2022 Chevrolet Express 3500 diesel Cargo Van

MSRP $45,000 Est.

Ranked #8 in Fullsize Van

2022 Chevrolet Express 3500 diesel Cargo Van Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 9, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Chevrolet Express 3500 is a very valuable offering from the American Automaker and it is offered as a passenger van and cargo van as well. However, in this review, we are going to dive deep into the Chevrolet Express 3500 Cargo Van Diesel. It is known for its reliability and offers tremendous cargo space and it has been one of the best-selling vans since its inception in 1995. Not much has changed with the van ever since its release. Although it looks quaint for modern-day standards, it has its own niche and prospective buyers. The Diesel version is equipped with an economical and fuel-efficient engine. However, it is not as powerful as the gasoline version. On the plus side, it has an amazing payload and Towing capabilities.

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Pros

Tremendous payload and towing capacity

Efficient diesel-powered engine

Cons

Less Cargo space when compared to some rivals

High roof and the all-wheel-drive option is unavailable

Dated exterior and interior design

What's New?

Removal of power window delete option

New transmission oil cooler

Addition of new CD player option


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$45000

bodystyle

dr Cargo Van

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$45,000 Est. onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Chevrolet Express 3500 diesel Cargo Van in Alfa White color
Alfa White

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


As the name suggests, this Chevrolet Express can carry up to 3500 lbs of load. Sadly, it doesn’t come with a high roof option or an all-wheel-drive system. Apart from that, the exterior and interior design is outdated and a new design would improve its character and personality. Nevertheless, it’s not getting many changes for 2022 except few minor changes which you will see below. All in all, it is a promising van that has been revered for its versatility and immense cargo carrying capacities. There are not many competitors to the Diesel version. However, Some of the key competitors are the GMC Savana 3500 Cargo Van Diesel and the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo Van Diesel.

2022 Chevrolet Express 3500 diesel Cargo Van Features

The Chevrolet Express 3500 Cargo Van diesel is available only in one trim option which makes choosing the trim quite easy. Additionally, it is available in a regular wheelbase and an extended wheelbase. The regular wheelbase is expected to be priced around $33,500 and the extended wheelbase would cost you around $35,500 for the 2022 model year. The Cargo Van is also offered in three engine options, however, we are going to talk about the diesel engine in this review. 

As standard, it comes with features like Vinyl upholstery, Power steering, Hill-start assists, a 12 V power outlet, An electrical theft detection system, Driver Information Center, OnStar & Chevrolet Connected Services capable, Rear Vision Camera, and Tire Pressure Monitoring System. As you can see, it really impresses you with its modern and safety features despite being a Cargo Van. Apart from offering a decent features list, the diesel engine also offers decent fuel economy for a Van. Now, let’s have a look at the other features in the table below.

Trim

Regular Wheelbase

Extended wheelbase

MSRP

$32,500

$34,400

Key Features

Vinyl upholstery

Extended cargo area

 

Higher payload capacity 3,280 lbs

Increased cargo storage area

 

Power steering

Power steering

 

Transmission/ brake shift interlocks

Transmission/ brake shift interlocks

 

Hill-start assist

Hill-start assist

 

12 V power outlet

12 V power outlet

 

120 V power outlet

120 V power outlet

 

4G LTE Wifi hotspot capable (optional)

4G LTE Wifi hotspot capable (optional)

 

An electrical theft detection system

An electrical theft detection system

*2021 data used for reference

We Recommend:

Since there is only one trim on offer and two wheelbase options to choose from, things are quite easy when it comes to buying decisions. However, we recommend the extended wheelbase version which unlocks more cargo space to carry heavy loads. The extended wheelbase would offer better practicality for work chores as well. Apart from the standard features, it also comes with other optional features like Bluetooth, Keyless entry and remote start, Blind-spot monitoring, Forward collision warning, and Lane departure warning. Moreover, it offers some additional packages like the Driver convenience package which includes a tilt steering wheel mounted with cruise control, and a Cold climate package which includes features like an engine block heater and auxiliary heat generator.

