2017 Chevrolet City Express

#18
in Midsize vans
2017 MODEL

$22,405 - $23,515

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Overview

The 2017 Chevrolet City Express Minivan is a perfect choice if its intended use is mostly within city limits. The minivan has a decent mileage and cargo volume making it a suitable for small businesses. Additionally, the minivan has sliding doors at both the sides along with a 180 degree opening rear door, which simplifies loading and unloading of cargo.

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Pros

Affordable with low base price

Efficient 4-cylinder engine

Slow acceleration

Cons

Telescoping steering wheel is not available

Less cargo area than rivals

A bit harder seat cushions

What's New?

Remains unchanged for 2017 other than availability of some optional features


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$22405

bodystyle

4dr Minivan

passenger capacity

2

top speed

110 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu. in.

horsepower

131 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

139 lb.-ft. @ 4900 rpm

transmission

cvt

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

rear leaf suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11 in. ventilated front disc/11.14 in. drum brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

115.2 in.

length

186.3 in.

width

68.1 in.

height

73.7 in.

curb weight

3260 lbs.

ground clearance

6.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

55.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

122.7 cu ft.

payload capacity

1500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.9 sec.

standing ¼-mile

17.5 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

171 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/25/26 mpg

highway range

377 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/100000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/100000 miles

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Chevrolet City Express in Galvanized Silver color  2017 Chevrolet City Express in Furnace Red color  2017 Chevrolet City Express in Designer White color  2017 Chevrolet City Express in Blue Ink color  2017 Chevrolet City Express in Black Pipe color
Galvanized Silver

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Variant Name

MSRP


 2017 Chevrolet City Express LS

LS

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 2

$22,405

Configurations
LS 4dr Minivan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
Seating: 2 HP: 131-hp @ 5,200 rpm
Torque: 139 lbs.-ft. @ 4,900 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG (24/25/26)

 2017 Chevrolet City Express LT

LT

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 2

$23,515

Configurations
LT 4dr Minivan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
Seating: 2 HP: 131-hp @ 5,200 rpm
Torque: 139 lbs.-ft. @ 4,900 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG (24/25/26)

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial October 25, 2018

Chevrolet's City Express Minivan was launched in 2014 and designed particularly for small businesses with moderate cargo carriage requirements. The minivan comes with plenty of features that make it a highly practical and functional commercial vehicle. Disappointingly, the 2017 Chevrolet City Express Minivan has no major upgrades over its older 2016 model.

Delivering the power to the 2017 Chevrolet City Express Minivan is a 2.0L I-4 engine that works in conjunction with a CVT automatic transmission. Additionally, the City Express employs a front-wheel-drive mechanism and there is no option of an AWD. The payload capacity of the minivan is 1500 lbs., which is impressive.

In the minivan segment, the Chevrolet City Express has to compete with three other vehicles namely the Nissan NV200 S, Ram ProMaster City and the Ford Transit Connect Cargo. We need to go through a comprehensive comparison to see where the 2017 Chevrolet City Express Minivan stands among its competition.

 

Features

Chevrolet offers its 2017 City Express Minivan in two different trims, viz. LS and LT. In terms of performance, both the trims are equivalent but there are slight differences in their convenience-related features. Looking at the MSRP, the LS trim comes at $22,405 while the LT trim is priced a little higher at $23,515.

Trim LS LT
MSRP $22,405 $23,515
Key

 

Features

Driver Information Center

 

2-speaker AM/FM radio system with CD player

Manual air conditioning

Interior, map, and cargo-area lighting

Grille, dark silver with black accents

Reinforced mounting points (weld nuts)

Driver Information Center

 

2-speaker AM/FM radio system with CD player

Manual air conditioning

Interior, map, and cargo-area lighting

Bluetooth for phone

Remote keyless entry

Heated outside power-adjustable black mirrors

Rear Park Assist

Driver Information Center Driver Information Center
2-speaker AM/FM radio system with CD player 2-speaker AM/FM radio system with CD player
Manual air conditioning Manual air conditioning
Interior, map, and cargo-area lighting Interior, map, and cargo-area lighting
Grille, dark silver with black accents Bluetooth for phone
Reinforced mounting points (weld nuts) Remote keyless entry
  Heated outside power-adjustable black mirrors
  Rear Park Assist

The key features of the LS trim include driver information centre, air conditioning, sliding rear doors, foldable passenger seat and entertainment system with AM/FM and CD support. Moving on to the LT trim of the 2017 Chevrolet City Express, it provides additional features over LS trim including heated mirrors, rear park assist and a 12V power outlet. In addition to the standard features, two optional packages viz. technology package and appearance package, are also available with both the trims.

Engine

Engine & Transmission

Under the hood, the 2017 Chevrolet City Express Minivan houses a 2.0-Liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 131 hp of power at a maximum 5200 rpm. Additionally, the engine supplies 139 lbs.-ft. of torque to the minivan for revving on the roads. The Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) employed in the minivan eliminates the need of shifting gears manually.

