2017 Chevrolet Express Passenger

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2017 Chevrolet Express Passenger Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

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.

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Pros

Affordable price tag

Optional packages are available

Comes in two trims

Manoeuvrability is excellent

Decent gas mileage

Rear Door with 180-degree opening

Cons

Less powerful engine than some competitors

Not suitable for carrying extra heavy loads

Standard features are pretty basic

What's New?

The 2017 Chevrolet City Express Minivan comes unchanged as compared to its 2016 sibling

Optional feature packages are now available even in the low-end trim of the minivan.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$33140

bodystyle

3dr Van

passenger capacity

12

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

293 cu. in.

horsepower

285 hp @ 5400 rpm

torque

295 lb.-ft. @ 4600 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

front independent suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13 in. ventilated disc brakes/12.8 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

155 in.

length

224.1 in.

width

79.2 in.

height

84.3 in.

curb weight

6108 lbs.

ground clearance

7.1 in.

capacity

cargo volume

92.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

payload capacity

2470 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.8 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16.6 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

168 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

42687 mpg

highway range

296 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2017 Chevrolet Express Passenger in Black color  2017 Chevrolet Express Passenger in Dark Blue Metallic color  2017 Chevrolet Express Passenger in Dark Green Metallic color  2017 Chevrolet Express Passenger in Graystone Metallic color  2017 Chevrolet Express Passenger in Summit White color
Black

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Chevrolet Express Passenger LT 2500

LT 2500

power
285 hp @ 5400 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
mpg
13 combined

$33,140


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LT 2500 3dr Van (4.8L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $33,140 MSRP (11/13/16) 285 hp @ 5400 rpm, 4.8 L, V8, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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6-speed automatic rear wheel drive 12   Black
  Dark Blue Metallic
  Dark Green Metallic
  Graystone Metallic
  Summit White

 2017 Chevrolet Express Passenger LS 2500

LS 2500

power
285 hp @ 5400 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
mpg
13 combined

$33,140


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LS 2500 3dr Van (4.8L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $33,140 MSRP (11/13/16) 285 hp @ 5400 rpm, 4.8 L, V8, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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6-speed automatic rear wheel drive 12   Black
  Dark Blue Metallic
  Dark Green Metallic
  Graystone Metallic
  Summit White

 2017 Chevrolet Express Passenger LT 3500

LT 3500

power
285 hp @ 5400 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
mpg
12 combined

$35,435 - $37,305


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LT 3500 3dr Ext Van (4.8L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $37,305 MSRP (11/12/16) 285 hp @ 5400 rpm, 4.8 L, V8, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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6-speed automatic rear wheel drive 12
LT 3500 3dr Van (4.8L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $35,435 MSRP (11/12/16) 285 hp @ 5400 rpm, 4.8 L, V8, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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6-speed automatic rear wheel drive 12

 2017 Chevrolet Express Passenger LS 3500

LS 3500

power
285 hp @ 5400 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
mpg
12 combined

$35,435 - $37,305


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LS 3500 3dr Ext Van (4.8L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $37,305 MSRP (11/12/16) 285 hp @ 5400 rpm, 4.8 L, V8, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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6-speed automatic rear wheel drive 12
LS 3500 3dr Van (4.8L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $35,435 MSRP (11/12/16) 285 hp @ 5400 rpm, 4.8 L, V8, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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6-speed automatic rear wheel drive 12

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 26, 2018


Prime competitors to Chevy's Express 2500 Van are the Ford Transit Wagon, NV Passenger 3500 S, and the GMC Savana LS 2500. 2017 Chevrolet Express 2500 Van has a modestly spaced interiors and an impressive towing capacity of 9,600 lbs. Other feats that put it in the front are the powerful engine configurations and affordability.

2017 Chevrolet Express Passenger Features

2017 Chevrolet Express 2500 Van is available in two distinct trims, namely LS 2500 and LT 2500.

Trim LS 2500 LT 2500
MSRP $33,140 $34,965
Key Features air-conditioning front and rear chrome bumpers
  power windows and locks remote locking and unlocking
  a driver information display cloth upholstery
  vinyl upholstery and floor covering carpeted flooring and rear air-conditioning
  GM's OnStar emergency communications 6.5-inch touchscreen with integrated rearview camera display
  a two-speaker audio system with an AM/FM stereo and an auxiliary port. navigation system

Starting from $33,140, LS 2500 comes with vinyl upholstery and floor covering as standard. Other notable standard features include a 2-speaker audio system and a driver information display. LT 2500 flaunts all the standard features available with the LS 2500 along with some more. Notable Chevrolet Express LT 2500 features include cloth upholstery, carpeted flooring, and chrome bumpers. The trim is available from $34,965 onwards.

