2022 Chevrolet Express 2500 diesel Passenger Van

MSRP $45,000 Est.

Ranked #8 in Fullsize Van

2022 Chevrolet Express 2500 diesel Passenger Van Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 10, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2022 Chevrolet Express 2500 Passenger Van will be coming with some minor changes as it went through some evident changes with the 2021 model year. Overall, it will be a carryover model. The 2021 Express 2500 brought a new powertrain option with the 6.6L L8T V8 engine to the lineup. Now you get three engine options to choose from. The options include two gasoline engine options and one diesel engine option.

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Pros

Value for money package

Keyless ignition

Spacious cabin

Cruise control

Cons

Outdated cabin

No automatic climate control

Lacks power liftgate

What's New?

No major changes for the 2022 model year


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$45000

bodystyle

4dr Passenger Van

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$45,000 Est. onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Chevrolet Express 2500 diesel Passenger Van in Borasco Grey Metallic color
Borasco Grey Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


The powertrain of choice for the article is the diesel Express 2500 Passenger Van with a 2.8-liter DURAMAX turbo-diesel V8. The engine also does duty in the GMC Savana lineup. The Chevy Express 2500 comes in three different configurations including Cargo, Passenger, and Cutaway variants. We will be reviewing the Chevy Express 2500 Passenger Van Diesel in this article. The 2022 Chevrolet Express 2500 Passenger Van Diesel competes against the likes of the 2022 GMC Savana 2500 Passenger Van Diesel, 2021 Ford Transit Crew Van Diesel, and the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Passenger Van.

2022 Chevrolet Express 2500 diesel Passenger Van Features

The 2022 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van Diesel comes in two different trim levels namely LS and LT trim. The LS trim gets features like 16-inch steel wheels, front and rear air conditioning, power windows and locks, vinyl upholstery, a swing-out door with a 60/40 split on the passenger side, a rearview camera, GM's OnStar communications, and a two-speaker audio system as standard. The LT trim adds front and rear chrome bumpers, remote door locks, full-floor carpeting, tilting steering wheel, lane departure warning, and forward-collision warning. 

Trim

LS

LT

MSRP

$38,995*

$40,995*

Key Features

16-inch steel wheels

Front and rear chrome bumpers

 

Front and rear air conditioning

Remote door locks

 

Power windows and locks

Full-floor carpeting

 

Vinyl upholstery

Tilting steering wheel

 

Swing-out door with a 60/40 split on the passenger side

Lane departure warning

 

Rearview camera

Forward collision warning

 

GM's OnStar communications

Heavy-duty trailering package (Optional)

 

Two-speaker audio system

Upgraded audio system (Optional)

We recommend

The 2022 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van 2500 Diesel is more inclined towards practicality over modern tech and creature comforts. The buyers in the segment also look for the same. We recommend going for the LT trim as it gets all the features that you expect from a passenger van. You can also go with the heavy-duty trailering package to further enhance the practicality of the van.

Release Date

The 2022 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van 2500 Diesel is expected to release sometime in the fall of 2021 along with the GMC Savana lineup. Production is expected to start in November of 2021 according to the GM Authority.

2022 Chevrolet Express 2500 diesel Passenger Van Engine and Performance

The 2022 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van 2500 Diesel is powered by a 2.8-liter DURAMAX turbo-diesel V8 engine. The engine is tried and tested and does duty in some of the other vehicles also in the General Motors lineup. The engine produces a peak power of 181 horsepower and a peak torque of 389 lb.-ft of torque. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and the power is sent to the rear wheels. 

The diesel engine is not designed for performance but it does the job very well. The engine produces enough torque to pull the heavy van with all the passengers without any hesitation. If you want better performance and outright acceleration, you can go with the 6.6L V8 gasoline engine. But buyers in the segment will not care much about performance, as you do not buy a passenger van to have fun from behind the wheels. It is rather meant for practicality and the Chevy Express 2500 diesel does a great job there. 

The Chevy Express 2500 Diesel feels effortless to drive which is a good thing for a van. The class-leading torque will impress the buyers as it is capable of towing some impressive weight with the Express 2500 van. The driving dynamics do not really matter in the segment for the same reasons mentioned above. The only concern is that it should be easy to drive and the Chevy Express Passenger Van Diesel does that for sure. The ride quality is also not an issue with the Chevy Express 2500 and it feels planted on the road considering it is a heavy vehicle. The ride feels composed and comfortable for most driving situations.

