2019 Chevrolet Express Cargo Van

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2019 Chevrolet Express Cargo Van Review: Not Moving With The Times

Now past its second decade on the market, the Chevrolet Express Cargo is still ambling along making no real effort to move with the times. The van offers a decent trio of engines, with the standard fair being a V6 that puts out a respectable 276 horsepower and 298 lb-ft of torque. Paired with the sturdy chassis, this gives the Chevy the power to haul up to 4,282 lbs of cargo and an impressive 10,000 lbs of towed weight. Unfortunately, the cargo area is much smaller than leading rivals, and with no high-roof body option available, the Express can't hope to compete with better-designed rivals like the Ford Transit Cargo. For the asking price of $31,900, the Chevrolet van doesn't give you class-leading utility, and it provides the bare minimum of amenities. To say that this old-timer needs a serious remodel would be an understatement. But a remodel would entail GM actually giving a damn about it...

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2019 Chevrolet Express Cargo Van Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2018 Express Cargo Van?

The Express Cargo remains unchanged both mechanically and aesthetically for the new year. The only change is in the availability of lane departure warning and forward collision alert - a bandaid on a gaping wound.

Pros and Cons

  • Choice of three powerful engines
  • High payload and towing capacities
  • Relatively competitive fuel economy
  • Limited body customization options
  • Less cargo room than leading competitors
  • Extremely limited and badly outdated tech features
  • Outdated interior
  • Bill Clinton was president when the Express was released

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2019 Chevrolet Express Cargo Van Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2500
4.3L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$31,900
3500
4.3L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$35,000
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2019 Express Cargo Van Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 224.1 in
  • Wheelbase 135.0 in
  • Height 84.6 in
  • Max Width 79.2 in

2019 Express Cargo Van Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    2.8L Turbo Inline-4 Diesel, 4.3L V6 Gas, 6.0L V8 Gas, 6.0L V8 Vortec®
  • Transmissions
    6-Speed Automatic, 8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

With no effort made to streamline the van, and little thought given to anything more than rudimentary handling dynamics, Chevrolet never intended for the Express to be treated as anything more than the most basic of cargo-hauling vehicles. Acceleration is adequate, especially with the more powerful engine options, but once you're going, don't expect the van to ever be nimble. The bulky chassis will roll on the basic suspension all too easily around corners, despite the van's relatively low height when compared to rivals.

And handling isn't the only area that is given little more than cursory attention. Comfort inside the cabin is only passable, with the vinyl-upholstered seats offering just enough support to stop you from complaining. But the soft suspension will see the chassis bounce over larger bumps in the road, which will easily be felt in the cabin. Noise is reasonably managed, but the engines can drone when pushed to perform under a heavy load.

2019 Express Cargo Van Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    2-seater

2019 Express Cargo Van Trunk and Cargo Space

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2019 Express Cargo Van Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Note:
    Qualified Fleet Purchases: 5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Rust-Through:
    6 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance Note:
    Qualified Fleet Purchases: 5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Maintenance Note:
    1 Year \ 1 Visit

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is the 2019 Chevrolet Express Cargo Van A Good Minivan?

The Chevrolet Express Cargo performs the job for which it was designed, and it does so adequately. But as the world speeds up and more and more advanced features become standard on even the most economical of vehicles, buyers are expecting a lot more than what the Chevy Express is offering. This isn't too surprising considering the van was designed more than two decades ago, with little in the way of substantial updates made since its release.

With rivals like the Ford Transit and Ram ProMaster Cargo evolving with the times, albeit begrudgingly, while still supplying significantly better cargo volumes, the Express is falling further and further behind. Its standard features are frankly quite embarrassing, with little to no safety devices present beyond what is considered the bare minimum, and an infotainment system that is ashamed to show its face beside the more advanced suites available to other Chevrolets.

Quite frankly, for the price you are being asked to pay, the Express should be delivering a lot more. Its competitors certainly are, and some of them even do so for less.

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2019 Chevrolet Express Cargo Van Comparisons

Ford Transit Cargo Van Ford
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo Van Mercedes-Benz
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Chevrolet Express Cargo Van276 hpTBC$33,000
Ford Transit Cargo Van 275 hpTBC$43,455
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo Van 188 hpTBC$38,300

2019 Chevrolet Express Cargo Van vs Ford Transit Cargo Van

While the standard engine available to the Transit isn't much different from the Chevrolet's, supplying 275 hp and 260 lb-ft, the Ford is better in just about every other regard. It costs only $1,000 more than the Express at an entry-level and offers significantly more cargo space, almost 200 cubic feet more in its largest configuration. On top of that, the interior is more comfortable and features more modern infotainment and convenience tech. With more powerful diesel and V8 options than the Chevy, and a host of body configurations that make it far more versatile, it's no wonder that the Ford Transit Cargo is leading the full-size cargo van segment, while the Chevrolet Express Cargo is struggling just to remain relevant.

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2019 Chevrolet Express Cargo Van vs Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo Van

Simply saying the name Mercedes in the same sentence as Chevrolet Express Cargo should be enough to send the latter scurrying away in shame. While the Sprinter doesn't offer quite as much utility as the Ford Transit, it is still more versatile than the Express. Where it outshines both, however, is in the German manufacturer's reputation for luxury and comfort. The interior is well-appointed with more up-to-date technology and a host of comfort features that make the daily grind a lot more tolerable. It might have a slightly less potent powertrain and tow less than the Express, but there is more to life than simply doing the job at hand. Sometimes, you want to do it in style, and the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter delivers on that dream. It might not be at the top of the segment, but it is leaps and bounds ahead of the Chevrolet Express Cargo.

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