissan's NV vans offer a similar truck-like experience.
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