Maximum capability for demanding truck customers; up to a 9,600 gross vehicle weight rating on V8 versions; 10,000-pound tow rating
Old platform; old switchgear; driving dynamics from another era; no all-wheel-drive option; rear seats on passenger van lack proper head restraints
The 2018 Chevrolet Express Van 3500 gets a new standard 4.3-liter V6 engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The Express van also gains a standard rear backup camera, while side blind spot monitoring is now optional. See the 2018 Chevrolet Express 3500 models for sale near you
We'd probably buy a competitor's van before we chose the Express, but if we had to get the Chevy, we'd go for an entry-level LS model or a fairly basic Cargo version with sparse options. Given the improvement rival vans have made, we think affordability is essentially the Express' only trump card.
The 2018 Chevrolet Express Van 3500 is offered in three trim levels: a base-level Cargo model for hauling and LS or LT trims for carrying passengers.
Opt for the Express Cargo ($35,810), and it comes with only the basics. That means vinyl seating, air conditioning, a rear backup camera, standard auxiliary port for music and little else. There are also power locks, power windows and a 2-speaker AM/FM stereo.
Choose the Express LS ($34,835), and you get a few more features. The most important one is seats, as the Express LS comes standard with 12 seats and offers 15-passenger seating capacity as an option. The Express LS also includes cruise control.
Drivers who opt for the upscale Express LT ($36,760) get even more standard equipment. Such features include cloth upholstery, a compass, remote keyless entry, rear air conditioning and exterior chrome accents.
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; the same goes for the van's available power accessories. For shoppers interested in more luxury, Chevrolet also offers the Express with an updated MyLink infotainment system, blind spot monitoring, navigation, parking sensors and an iPod/USB interface. Also optional is a long-wheelbase version.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Corrosion||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Maintenance||2 Years/24,000 Miles 2 Visits|
2018 Ford Transit -- The 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 and better handling.
2018 Nissan NV -- The truck-based Nissan NV feels like an updated version of the Express, touting a more modern cabin, newer features and additional capabilities thanks to multiple wheelbases and an available high-roof body style, but no diesel option.
2018 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.
Used 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, so you may want to consider a used model.