Release date:

The production of the new Chevrolet Express 3500 Diesel Cargo Van is speculated to start by November 22nd and would go on sale by the end of 2021.

2022 Chevrolet Express 3500 diesel Cargo Van Engine and Performance

The Chevrolet Express Cargo Van is equipped with three engine options with two enthusiastic V6 and V8 gasoline-powered engine options. However, the diesel trim is equipped with a 2.8 liter Duramax inline 4 diesel engine which cranks out 181 hp @ 5400 rpm and 369 lb-ft of torque @ 2000 rpm. Chevrolet claims that the diesel engine is the most fuel-efficient one in its engine group. This inline-4 diesel engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission which works pretty well and distributes all the power equally to the rear wheels. It would have delivered better performance if it had the all-wheel-drive system.

These Cargo Vans are not so good at offering impressive performance but they perform very well in different areas. With its 369 lb-ft of massive torque output, it is capable of carrying loads up to 2500 lbs and with the extended wheelbase version, you can carry even more loads and also provides an amazing towing capacity. However, the performance figures like 0-60 mph time, quarter-mile time, and the top speed of the diesel engine remain unspecified.

Models

Chevrolet Express 3500 Cargo Van Diesel

GMC Savana 2500 Cargo Van Diesel

Mercedes Benz Sprinter Cargo Van Diesel

MSRP

$32,500

$32,500

$40,735

Engine 

2.8 liter Duramax inline 4 diesel engine

2.8 liter Duramax inline 4 diesel engine

2.0 liter inline 4 diesel engine

Drivetrain

Rear-wheel drive

Rear-wheel drive

Rear-wheel drive

Transmission

8-Speed automatic 

8-Speed automatic 

7-speed shiftable automatic

Power 

181 hp @ 5400 rpm

181 hp @ 5400 rpm

161 hp @ 3800 rpm

Torque

369 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

369 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

266 ft-lbs. @ 1400 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

N/A

N/A

N/A

Quarter mile (sec)

N/A

N/A

N/A

Top Speed (MPH)

N/A

N/A

N/A

*2021 data used for reference

Among the competition, The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo Van Diesel is the most expensive van off the lot, whereas both Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana offer a powerful engine than the Mercedes Benz. Equipped with the massive 2.8-liter inline-4 diesel engine, the GM twins are expected to offer better performance, yet it fails in terms of curb weight, as the Mercedes Sprinter Van is lighter. The Mercedes Sprinter Van comes with a 2.0-liter inline-4 diesel engine which puts out 161 hp @ 3800 pm and 266 lb-ft of torque at 1400 rpm. It also incorporates an automatic transmission with 7 speeds and channels all the power via a rear-wheel-drive unit.

2022 Chevrolet Express 3500 diesel Cargo Van Fuel Economy

Chevrolet claims that the Express 3500 Cargo Van Diesel is a reasonably efficient Van than the gasoline version. Also, The Chevy Express also boasts a 31-gallon fuel tank to traverse far, without stressing about gas stations very often. With a heavy curb weight, it is expected to offer relatively less fuel efficiency than some of its competitors but quite better when compared to the V6 and V8 gasoline engines on offer. However, the fuel figures of this Van have not been officially revealed.

Models

Chevrolet Express 3500 Cargo Van Diesel

GMC Savana 2500 Cargo Van Diesel

Mercedes Benz Sprinter Cargo Van Diesel

MPG (City)

N/A

N/A

N/A

MPG (Highway)

N/A

N/A

N/A

MPG (Combined)

N/A

N/A

N/A

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

31.0 gal.

31.0 gal.

24.5 gal.

