City-friendly road manners; strong fuel economy for a cargo van; reasonable pricing
Very few style tweaks distinguish it from the NV200; a little smaller inside than it needs to be; pretty sparse on technology and driver-assist features
The City Express gains a rearview camera and Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity.
The City Express LT is our pick of the lineup. For only a little more money than the base-level LS model, it offers several important convenience features such as heated mirrors and cruise control. It also comes standard with park assist, which is always a feature that's highly appreciated by anyone who's spent time behind the wheel of a cargo van.
The 2018 Chevrolet City Express is offered in two trim levels: the base-level LS and the upscale LT.
The City Express LS ($23,850) includes only the basics. It has traction control, anti-lock brakes, power locks and keyless entry, but you won't get power mirrors. Other standard features include air conditioning, Bluetooth, a rearview monitor, power windows, vinyl floor covering, 6 D-ring cargo hooks in back, side airbags and a 2-speaker sound system.
Given the small price jump to the LT ($24,710), you won't find too many additional features in the higher trim level. It does add a few more convenience items, however, such as cruise control, power adjustable heated side mirrors and rear park assist.
The City Express also includes a range of options, including deep-tinted rear glass, a navigation system, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and a USB port for music.
The City Express comes standard with anti-lock brakes, front-side airbags and traction control. LT models also include rear-park assist. While a backup camera is optional, the City Express doesn't include any high-tech safety equipment such as a forward-collision alert system or rear cross-traffic alert.
Neither the NV200 nor the City Express has been crash-tested by the federal government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
2018 Ford Transit Connect -- The Transit Connect is more expensive than the City Express, but it boasts better highway fuel economy, a larger interior and better materials. It's also offered with two wheelbases and more features.
2018 Nissan NV200 -- Before signing the papers on a City Express, check out its Nissan NV200 mechanical twin. The Nissan is a little cheaper and has many of the same attributes as the City Express.
2018 Ram ProMaster City -- Like the Transit Connect, the ProMaster City offers more interior room, a more powerful engine and seating for rear passengers (if desired). The ProMaster City is priced in line with the City Express.
Used Mercedes-Benz Sprinter -- A 2010-2014 Sprinter Van will give you more room and more features plus an available diesel engine.