Models Chevrolet city express LS Nissan NV200

S Minivan

Ram ProMaster City Tradesman Cargo Ford Transit Connect Cargo XL
MSRP $22,405 $21,330 $23,495 $23,010
Engine 2.0L l4 2.0L l4 2.4L l4 2.5L l4
Transmission CVT automatic CVT automatic 9-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
Horsepower 131 hp @ 5200 rpm 131 hp @ 5200 rpm 178 hp @ 6400 rpm 169 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque 139 lb-ft @ 4900 rpm 139 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm 174 lb-ft @ 3800 rpm 171 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

Apart from the Nissan NV200 S, both the Ram ProMaster City and Ford Transit Connect offers better engine power and torque than the Chevrolet City Express minivan. The Nissan NV employs the same CVT transmission as that of City Express. Whereas, a 9-speed automatic and 6-speed automatic transmission can be found on the Ram ProMaster and Ford Transit Connect respectively.

 

Acceleration

Analyzing the acceleration capability of the 2017 Chevrolet City Express Minivan, it has a 0-60 mph time of 9.9 seconds. On the other hand, the Ram ProMaster offers better acceleration with 9.6 seconds of 0-60 mph time. The quarter-mile time of City Express minivan is 17.5 seconds, which is better than the ProMaster City's 17.9 seconds.

Models Chevrolet city express LS Nissan NV200

 

S Minivan

Ram ProMaster City Tradesman Cargo Ford Transit Connect Cargo XL
0-60 MPH 9.9 10.0 9.6 N/A
Quarter mile 17.5 N/A 17.9 N/A
Engine 2.0L 2.0L 2.4L 2.5L
Emission

 

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.1 7.1 7.4 7.7

Ride and Handling

The 2017 Chevrolet City Express Minivan employs an electric rack & pinion type power steering wheel, which feels light and smooth while maneuvering the minivan. Moreover, the well-dampened suspension system of the City Express makes the ride much comfortable even on the bumpy roads. The acceleration of the minivan is responsive and it easily touches the speed mark of 60 mph. Due to the compact size and a turning radius of just 18.3 feet, the Chevrolet City Express Minivan can easily travel in narrow streets.

Braking

The front brakes utilized in the 2017 Chevrolet City Express have a size of 11.1 inches while the rear brakes are of 9.0 inches. However, the largest brakes can be found in the Ram ProMaster, which corresponds to 12.0-inch at the front and 10.0-inch at the rear.

Model Chevrolet city express LS Nissan NV200

 

S Minivan

Ram ProMaster City Tradesman Cargo Ford Transit Connect Cargo XL
Brake Front (in.) 11.1 11.1 12.0 N/A
Brake Rear (in.) 9.0 9.0 10.0 N/A
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3,260 3,260 3,512 3,505
60-0 MPH (ft.) 143 137 N/A N/A

 

Coming back to the City Express Minivan, it is capable of stopping completely from a speed of 60 mph after covering a distance of 143 ft., while the Nissan's NV200 has a better 137 feet stopping distance.

Fuel Economy

The fuel economy of the 2017 Chevrolet City Express Minivan is remarkable as it offers a combined fuel economy of 25 MPG, which is equal to the Nissan NV 200 but greater than its other two competitors. Breaking down the fuel economy into city and highway conditions, the City Express offers 24 MPG and 26 MPG respectively. Amidst the rivalry, the best fuel economy in the city conditions is again that of the Chevrolet City Express. However, on highways, the Ram ProMaster City rests on the top with its 28 MPG followed by the 27 MPG fuel economy of the Ford Transit Connect.

Model\t Chevrolet city express LS Nissan NV200

 

S Minivan

Ram ProMaster City Tradesman Cargo Ford Transit Connect Cargo XL
MPG (city) 24 24 21 20
MPG (highway) 26 26 28 27
MPG (combined) 25 25 24 23

Interior

Seating and Comfort

Jumping to the seating section of the 2017 Chevrolet City Express Minivan, it offers a maximum seating capacity of 2 passengers. The rear section of the minivan has no seating options and designed only for carrying cargo. Just like the City Express, all of its competitors have a similar seating layout.

Model\t Chevrolet city express LS Nissan NV200

 

S Minivan

Ram ProMaster City Tradesman Cargo Ford Transit Connect Cargo XL
Passenger capacity 2 2 2 2
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 41.7/54.1/42.6 41.7/54.1/42.6 46.0/59.3/40.8 46.8/57.6/41.5

Talking about the comfort level, both the Chevrolet City Express and Nissan NV200 comes with 41.7 inches of headroom, 54.1 inches of shoulder room and 42.6 inches of legroom. If compared with the rest, both the Ram ProMaster City and Ford Transit Connect Cargo XL provides more headroom and shoulder room. The highest headroom of 46.8 inches is offered by the Ford Transit while the Ram ProMaster has the widest shoulder room of 59.3 inches. However, in terms of legroom space, the City Express is at the top place. Clearly, the passenger space of Chevrolet's City Express is not much noteworthy.

Infotainment System

The 2017 Chevrolet City Express Minivan offers a basic music system along with 2 speakers as its standard infotainment system. The music system supports AM/FM reception, auxiliary audio input and CDs. However, it misses out some useful features such as real-time navigation and Bluetooth connectivity.

