2019 Chevrolet Express Cargo

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2019 MODEL
$31,900 - $35,800

6.9

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2019 Chevrolet Express Cargo Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Amratya Nigam Automotive Journalist Updated on: November 13, 2019


This dependable cargo hauler still has the rugged and boxy looks from the 70s, but Chevrolet believes, the van does not need a makeover yet. It's a great workhorse and perfectly fits into business and contractor fleets. If you need to tow a trailer or a camper, Chevy offers you up to 10,000 pounds of capacity, which stacks on the top of the competition.

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Pros

New diesel engine

Monumental towing capacity

Cons

Low fuel economy

Subpar handling

Low cargo volume

What's New?

New 8-speed transmission

New 6.0L V8 engine

Standard rearview camera


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$31900

bodystyle

3dr Van

passenger capacity

2

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

262 cu.in.

horsepower

276 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

298 lbs.-ft @ 3900 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Ladder Frame

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear leaf suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

68.1/67.7

dimensions

wheelbase

135 in.

length

224.1 in.

width

79.2 in.

height

84.6 in.

curb weight

5225 lbs.

ground clearance

7.1 in.

capacity

cargo volume

270.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

10000 lbs.

payload capacity

3323 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.1 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.



Styles

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Kinetic Blue Metallic

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Ratings

Engine And Performance

7.0

Interior

6.7

6.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Chevrolet Express Cargo 2500

2500

power
276 hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
TBD

$31,900 - $33,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $31,900 MSRP TBD 276 hp @ 5200 rpm, 4.3 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 2
2500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $33,800 MSRP TBD 276 hp @ 5200 rpm, 4.3 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 2

 2019 Chevrolet Express Cargo 3500

3500

power
276 hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
TBD

$35,000 - $35,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
3500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $35,000 MSRP TBD 276 hp @ 5200 rpm, 4.3 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 2
3500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $35,800 MSRP TBD 276 hp @ 5200 rpm, 4.3 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 2

Expert Review

6.9

Overall Rating


Starting at $30,745, the Chevrolet Express 2500 is the ultimate utilitarian van, whose main priority is to get the job done, without overcomplicating stuff. Although, if you're spending all day hauling cargo around the city, you'd start to notice its shortcomings like the maneuverability, accessibility issues, and the lackluster infotainment.

The competition in this segment may not seem cutthroat from an outsider's point-of-view, but with the reliable Mercedes Sprinter and the feature-rich Ford Transit at its tail, the minimalist Chevy may have a hard time maintaining its grasp on the market. Let's compare them and see how the Express fares.

2020 Chevrolet Express Cargo 2500 Front Three-quarter View
2020 Chevrolet Express Cargo 2500 Front Three-quarter View
2020 Chevrolet Express Cargo 2500 Rear Three-quarter View
2020 Chevrolet Express Cargo 2500 Rear Three-quarter View

 

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

6.7/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Chevrolet Express Cargo Features

There is only one trim in the Chevrolet Express van but you have 4 engine options to choose from as well as an extended wheelbase version if you plan on hauling a lot of cargo.

Model Chevrolet Express WT
MSRP $31,900
Key Features Vortec V8 engine with 276 horsepower and 298 lb.-ft. of torque
  Hydra-Matic 6-speed automatic transmission
  Tap-Up/Tap-Down Driver Shift Control and auto grade braking
  Power windows and door locks

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You should choose the turbodiesel engine option in the Chevrolet Express for the best balance between power and efficiency. You can also choose between the 2500 and 3500 versions for added payload capacity. The extended wheelbase model adds a few cubic feet to the cargo bay.

2019 Chevrolet Express Cargo Engine and Performance

7.0/10

Tidy handling and accurate steering are not among the big Chevy's marching orders. The upgraded V8 engine is responsive, though, and easily gets the van up to highway speeds, even with a full load of passengers. - Edmunds

Equipped with a 4.3L V6 engine mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission, the Chevrolet Express 2500 makes 276 hp and 298 lb-ft. In lieu of the basic engine, you could choose a 341 hp and 373 lb-ft 6.0-Liter VORTEC V8 engine. You can also choose a 181 hp and 369 lb-ft 2.8L inline-4 turbo diesel engine for using the Van as a fleet vehicle.

