Just-right capability; spaciousness; affordability; covered cargo area
Outdated design; inefficient engines; extremely low-rent base model
The Express is largely unchanged for 2015, except for two new standard features -- GM's OnStar system and an auxiliary music port -- and a newly optional USB port that can be used for music.
We'd equip an 8-passenger 2015 Chevrolet Express 2500 LT with the optional 6.0-liter V8 engine 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 need, 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. Even with navigation, Bluetooth and a backup camera, the price tag of the Express will stay under $37,000. Find a Chevrolet Express 2500 for sale
The 2015 Chevrolet Express 2500 is offered in three trim levels: a base-level Work model that comes only as a cargo van, and LS and LT trims offered as a passenger model.
The base-level Express 2500 Work ($30,500) comes with only the basics: vinyl seating, air conditioning, a newly standard auxiliary port for music and not much else. There aren't even power locks, power windows or other niceties.
Step up to the LS ($32,900) trim and you'll get a little more equipment, such as cruise control and power locks. More importantly, you'll get seats; the LS is the van's base-level passenger model.
Many more comfort and convenience features are standard on the Express 2500 LT ($35,000). Added items include keyless entry, cloth upholstery, power mirrors, power windows, power locks, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel and interior carpeting.
Shoppers can also choose from various options -- even on the stripped-down Work model. 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, one of the most obvious competitors to the Chevrolet Express 2500 is in the same showroom. A Suburban will seat up to eight passengers, and while it doesn't deliver the sheer cubic volume of the Express, it tops the van in terms of comfort and over-the-road demeanor.
Ford Transit -- Ford's all-new full-size van is also offered in cargo and passenger configurations. Unlike the Express, however, it boasts several fuel-efficient engine choices, modern driving dynamics and high-tech optional extras.
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.