Maximum capability for demanding truck customers; up to 9,900 gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) on diesel versions
Old platform; old switchgear; driving dynamics are from another era
The Express 3500 sees only minor changes this year, adding a standard auxiliary port for music and an optional USB port for music.
We'd equip an 8-passenger 2015 Chevrolet Express 3500 with the optional 6.6-liter DuraMax diesel, hook it up to a 27-foot Airstream and add just enough comfort and convenience accessories to make the Chevy livable for a 3-week grand tour. With room for everything a family of four could carry, along with bike storage inside rather than on top of the van, the Express/Airstream combo would make an excellent base camp for an extended road trip. Find a Chevrolet Express 3500 for sale
The Express 3500 is offered in three trim levels: a base-level cargo model for hauling, and LS or LT trims for carrying passengers.
If you opt for the Express Cargo ($33,300), don't expect many standard features. The van includes only the basics, such as vinyl seating, manual air conditioning and an AM/FM stereo with an auxiliary plug. There's no CD player, no OnStar system and no power locks, power windows or power mirrors. However, each of those features -- and more -- are optional.
Choose the Express LS ($35,000), and you'll have a few more features. The most important one is seating. The Express 3500 passenger van is offered in two wheelbases: Regular models have a 12-person seating capacity, while the extended-length Express can carry up to 15 people. The Express LS also includes power door locks and cruise control.
Drivers who opt for the upscale Express LT ($37,000) will have even more standard equipment at their fingertips. Such features include cloth upholstery, a compass, remote keyless entry, rear air conditioning and exterior chrome accents.
In addition to the vans' standard equipment, many options are available. They range from items like power mirrors, power windows and a USB port for music, to high-end features like a reversing camera, a navigation system and rear park assist.
|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|
Ford Transit -- The all-new Ford Transit offers better gas mileage than the Express and stronger capabilities. It also offers a more attractive starting price for budget-conscious van shoppers as well as better handling.
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.
RAM ProMaster -- With fuel-efficient V6 engines and a low-load floor, RAM's latest take on the full-size van boasts especially extensive capabilities, whether you're hauling people or large items.