Models

GMC Savana 2500 regular wheelbase cargo van

Chevrolet Express 2500 Cargo van

Mercedes Benz Sprinter 150 standard roof van

Ford Transit 150 low roof cargo van

Nissan NV2500 HD S cargo van

MSRP

 

$32,490

$33,790

$34,530

$29,340

Engine

4.3L V6

4.3L V6

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

3.7L V6 Regular Unleaded

4.0L V6 Regular Unleaded

Transmission

8 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

9-G Tronic

6 Speed automatic

Continuously variable automatic

Horsepower

276 hp@ 5200rpm

276 hp@ 5200rpm

188 hp@ 5000rpm

275 hp@6000rpm

261 hp@ 5600rpm

Torque

298 ft-lbs@ 3900rpm

298 ft-lbs@ 3900rpm

258 ft-lbs@ 2500rpm

260 ft-lbs@ 4000rpm

281 ft-lbs@ 4000rpm

The Chevrolet Express and the GMC Savana vans are essentially rebadged twins from General Motors, have the same engine and powertrain. The Ford Transit van isn't far behind with just 1 horsepower less than the Chevy and GMC. The Nissan NV2500 comes with a 261 hp V6, while the Mercedes Sprinter lags behind with a 2.0L inline-4 engine making merely 188 hp.

Acceleration

With the revamped engine, the cargo van has gotten unquestionably quicker than than it used to be. Instead of taking 8.5 seconds like it used to the 0-60 sprint now takes 7.8 seconds, despite the drop in power. The rest of the vans in the segment complete the sprint to 60 in the same ballpark, except for the Sprinter with the tiny engine.

Models

GMC Savana 2500 regular wheelbase cargo van

Chevrolet Express 2500 Cargo van

Mercedes Benz Sprinter 150 standard roof van

Ford Transit 150 low roof cargo van

Nissan NV2500 HD S cargo van

0-60 MPH

7.8 sec

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Quarter mile

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Engine

4.3L V6

4.3L V6

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

3.7L V6 Regular Unleaded

4.0L V6 Regular Unleaded

Emission

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

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Ride and Handling

The Chevrolet Express agility is similar to that of a boat. Moving around in tight spaces like parking lots and city streets, may not be and easy job. The outdated multi-leaf spring at the back is the main culprit for the dull handling characteristics. If you're too enthusiastic with the accelerator pedal through the corners, the body roll from the van is extreme.

Speeding around tight corners was never the purpose for this vehicle, but on the flipside, neither is the Chevy Express a comfortable place to be in. The suspension could be revamped with better dampers and vibrations travel through to the cabin. The competitors like the Sprinter and the Transit has a much more modern driving style.

Braking

The massive cargo van weighing over 5000 lbs is quite a task to stop once the momentum builds up, but the 12.8-inch discs up front and 13s at the back make the job much easier. The smooth and linear brake pedal works great in conjunction with the in-built trailer braking to keep the hauler in control even on inclines.

Model

GMC Savana 2500 regular wheelbase cargo van

Chevrolet Express 2500 Cargo van

Mercedes Benz Sprinter 150 standard roof van

Ford Transit 150 low roof cargo van

Nissan NV2500 HD S cargo van

Brake Front (in.)

12.8

12.8

N/A

12.1

14.2

Brake Rear (in.)

13.0

13

N/A

12.1

14.4

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5158

5225

4696

2788

5819

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2019 Chevrolet Express Cargo Fuel Economy

N/a

2019 Chevrolet Express Cargo Interior

6.7/10

Unlike many in this segment, the GMC Savana offers seating for up to 15 passengers. (Most others max out at 12.) Unfortunately, a high roof is not on the options list. Compared to rival vans, passengers will have to duck more as they enter and exit the vehicle. - Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The utility-focussed van has basic and functional cabin starting with plastic interiors to cloth upholstery, and no sign of premium materials. The high seating position means great visibility through the huge front windshield as well as easier parking and maneuvering. However, a few issues like a low roofline and lack of a door behind the driver plague the practicality aspect of the van.

Model

GMC Savana 2500 regular wheelbase cargo van

Chevrolet Express 2500 Cargo van

Mercedes Benz Sprinter 150 standard roof van

Ford Transit 150 low roof cargo van

Nissan NV2500 HD S cargo van

Passenger capacity

2

2

2

2

2

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.8/68.8/41/3

39.8/68.8/41/3

 

40.8/67.9/41.3

42.8/65.7/42.0

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

-

-

 

-

-

In contrast, the new Sprinter has much better headroom and legroom compared to the Chevy Express, with an ergonomically better designed interior. Even the Ford has added a plethora of features to make the Transit relevant for 2020.

