Chevy Express Overview
The Chevrolet Express is available in half-ton (called 1500) and 1-ton (3500) versions. The 3500 is also available with an extended wheelbase, which allows 15-passenger capacity. Two trim levels, consisting of base LS and luxury LT, are offered. The LS is typically what fleet buyers purchase, so it's a bit plain, with only air-conditioning and a stereo as the key standard features. If this is going to be your family vehicle, the LT, with its rear A/C, full power accessories, cruise control and plusher seats is the better choice. An update for 2008 provided an upgraded cabin as well as standard stability control and side curtain airbags.
Stout powertrains and high tow capacities are some of the Express' chief assets. The 1500 comes with a 5.3-liter V8 (295 horsepower and 335 pound-feet of torque) while the 3500s have a 6.0-liter V8 (300 hp and 360 lb-ft). Both engines come paired to a four-speed automatic transmission. The 3500 features stability control, while the 1500 can be had with all-wheel drive.
As it has for years, the big Chevy should handle whatever folks throw at it. Furthermore, in the two-horse race against the Econoline, the Chevy Express boasts superior Chevy Accessories, nice driving dynamics and somewhat more modern styling. But before you sign the bottom line, we suggest you also strongly consider the more technologically advanced and more efficient Sprinter.