Just-right capability; spaciousness; affordability
Outdated design; inefficient engines; extremely Spartan base model
The Express 2500 is unchanged for the 2014 model year.
We'd equip an 8-passenger 2014 Chevrolet Express 2500 LT with the optional 6.0-liter V8 and just enough comfort and convenience accessories to make it livable for a 3-week grand tour. It has room for everything a family of four could possibly carry, along with bike storage inside rather than on top of the vehicle. The Express would make an excellent base camp or a great tow vehicle for, say, a 25-foot Airstream. And even with navigation, Bluetooth and a backup camera, the price stays under $37,000.
The 2014 Chevrolet Express 2500 is offered in two trim levels: base-level LS and upscale LT.
The base-level Express 2500 LS ($29,000) is modestly equipped. Features include only an AM/FM stereo with no CD player or auxiliary jack, steel wheels, vinyl seats and a rubber floor covering. The Express LS doesn't include power windows, keyless entry or power mirrors as standard equipment.
Many more comfort and convenience features are standard on the Express 2500 LT ($32,000). Added items include keyless entry, cloth upholstery, cruise control, power mirrors, power windows, power locks, a tilt steering wheel and interior carpeting.
Shoppers can also choose options on the Express LS. Drivers who want a CD player, for instance, can add one -- and the same goes for the van's available power accessories. For shoppers interested in more luxury, Chevrolet also offers the Express with a navigation system, a rearview camera and an iPod/USB interface.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Maintenance||2 Years/24,000 Miles|
Chevrolet Suburban -- Yes, the most obvious competitor to the Chevrolet Express 2500 is in the same showroom. A Suburban will seat up to eight, and while it doesn't deliver the sheer cubic volume of the Express, it tops the van in comfort and over-the-road demeanor.
Ford E-250 -- The E-250 is just as dated as the Express, but the next-generation full-size Transit arrived in the fall of 2013. Given the positive reception of its smaller sibling, the Transit Connect, Ford could have a winner on its hands, which would add pressure for Chevrolet to modernize the Express.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter -- The Sprinter offers impressive capability and efficiency in a considerably more modern package than the Express 3500. But it's also more expensive.