Models

2022 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van 2500 Diesel

2022 GMC Savana 2500 Passenger Van Diesel

2021 Ford Transit Crew Van Diesel

2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Passenger Van

MSRP

$38,995 (expected)

$37,600

$42,060

$36,840

Engine 

2.8-liter DURAMAX turbo-diesel V8

2.8-liter DURAMAX turbo-diesel V8

2.0 L Inline-4

2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-Speed Automatic

6-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

Power (hp)

181

181

211

208

Torque (lb-ft)

389

389

369

258

0-60 MPH (sec)

N/A

N/A

N/A

10

Quarter mile (sec)

N/A

N/A

N/A

17.2

Top Speed (MPH)

N/A

N/A

N/A

100

The 2022 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van 2500 Diesel and the 2022 GMC Savana 2500 Passenger Van Diesel come powered by the same diesel engine. The power and torque output also remain the same and the engine behavior is similar too. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Passenger Van does not come with a diesel powertrain and you can only have it with a gasoline engine. The Metris Passenger Van goes from 0 to 60 mph in 10 seconds while it takes 17.2 seconds to complete the quarter-mile run. The 2021 Ford Transit Crew Van Diesel has a slightly more powerful diesel engine but the torque remains less than the Chevy and GMC counterparts.

2022 Chevrolet Express 2500 diesel Passenger Van Fuel Economy

We do not know the exact fuel economy figures of the Chevrolet Express 2500 Passenger Van with the diesel powertrain. Considering it is a small engine that produces enough power that it does not need to struggle to pull the Express 2500, we can expect a respectable fuel economy. You can not expect some impressive fuel economy figures though, as the Chevy Express 2500 is a heavy van in itself and it can carry up to 12 passengers at a time. Chevy understands this fact well, and that is why they have equipped it with a big 31-gallon fuel tank. 

Models

2022 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van 2500 Diesel

2022 GMC Savana 2500 Passenger Van Diesel

2021 Ford Transit Crew Van Diesel

2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Passenger Van

MPG (City)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

MPG (Highway)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

MPG (Combined)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

31

31

25.1

18.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

None of the vans in the segment have released their fuel economy figures for the engine configuration we are comparing in this article. Since the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Passenger Van is the only gasoline-powered van in the competition, we expect the least fuel economy from the van. It also comes with the smallest fuel tank with a maximum capacity of 18.5 gallons. The 2021 Ford Transit Crew Van Diesel comes with a 25.1-gallon fuel tank. The GM brothers come with the biggest fuel tank in the segment where both of them can hold 31 gallons of fuel.

2022 Chevrolet Express 2500 diesel Passenger Van Interior

The 2022 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van 2500 Diesel will not welcome you with a premium and luxurious cabin. The cabin layout is decent and it is similar to what you get in other passenger vans in the segment. The dashboard is well laid out and simplicity is the theme of the dashboard. You do not get many modern bits inside the cabin and do not even expect advanced tech over there. Everything is designed for practicality and to keep things easier. The interior design of the 2022 Chevy Express 2500 Passenger Van is such that it will never grow old as there is nothing special about the cabin.

All the controls are well laid out and you do not get confused while using the controls. The driving position is rather comfortable which makes it easier to drive for longer hours. The outside visibility is good especially for the front, and the rearview camera takes care of the rear visibility of the van very well. The seats are comfortable and offer good support to passengers of all sizes. The Chevy Express Passenger Van can accommodate a maximum of 12 passengers inside the cabin.

Models

2022 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van 2500 Diesel

2022 GMC Savana 2500 Passenger Van Diesel

2021 Ford Transit Crew Van Diesel

2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Passenger Van

Seating Capacity

12

12

10

7

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.85/68.85/41.35

40.85/68.85/41.35

40.8/67.9/41.3

39.6/62.6/35.8

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.4/68.6/36.3

38.4/68.6/36.3

41.1/71.4/33.7

41.4/64.9/35.8

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.5/65.7/36.5

38.5/65.7/36.5

40.6/67/35.6

41.5/61.2/35.8

Fourth Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.5/65.7/36.5

38.5/69.1/36.5

N/A

N/A

Cargo Capacity (Cu. ft.)

N/A

N/A

220.4

37.4

The 2022 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van 2500 Diesel and the 2022 GMC Savana 2500 Passenger Van Diesel share the specs in terms of the interior too. Both passenger vans can accommodate a maximum of 12 passengers inside the cabin which is the best in the segment. The space between the seats also remains similar. The 2021 Ford Transit Crew Van Diesel offers seats for 10 passengers. The space inside the Ford Transit is not an issue at all as you get plenty of space to stretch out your legs. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Passenger Van can accommodate only seven passengers in the cabin. Ford’s oneness lies in its ability to provide ample passenger space without compromising on the cargo capacity. It sports a trunk volume of 220.4 cu.-ft which is more than you’ll ever require. 

Standout interior features:

  • Full-floor carpeting
  • Tilting wheel
  • Front and rear air conditioning
  • Power windows and locks

What is there to keep you entertained in the 2022 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van 2500 Diesel?

The infotainment system of the 2022 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van 2500 Diesel is a big disappointment in 2022. You can not blame General Motors for the basic infotainment system as it is a standard in the segment. Still, people expect Chevy to offer a touchscreen as standard in 2022. The Chevrolet Express 2500 Passenger Van comes with a basic infotainment system where you can use auxiliary ports or Bluetooth connectivity to play some music. 