Interior Features

The Chevrolet City Express offers numerous useful features at its interiors and some of them are as follows:

  • Remote keyless power door locks
  • Heated mirrors
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Front door pockets
  • 6-way manually adjustable driver seat
  • 4-way manually adjustable passenger seat
  • Foldable passenger seat
  • Bucket front seats

Cargo Capacity

Cargo volume is one of the main traits of a minivan and the Chevrolet City Express seems to have no compromise over it. The minivan offers a splendid 122.7 cubic feet of cargo storage for catering to various needs of the owners. From the competition, the Ram ProMaster City Tradesman minivan offers a better storage of 131.7 cubic feet while the capacity of Ford Transit is quite low at 103.9 cubic feet.

Model Chevrolet city express LS Nissan NV200

S Minivan

Ram ProMaster City Tradesman Cargo Ford Transit Connect Cargo XL
Cargo Volume (ft.3) 122.7 122.7 131.7 103.9

Towing Capacity

Model Chevrolet city express LS Nissan NV200

S Minivan

Ram ProMaster City Tradesman Cargo Ford Transit Connect Cargo XL
Towing Capacity (lbs.) N/A N/A 2000 2000

Exterior

Dimension and Weight

With a weight of 3260 lbs., the Chevrolet City Express measures about 186.3 in length, 68.1 inches in width and 73.7 inches in height. Additionally, it has a ground clearance of 6.1 inches, which is pretty good. The wheelbase of the City Express expands to a length of 115.2 inches.

Model Chevrolet city express LS Nissan NV200

 

S Minivan

Ram ProMaster City Tradesman Cargo Ford Transit Connect Cargo XL
Curb weight (lbs.) 3,260 3,260 3,512 3,505
Length(in) 186.3 186.3 187.5 173.9
Width(in) 68.1 68.1 72.1 72.2
Height(in) 73.7 73.7 74.0 72.5
Ground clearance (in) 6.1 6.5 5.1 6.0
Wheelbase (in) 115.2 115.2 122.4 104.8
Track width (in) F/R 60.0/59.8 60.0/59.8 N/A 61.4/61.7

Noticing the competitors, the Nissan NV200 has the same dimensions as that of the Express City except for the higher ground clearance of 6.5 inches. The Ram ProMaster City Tradesman is the longest, tallest and heaviest car while the Ford Transit Connect is widest among all the competing minivans.

Safety

Safety Features

From the safety perspective, the 2017 Chevrolet City Express is not among the extremely safe vehicles due to the lack of hi-tech safety features. Chevrolet has integrated only the basic safety features in the City Express Minivan to meet the vehicle safety standards of the USA. Some of the safety features in Chevrolet's City Express include daytime running headlamps, engine immobilizer, 4-wheel ABS, stability control, emergency braking assist, remote anti-theft alarm and dual-front side-mounted airbags.

  • Six standard airbags, including dual-stage front airbags, side-impact supplemental air bags and roof-mounted curtain airbags for side-impact and rollover protection
  • Four-wheel antilock brake system and electronic brake-force distribution are standard
  • Electronic stability control system is standard

NHTSA and IIHS not rated

Competition

Nissan NV200 S Minivan

Competing with 2017 Chevrolet City Express Minivan is the Nissan's NV200 S, which is priced nearly at $21,330. Looking at its specifications, the Nissan NV200 S boasts almost the same performance and features as that of the City Express. The only difference between the two minivans is that the NV200 S offers lesser 60-0 mph deceleration distance and more ground clearance than the Chevrolet City Express.

Ram ProMaster City Tradesman Cargo

With an MSRP little higher, the Ram ProMaster City Tradesman Cargo is yet another rival of the 2017 Chevrolet City Express Minivan. The vehicle employs a better 2.4 L engine that can churn out 178 hp of power and 174 lbs.-ft. of torque with both figures greater than that of the City Express. Moreover, by observing other parameters, the Ram ProMaster offers an upper hand over the Chevrolet City Express in terms of headroom, shoulder room, cargo capacity, and brake size at both front and rear. On the contrary, the City Express has better fuel economy, ground clearance and legroom space to offer over the Ram ProMaster minivan.

Ford Transit Connect Cargo XL

Another potential minivan that can give a run for money to the Chevrolet City Express is the Ford's Transit Connect Cargo XL. In terms of engine performance, Ford's transit is way better than the City Express as it supplies 169 hp of power and 171 lbs.-ft. of torque. Apart from the engine, the Transit Connect has larger headroom, shoulder room and width than the 2017 Chevrolet City Express Minivan.

Final Verdict

The 2017 Chevrolet City Express Minivan is a perfect choice if its intended use is mostly within city limits. The minivan has a decent mileage and cargo volume making it a suitable for small businesses. Additionally, the minivan has sliding doors at both the sides along with a 180 degree opening rear door, which simplifies loading and unloading of cargo. However, there are better options available than the Chevrolet City Express if one requires a more powerful minivan. Moreover, the Nissan NV 200 S is the best alternative over the City Express because it offers similar features and comes with a relatively lower price tag.

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