2017 Chevrolet Express Passenger Engine

The 2017 avatar of the Chevrolet Express 2500 Van comes with a standard 4.8L V8 engine. Nonetheless, an optional upgrade to the 6.0L V8 engine is also available. While the 4.8L engine generates 285 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque, the 6.0L V8 engine produces 342 hp of power. For gear-shifting, the van comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission mode.

Models Chevrolet Express LS 2500 Nissan NV passenger 3500 S Ford Transit wagon 150 XL GMC savana LS 2500
MSRP $33,140 $33,800 $35,825 $33,140
Engine 4.8L V8 4.0L DOHC V6 3.7L V6 4.8L V8
Transmission 6-speed automatic 5-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
Horsepower 285 hp @ 5400 rpm 261 hp @ 5600 rpm 275 hp @ 6000 rpm 285 hp @ 5400 rpm
Torque 295 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm 281 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm 260 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm 295 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm

Comparatively, NV Passenger 3500 and Transit Wagon comes with a 4.0L DOHC V6 and 3.7L V6 engine, respectively. Like the Chevrolet Express, the GMC Savana LS 2500 flaunts a 4.8L V8 engine as standard with the same output. Unlike its competitors, Nissan NV Passenger 3500 flaunts a 5-speed automatic transmission mode.

Acceleration

Generally, accelerating to 60 MPH in 8.7 seconds is a terrible feat. However, in the van segment, this is acceptable. Additionally, 2017 Chevrolet Express 2500 Van covers a quarter-mile in 16.7 seconds. Nonetheless, class rivals are better at acceleration.

Models Chevrolet Express LS 2500 Nissan NV passenger 3500 S Ford Transit wagon 150 XL GMC savana LS 2500
0-60 MPH 8.7 sec   7.6 sec 8.7 sec
Quarter mile 16.7 sec   15.9 sec 16.7 sec
Engine 4.8L 4.0L 3.7L 4.8L
Emission

 

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

13.9 N/A N/A 13.9

Ford Transit Wagon 150 XL shoots to 60 MPH in 7.6 seconds and covers a quarter-mile in 15.9 seconds. CO2 emission value for the ride is 13.9, which is acceptable for the segment to which the Chevrolet Express 2500 Van belongs.

Ride and Handling

Passenger vans aren't known for their handling dynamics. Moreover, heavy build makes handling a tough job. Nonetheless, GM has done a great job in that offering powerful V8 engines that deliver just the right amount of power required by the 2017 Chevrolet Express 2500 Van.

Though the ride is able to navigate both highways and cities well, modern competitors offer a better performance in doing so. Nonetheless, the handling is responsive and complemented by a precise transmission. Acceleration is slow(er), but hey, Chevrolet Express is a passenger van.

Braking

There isn't anything impressive about the braking power, though Chevrolet Express boasts a responsive braking. It has a bigger rear brake, probably because it's a cargo lifter. While the front brake is 12.8 inches long, the rear one measures 13 inches.

Model Chevrolet Express LS 2500 Nissan NV passenger 3500 S Ford Transit wagon 150 XL GMC Savana LS 2500
Brake Front (in.) 12.8 14.2 12.1 12.8
Brake Rear (in.) 13.0 14.4 12.1 13.0
Curb Weight (lbs.) 6108 6694 5488 6108

Ford Transit Wagon has the smallest brakes in the competition. Both of its brakes measure 12.1 inches. Nissan NV Passenger 3500 S, on the other hand, has the maximum sized brakes in the competition. Nonetheless, the ride is also the heaviest with a curb weight of 6694 lbs.

Dimension and Weight

2017 Chevrolet Express 2500 Van flaunts a length, width, and height of 224.1, 79.2, and 83.9 inches, respectively. Leave for length, the other two dimensions are the least amongst the competition. The length is greater only to Ford Transit Wagon's 217.8 inches.

