Facts about Chevrolet Express Van. The Chevrolet Express is a cargo and passenger van. Depending on the internal configuration, the Chevrolet Express is used as a transportation van for very large families, small carpools, and commercial material movement.
History of the Chevrolet Express Van
The Chevrolet Express van has been manufactured since 1996. The higher trim line, the LT line, came out in 2001. The 6.6 liter Duramax diesel engine was added as an option in 2006.
There was a major recall for Chevy Express vans made in 2003 and 2004 due to corrosion of the fuel pipe on exposure to road salt.
The Chevrolet Express 1500 van was discontinued in 2014, though the larger Chevrolet Express 2500 and Express 3500 continue to be produced.
Design of the Chevrolet Express Van
The Chevrolet Express Van shares its design with the GMC Savana; ironically, the Chevy branded van sells three times as many as the GMC van. The Chevrolet Express has traditionally been available in 1500, 2500, and 3500 versions. The 1500 series is “regular duty”. The 1500 series has a 5.3 liter V8 engine, four speed automatic transmission, and the option to get rear wheel or all wheel drive. The 2500 series is the mid-level van. The 2500 series has a 4.8 liter V8 280 horsepower engine and the option for a 6.0 V8 liter with 323 horsepower. The 3500 is the heavy duty van. The 3500 series comes with a 6 liter V8 engine and rear only drive. The 3500 series has the option of a 260 horsepower 6.6 liter turbo-diesel engine. The 3500 version has a longer wheel base than the smaller series.
The LS trim level is the basic level; this is commonly sold for van fleets. The LT trim level comes with more features.
The Cargo Chevrolet Express have seating for two and towing capacity of 10,000 pounds. The four seat Chevrolet Express van holds 12 passengers, while the fifth row versions hold 15 passengers. All Chevrolet Express vans have a swing out passenger side door, stability control, side curtain airbags and swing out rear doors.
Optional features for the Chevrolet Express include a navigation system, Sirius XM satellite radio, carpeting, rear air conditioning, cruise control, trailering equipment, keyless entry, remove vehicle starter kits, rear vision camera system and rear park assist. The LT trim line comes with the rear air conditioning and nicer seats by default.
Gas, diesel, and compressed natural gas versions of the Chevrolet Express 2500 van are on the market.
There is a cutaway (cab only) version of the Chevy Express van.
Performance of the Chevrolet Express Van
The Chevrolet Express comes with a 5.3 liter V8 engine with 310 horsepower as its standard. The Chevrolet Express gets 11 miles per gallon in the city, around 17 miles per gallon on the highway
Rivals of the Chevrolet Express Van
The man rivals for the Chevrolet Express are the Ram Promaster, Nissan NV1500, Mercedes Benz Sprinter (formally the Dodge Sprinter) and Ford e-series (Econoline) and Transit van.
Trivia about Chevrolet Express Van
The Nissan NV vans use the same numbering system to refer to truck size and capacity as the Chevy vans.
As of 2015, Ford and Chevrolet were the only American car companies that still made their own full size vans.
Hillary Clinton started her 2016 Presidential campaign in a Chevy Express van nicknamed “Scooby”.
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