Infotainment System

Despite the lack of an infotainment system with the 2020 Chevrolet Express 2500, it comes with a standard AM/FM radio reception and an auxiliary jack. A USB port, a CD player, and a satellite radio are available as optional features.

Though there is also an optional upgrade available for adding a touchscreen interface, it is not as user-friendly as you'd hope. Moreover, the system is quite archaic compared to what other Chevrolet rides has to offer.

Cargo Capacity

The mediocre cargo volume will help you out in most of your transportation needs, but if you feel the storage is lacking, you can opt for an extended wheelbase version of the van.

Model

GMC Savana 2500 regular wheelbase cargo van

Chevrolet Express 2500 Cargo van

Mercedes Benz Sprinter 150 standard roof van

Ford Transit 150 low roof cargo van

Nissan NV2500 HD S cargo van

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

239.7

239.7

319

246.7

234.1

The Express competes well with the vans like the Ford and the Nissan, but it can't hold a candle against the Mercedes Sprinter, whose cargo bay is almost 90 cu-ft more than the rest.

2019 Chevrolet Express Cargo Exterior

With looks resembling the GMC Savana, the rebranded Chevy too hasn't received an update for 2020. Instead of the basic black front and rear bumpers you can opt for chrome clad bumpers for a little more premium looks. The front grille has a chevy badge replacing the GMC, along with huge composite headlamps. The 60/40 opening passenger side doors, or a sliding doorway with optional swing out ladder rack, improve the cargo bay's accessibility by a wide margin.

Model

GMC Savana 2500 regular wheelbase cargo van

Chevrolet Express 2500 Cargo van

Mercedes Benz Sprinter 150 standard roof van

Ford Transit 150 low roof cargo van

Nissan NV2500 HD S cargo van

Curb weight (lbs.)

5158

5225

4696

2788

5819

Length(in)

224.1

224.1

233.5

219.9

240.6

Width(in)

79.2

79.2

92.3

81.3

99.5

Height(in)

84.6

84.6

96.3

83.6

83.9

Ground clearance (in)

7.1

7.1

N/A

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

135.0

135.0

144

129.9

146.1

Track width (in) F/R

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

68.7/68.9

Although the Chevrolet Express has a narrower profile than most of the competition, the low roof height is the real issue. It makes the van difficult to stand up straight in, for taller users. However, the extended wheelbase version of the Express 2500 adds a few more cubic feet of cargo capacity.

2019 Chevrolet Express Cargo Safety

Safety feature

  • StabiliTrak, traction assistance and vehicle stability
  • Brake/transmission shift interlock for automatic transmissions
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Door beams, steel-side
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Air bags, frontal, driver and right-front passenger
  • Air bag deactivation switch, frontal passenger side
  • OnStar and Chevrolet connected services capable
  • Child seat anchors
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

2019 Chevrolet Express Cargo Competition

Chevrolet Express 2500 vs Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

On the timeline, the Chevrolet is stuck in the paleolithic age compared to the Sprinter from the 21st century. With not just a better cabin and infotainment, but also a larger cargo bay, the Sprinter seems far ahead of the Express, however, Mercedes has decided to go with a tiny 2.0L inline-4 with the 2020 model with barely manages to make 188 hp compared to the 276 hp V6 in the Chevrolet. So if you're hauler does not need too much power, the Sprinter is a good option to consider.

Chevrolet Express 2500 vs Ford Transit

The Ford Transit has a much more modern outlook toward the cargo haulers and has a much more tech rich infotainment for the user. The cabin is comfortable for long rides and the ride is smoother and compliant, compared to the springy suspensions on the Express 2500. In terms of pure hauling power, however, the Chevrolet pulls ahead.

Chevrolet Express 2500 vs Nissan NV2500

The NV3500 is Nissan's answer to the passenger van segment primarily dominated by the American manufacturers like Ford, RAM and Chevrolet. However, the Nissan fails to compare against them. The Chevrolet Express is a workhorse with a sturdy build and plenty of raw power to haul cargo unlike the Nissan. On the flipside, the interior on the Nissan are done right, much more so compared to the Chevy.

2019 Chevrolet Express Cargo Final Verdict

The Chevrolet Express 2500 survives the cutthroat competition against the Mercedes and the Nissan by doing one thing right, plenty of power and capacity. At the end of the day that's all that matters in a van. You can glance over high end features and comfort if you're choosing the Chevy as a fleet vehicle. However, it would be better to get the Spriner if you're going to spend a lot of time in the cabin.