Model Chevrolet Express LS 2500 Nissan NV passenger 3500 S Ford Transit wagon 150 XL GMC Savana LS 2500
Curb weight (lbs.) 6108 6694 5488 6108
Length(in) 224.1 240.6 217.8 224.1
Width(in) 79.2 79.9 81.3 79.2
Height(in) 83.9 84.0 98.7 83.9
Ground clearance (in) F/R 11.0/7.1 8.1 N/A 11.0/7.1
Wheelbase (in) 135.0 146.1 129.9 135.0

Total curb weight for the Chevrolet Express 2500 Van is 6108 lbs. This is heavier than the 5488 lbs. supported by the Ford Transit Wagon but lighter than the 6694 lbs. heavy Nissan NV Passenger.

2017 Chevrolet Express Passenger Fuel Economy

In city conditions, 2017 Chevrolet Express 2500 Van can give as much as 11 miles in a single gallon of gas. For highways, the billed mileage is 16 mpg. Overall, the ride delivers 13 mpg. Considering that it's a passenger van, the mileage is satisfactory.

Model Chevrolet Express LS 2500 Nissan NV passenger 3500 S Ford Transit wagon 150 XL GMC savana LS 2500
MPG (city) 11 N/A 14 11
MPG (highway) 16 N/A 18 16
MPG (combined) 13 N/A 16 13

Nonetheless, modern competitors offer better mileage. For instance, Ford Transit Wagon offers a combined fuel economy of 16 mpg. The van offers 14 mpg in cities while delivering 18 mpg on highways.

2017 Chevrolet Express Passenger Interior

Seating and Comfort

Being a passenger van, 2017 Chevrolet Express 2500 Van is capable of accommodating as many as 12 people. It offers a spacious 39.8 and 41.3 inches of headroom and legroom in the front row. Headroom and legroom available in the second row are 38.4 and 36.3 inches, respectively. In the third row, headroom and legroom available are 38.5 and 36.6 inches, respectively. Total headroom and legroom available in the fourth row are 37.6 and 36.6 inches, respectively.

Model Chevrolet Express LS 2500 Nissan NV passenger 3500 S Ford Transit wagon 150 XL GMC savana LS 2500
Passenger capacity 12 12 8 12
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.8/68.8/41.3 42.8/65.7/42.0 51.9/67.8/41.3 39.8/68.8/41.3
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38.4/68.6/36.3 39.6/69.2/33.9 55.7/71.3/69.5 38.4/68.6/36.3
Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38.5/65.8/36.6 39.8/66.6/38.5 N/A 38.5/65.8/36.6
Fourth (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 37.6/69.1/36.6 N/A N/A 37.6/69.1/36.6

Ford Transit Wagon offers the league-leading seating space. Moreover, Nissan NV Passenger 3500 S also offers better headroom as well as legroom than the 2017 Chevrolet Express 2500 Van. Nonetheless, Chevrolet Express has comfortable. Moreover, you can opt for the upgrade options to enhance the seating comfort and feel.

Infotainment System

There is no infotainment system available with the 2017 Chevrolet Express 2500 Van. However, 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 so user-friendly. Moreover, the display is pass\xe9 as compared to what other Chevrolet rides has to offer.

Interior Features

Interior Features

2017 Chevrolet Express 2500 Van flaunts typical van interiors. Important features belonging to the insides of the passenger van include:

  • 4-way driver and passenger seat adjustments
  • Height adjustable driver seat [Optional]
  • Manual reclining driver and passenger seats
  • Rear bench seat [Optional]
  • Vinyl/rubber cargo space
  • Vinyl front seat upholstery

Cargo Capacity

2017 Chevrolet Express 2500 Van has a cargo capacity of 216.2 cubic feet. Though it is ample, modern competitors to the van offer better cargo capacities. For instance, Nissan NV Passenger 3500 S comes with a maximum cargo capacity of 281.9 cubic feet. Ford Transit Wagon offers the even better cargo capacity of 292.7 cubic feet.

