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Autotrader Find: Lifted, 4-Wheel-Drive 2006 Chevy Express

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author photo by Doug DeMuro February 2018

As you probably know, the best off-road vehicles are small, short-wheelbase, lifted SUVs like the Jeep Wrangler and the Toyota FJ Cruiser and the Land Rover Defender and such. The problem is, of course, that little SUVs -- and even large, 4-door, 5-passenger SUVs -- just don't have enough room for everyone. And that's where today's Autotrader Find comes in.

If you've ever wanted to go off-roading with the whole family, there's this: a 2006 Chevy Express full-size van that's been lifted and converted into an off-roader. Interestingly, this van seats only seven, as it has luxurious second-row captain's chairs -- but the mere existence of this Chevy Express has me convinced that you could probably lift a 15-passenger van and take it off-roading. What's stopping you?

Although these conversions are popular with Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans, it's less common to see them with more traditional full-size vans like the Chevy Express -- but this van has a 12-inch lift, 4-wheel drive and off-roading tires, so it's ready to tackle just about any trail where you'd normally take a little off-roader SUV. The rear seats even fold into a nice, comfortable, leather-lined bed, so you can sleep in this thing while you're on the trails. You can't do that in a Wrangler.

If you're interested in off-roading in a van, this 2006 Express is for sale in Breckenridge, a Colorado mountain town; it's offered by a private seller for $37,000 -- big money for a 2006 Chevy Express, but reasonable when you consider its impressive level of modifications, and the fact that it's done just 25,000 miles since the addition of the lift kit and the conversion to 4-wheel drive.

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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