The standard audio system is not impressive as it comes with a pretty basic 2-speaker audio system. Chevy offers the option to equip your Express 2500 Passenger Van with an optional 6.5-inch touchscreen system. The screen supports features like an inbuilt navigation system, USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, and a CD player. 

Infotainment features include:

  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • 2-speaker audio system
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment display (Optional)
  • Bluetooth connectivity (Optional)

2022 Chevrolet Express 2500 diesel Passenger Van Exterior

Similar to the interior layout, the exterior design of the 2022 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van 2500 Diesel also remains simple and subtle. The exterior styling of the Chevy Express 2500 is what you expect from a passenger van. There is no major change in the exterior design of the van in quite a few years. People buying a Passenger Van do not really care about the exterior styling of the van as their priority is to carry more people inside the cabin with comfort. 

The design of the 2022 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van 2500 Diesel is based on practicality. The long-wheelbase makes it look like an extended van from the sides. The front end remains subtle with a chrome line running in the center of the front grille. The 2022 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van 2500 Diesel is based on GM GMT 610 platform. The halogen headlights look plain and you also get turn indicators below the headlights. 

Models

2022 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van 2500 Diesel

2022 GMC Savana 2500 Passenger Van Diesel

2021 Ford Transit Crew Van Diesel

2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Passenger Van

Curb Weight (lbs)

N/A

N/A

N/A

3933

Length (inches)

223.95

223.95

219.9

202.4

Width (inches)

79.25

79.25

81.3

75.9

Height (inches)

84.5

84.5

82.2

74.4

Ground Clearance (inches)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase (inches)

135.2

135.2

130

126

The 2022 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van 2500 Diesel and the 2022 GMC Savana 2500 Passenger Van Diesel are similar in terms of exterior dimensions also. The GM brothers are the longest vans in the segment beating the Ford Transit and the Merc’s Metris. The wheelbase is also the longest in the Chevy Express and the GMC Savana. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Passenger Van comes with the smallest wheelbase in the segment. The width also goes in the favor of the GM brothers making them bigger in almost every dimension.

Standout exterior features:

  • 16-inch wheels
  • All-season tires
  • Swing-out door with a 60/40 split on the passenger side
  • Chrome grille
  • Dual halogen composite headlamps
  • Manual folding outside rearview mirrors

2022 Chevrolet Express 2500 diesel Passenger Van Safety

The 2022 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van 2500 Diesel comes equipped with everything that you expect from a passenger van in terms of safety and more as standard. It is obvious that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have not crash-tested the 2022 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van 2500 Diesel. The GM GMT 610 has been proven to be one of the safe platforms over a period of time. You also get plenty of driver assistance features that are common in the segment and some more. 

The safety features include:

  • Engine immobilizer
  • Lane departure warning
  • Post-collision safety system
  • Stability control
  • Traction control
  • Tire pressure monitoring

2022 Chevrolet Express 2500 diesel Passenger Van Competition

2022 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van 2500 Diesel vs. 2022 GMC Savana 2500 Passenger Van Diesel

The 2022 GMC Savana 2500 Passenger Van Diesel and the 2022 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van 2500 Diesel share the same platform. They do not only share the platform but there are a lot of similarities between the two vans. They share the exact same specifications, same engine, same seating configuration, similar design language with some small differences, and with similar DNA. You can go with any one of the two as they both offer an excellent package. 

2022 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van 2500 Diesel vs. 2021 Ford Transit Crew Van Diesel

The Ford Transit Crew Van Diesel is a more compact truck compared to the 2022 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van 2500 Diesel. Ford Transit Crew Van can accommodate lesser passengers compared to the Chevy Express 2500 Passenger Van. The only advantage of the Ford Transit Crew Cab is the modern design language that it follows and slightly better performance. But if carrying passengers and towing heavyweight is your priority, then the 2022 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van 2500 Diesel comes out as a better option. 

2022 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van 2500 Diesel vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Passenger Van

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Passenger Van comes with a more luxurious cabin compared to the Chevy Express. The Mercedes logo in the front also helps it stand out from other vans in the segment. But you can not ignore the fact the 2022 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van 2500 can carry five more passengers compared to the Merc. The towing capacity of the Chevy Express 2500 Passenger Van is also higher than the Mercedes-Benz Metris Passenger Van. To sum it up, the 2022 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van 2500 Diesel comes out as a more practical van. 

2022 Chevrolet Express 2500 diesel Passenger Van Final Verdict

The 2022 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van 2500 Diesel is an excellent van if you are looking for a practical and fuel-efficient passenger van in the market. If you can get over the outdated design language of the interior and the exterior of the van, then it offers impressive towing capacity. The reliability of the van over the years makes it an even more attractive package in the segment. To conclude things, the 2022 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van 2500 Diesel serves the purpose it is meant for without any resistance.