Model Chevrolet Express LS 2500 Nissan NV passenger 3500 S Ford Transit wagon 150 XL GMC savana LS 2500
Cargo Volume to 3 seat (ft.3) 92.1 28.9 125.0 92.1
Cargo Volume to 2 seat (ft.3) N/A N/A N/A N/A
Cargo Volume to 1 seat (ft.3) 216.2 281.9 292.7 216.2

Towing Capacity

Model Chevrolet Express LS 2500 Nissan NV passenger 3500 S Ford Transit wagon 150 XL GMC savana LS 2500
Towing Capacity (lbs.) 9600 6200 5000 9600

Chevrolet Express has an impressive towing capacity of 9600 lbs. This is way much more than what its modern rivals have to offer. While NV Passenger 3500 S offers a maximum towing capacity of 6200 lbs., the same for the Ford Transit Wagon is 5000 lbs.

2017 Chevrolet Express Passenger Exterior

  • Black grille
  • Chrome grille [Optional]
  • Fully galvanized steel body material
  • Power remote heated folding side-view door mirrors [Optional]
  • Rear step bumper
  • Split swing-out rear cargo door

2017 Chevrolet Express Passenger Safety

No IIHS ratings are available for the 2017 Chevrolet Express 2500 Van. The van receives a satisfactory \u201c3-star\u201d rating for rollover though. The van comes equipped with frontal and right-front passenger airbags. Child restraints are also available.

Other notable security and reliability features include the rear vision camera, daytime running lights, and a brake/transmission shift interlock.

Safety Features

  • Air bags, frontal, driver and right-front passenger (Includes passenger-side air bag deactivation switch. Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
  • StabiliTrak, traction assistance and vehicle stability enhancement system
  • Brake/transmission shift interlock for automatic transmissions
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Rear Vision Camera (Display is included with (DRJ) Inside rearview mirror.)
  • Child seat anchors all three passenger rear seats have four anchors and two tethers

NHTSA Rating

Rollover rating 3 star

IIHS not rated

2017 Chevrolet Express Passenger Competition

Ford Transit Wagon 150 XL

A 3.7L V6 engine is coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission mode in the Ford Transit Wagon 150 XL. The ride has 275 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque at its disposal. The Transit Wagon is capable of accelerating to 60 MPH in 7.6 seconds.

Pricing options for the Transit Wagon start from $35,825. It is the least bulky van in its competition with a total curb weight of 5488 lbs. Ford Transit Wagon offers 16 mpg of combined fuel economy, better than its competitors. Nonetheless, unlike its rivals, the ride is able to accommodate only 8 persons at max.

GMC Savana LS 2500

There's much similarity between the GMC Savana LS 2500 and the 2017 Chevrolet Express 2500 Van. The ride flaunts a 4.3L V6 engine, capable of producing 276 hp of power and an impressive 298 lb.-ft. of torque. For gear-shifting, the ride relies on an 8-speed automatic transmission.

GMC Savana LS comes with an opening bid of $32,490. Over its course of 2 decades, Savana has gained a loyal preference from general buyers and fleet managers alike. Though it isn't that great to the newer, technology-centered drives like the Ford Transit, it still offers an impeccable heavy-duty performance and a legacy service.

Nissan NV Passenger 3500 S

Another important competitor to the 2017 Chevrolet Express 2500 Van is the Nissan NV Passenger 3500 S. The standard make of the heavy-duty ride comes with a price-tag of $33,800. It comes with a 4.0L DOHC V6 engine, capable of generating 261 hp and 281 lb.-ft. of torque.

Unlike the competition, Nissan NV Passenger 3500 S comes with a 5-speed automatic transmission. It is the bulkiest ride in the competition with a total curb weight of 6694 lbs. NV Passenger 3500 S flaunts a ground clearance and wheelbase of 8.1 and 146.1 inches, respectively.

2017 Chevrolet Express Passenger Final Verdict

2017 Chevrolet Express 2500 Van surely belongs to an aged lineup. The series is finding it more and more difficult with each facelift to stay keep with the modern passenger vans. Nonetheless, it has a legacy spanning over a course of about 3 decades. As such, there is no compromise with the service.

Though not technologically-advanced as its modern counterparts, the Express 2500 Van packs an excellent towing capacity. If carrying loads of cargo and passengers is what the job asks for, then the Chevrolet Express 2500 Van is just the right candidate for pinning it down.