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

N/A

N/A

N/A

*2021 data used for reference

As you can see, the official figures for all these vans are not available. However, both Chevrolet Express 2500 and GMC Savana 3500 share the same fuel tank size of 31 gallons. The Mercedes Benz Sprinter Van, on the other hand, is the lightest vehicle in its class and the least powerful engine as well. On the downside, it comes with the least voluminous fuel tank of 24.5 gallons. As there are no fuel figures for these vans, the driving range also remains unspecified.

2022 Chevrolet Express 3500 diesel Cargo Van Interior

Coming to the interior, nothing much has changed over the years inside the Chevrolet 3500 Cargo Van Diesel. It pretty much remains the same. For starters, it comes with a boxy and sharp-edged dashboard. The steering wheel, on the other hand, looks simple and also comes with single-zone manual air conditioning and other basic comforts like 3 cup holders on the front, driver and front passenger assist handles, rearview mirror with Rear Vision Camera display and the seats come with vinyl upholstery.

As for the dimensions, it offers seating for 2 people with 40.87 inches of the front headroom which is quite a lot. The Shoulder room on offer measures 68.8 inches which is considerably better than its American twin GMC Savana. The front legroom is also quite generous measuring 45.83 inches. Moving on to the cargo capacity, it offers a spacious cargo volume measuring 283.6 cubic feet.

Models

Chevrolet Express 3500 Cargo Van Diesel

GMC Savana 2500 Cargo Van Diesel

Mercedes Benz Sprinter Cargo Van Diesel

Seating Capacity

2

2

2

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

40.87 / 68.86 / 45.83 in

40.8 / 67.9 / 41.3 in

N/A

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

N/A

N/A

N/A

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

283.6 cu-ft.

239.7 cu-ft.

319.0 cu-ft.

*2021 data used for reference

Coming to the cargo capacity, the Mercedes Benz Sprinter comes with the largest cargo space of 319 cu-ft which lets you carry a lot of loads. However, the interior dimensions remain unstated. Unlike the Chevy, the Mercedes Benz comes with a plush-looking interior and maintains the standards of an expensive van. The GMC Savana 3500, on the other hand, comes with a similar-looking interior with 40.8 inches of headroom, 67.9 inches of shoulder room, and 41.3 inches of legroom. Moreover, it comes with the smallest cargo volume of 239.7 cubic feet. Some other standout interior features of the Chevy Express 3500 Cargo Van include:

  • Front bucket with vinyl trim and head restraints
  • Front and side windows defogger
  • Steering wheel steel sleeve column with theft-deterrent locking feature
  • Optional Compass and outside temperature display
  • Single zone Air conditioning
  • Power windows and locks

How intuitive is the Chevrolet Express 3500 Cargo Van Diesel’s infotainment unit?

 You cannot expect much from a Cargo Van and the Chevrolet Express 2500 Cargo Van offers all the basic infotainment features as standard. It does not have an infotainment system, instead, it comes with a small display in the center that lets you access or control the entertainment features. Apart from that, it only offers a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot which is a very amazing feature. Some other infotainment features include:

  • Audio system
  • AM/FM stereo with MP3 player seek-and-scan
  • SiriusXM Radio
  • Auxiliary jack and 2 front door speakers
  • Available Bluetooth connectivity

2022 Chevrolet Express 3500 diesel Cargo Van Exterior

The Chevy follows the conventional boxy design language for the new Chevrolet Express Van as well. Unlike the passenger van, it comes with no windows. Moreover, it gets the same split headlights with a huge front grille with the Chevy logo on the center. Sadly, it doesn’t have a high roof which would let you store more packages and bags. The vertical taillights are subtle and simple. It also gets 16-inch alloy wheels. The Chevy also offers four color options namely red hot, summit white, Black Raven, and Quicksilver Metallic. On the front, the headlights are dual halogen composite. On the whole, it is an old-school-looking large van with a simple and minimalistic design. There is nothing much new about it.

Coming to the exterior dimensions, the Chevrolet Express measures a length of 224.1 inches, a width of 79.3 inches, and happens to be the shortest vehicle in its class measuring 84.8 inches. It also offers a shorter wheelbase of 135.2 inches and a great ground clearance of 8.6 resulting in a good clearance while driving on rough roads and terrains. Moreover, it is also the heaviest car in the segment weighing 5261 lbs. With a short wheelbase of 135.2 inches, it is expected to handle decently in corners.

Models

Chevrolet Express 3500 Cargo Van Diesel

GMC Savana 2500 Cargo Van Mercedes Benz Sprinter Cargo Van Diesel Diesel

Mercedes Benz Sprinter Cargo Van Diesel

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5261 lb.

5261 lb.

4806 lb.

Length (in.)

224.1 in.

224.1 in.

233.5 in.

Width (in.)

79.3 in.

79.3 in.

79.5 in.

Height (in.)

84.8 in.

84.8 in.

96.3 in.

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.6 in.

8.6 in.

N/A

Wheelbase (in.)

135.2 in.

135.2 in.

144.0 in.

*2021 data used for reference

In comparison, The Mercedes Benz Sprinter Cargo Van Diesel is the lightest van in its class weighing 4806 lbs, whereas both the GM twins weigh the highest with a curb weight of 5261 lbs. When it comes to length, the Mercedes Benz Sprinter is the clear winner. It also leads its rivals to be the tallest in the segment measuring 96.3 inches. Both GMC Savana and Chevy Express share the same body style and everything. Some other standout features you can find in the Chevrolet Express include

  • Black outside manual-folding Mirrors
  • Solar-Ray deep-tinted Glass
  • Black composite Grille
  • Front License plate kit
  • swing-out passenger-side door
  • swing-out side door windows
  • 16-inch alloy wheels

2022 Chevrolet Express 3500 diesel Cargo Van Safety

Unlike the exterior and interior design, the Chevrolet has thrown in some modern and advanced safety features. However, it has not been rated by the NHTSA or IIHS yet. Also, the 2021 model’s ratings are not available. As standard, it offers features like Daytime Running Lamps, StabiliTrak, traction assistance and vehicle stability enhancement system, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Brake/transmission shift interlock for automatic transmissions, front driver, and right-front passenger airbags, steel-side door beams. Apart from that, you get some standout and optional features like

  • Rearview camera
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane departure warning
  • Hill Start Assist

2022 Chevrolet Express 3500 diesel Cargo Van Competition

2022 Chevrolet Express 3500 Cargo Van Diesel vs 2022 GMC Savana 3500 Cargo Van Diesel 

 The GMC Savana 2500 is the alternative option to the Chevy Express. Both these vans are pretty much the same. Starting from the performance to the interior looks and dimensions, to the exterior design, everything is just the same except the logo on the front. However, the Chevy Express offers a better cargo area. Hence it seems to be a better cargo van for delivering packages.

2022 Chevrolet Express 3500 Cargo Van Diesel vs 2022 Mercedes Benz Sprinter Cargo Van Diesel:

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo Van Diesel is a luxury-based Cargo Van from the German luxury automaker. On paper, it falls short in terms of power output, but due to its lightweight nature, there are high chances that it could perform better than the Chevy Express. Also, it offers better cargo space and the interiors are a better place to be in. Moreover, it comes with a tremendous cargo space comparatively. The only place where it lags behind is the fuel tank size which is slightly lesser than the Chevy Express 2500 Cargo Van. The Mercedes Benz Sprinter comes as a better option here.

2022 Chevrolet Express 3500 diesel Cargo Van Final Verdict

The Chevrolet Express 3500 Cargo Van Diesel is one among the few vans which still retain the same old traditional design language and interior but it has its own prospective buyers. Although, it has become quaint in terms of design and performance. It offers great practicality and versatility. It is still a good van when it comes to carrying heavy loads and towing. It also comes at a very affordable price. All in all, it is a very affordable offering in this segment and value for money too.