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2021 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van Review: Stuck In The 90s

by Aiden Eksteen

Business is booming in the modern world and there's no shortage of competent and up-to-date utility vehicles zipping around the city and suburban streets of the USA. It feels strange then to see the 2021 Chevrolet Passenger Van whizzing amongst these workhorses as a vehicle that hasn't undergone a redesign since its inception all the way back in 1995. It can be argued that, with its three highly capable and versatile powertrains, ranging from a 181-horsepower turbo-four to a 401-hp V8, and with its proven dependability, the Express Passenger Van has all it needs to be a practical passenger hauler.

But, while that may be the case, many will find that its contemporaries offer considerably more for the same money. With competitors such as the Ford Transit Connect Passenger Wagon, Ram ProMaster City Passenger Wagon, and even the Mercedes-Benz Metris Passenger Van, there's a lot that the Chevy fails to deliver because of its dotage and Chevrolet's failure to keep current. Depending on what you need, maybe its solid performance, proven reliability, and seating layout for up to 15 people could make the 2021 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van worth a review.

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2021 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van Changes: ๐Ÿš™Whatโ€™s the difference vs 2020 Express Passenger Van?

For the 2021 model year, the only significant upgrade Chevrolet applies to the Express Passenger Van is replacing the top-spec 6.0-liter V8 engine option with an even stronger 6.6-liter V8 unit. Outputs increase from 341 hp and 373 lb-ft to 401 hp and 464 lb-ft.

Pros and Cons

  • Powerful and solid old-school engines
  • Impressive payload and towing capacities
  • Numerous, versatile body configurations
  • Proven reliability record
  • Good driver-assistance technology
  • High fuel consumption rates
  • Wooden handling characteristics
  • Severely outdated interior design
  • Garish, low-end infotainment system

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2021 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van Trims and Prices

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2500 LS
4.3L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$37,200
2500 LT
4.3L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$37,200
3500 LT
4.3L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$38,400
3500 LS
4.3L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$38,400

Express Passenger Van Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 224.0 in
  • Wheelbase 135.2 in
  • Height 84.5 in
  • Max Width 79.3 in

Exterior Colors

Express Passenger Van Performance

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Engine and Transmission

The Express Passenger Van can be had with one of three powerful and proven powertrains. Standard across the board is a 4.3-liter 6-cylinder engine that's been dialed for 276 horsepower and 298 lb-ft of torque. Performance-wise, this engine serves the Express well enough with solid acceleration responses and strong hauling capability. If you're looking for a balance in power and efficiency, there's a 2.8-liter turbo-diesel 4-cylinder that develops up to 181 hp and 369 lb-ft. Though a lot less powerful than the V6, the diesel is still a solid engine, with which the van feels eager and dependable. Its thriftier gas mileage does, however, come at the cost of towing capability. Both the V6 and the turbo-four come paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission as standard.

If you're looking to maximize the Express' workhorse potential, the new 6.6-liter V8 is the engine to go for. It musters up a herculean 401 hp and 464 lb-ft that is commanded by a 6-speed heavy-duty automatic transmission. Power is ceded through to the Express' rear-wheel drivetrain regardless of which engine is in play. The V6 unit empowers the Express with a 6,700-pound maximum towing capacity, while the turbo-four manages 6,300-lbs and the V8 9,600-lbs.

  • Engines
    2.8L Turbo Inline-4 Diesel, 4.3L V6 Gas, 6.6L V8 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    RWD

Express Passenger Van Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    31.0 Gallons
* 2021 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van 2500 135" RWD LS

Express Passenger Van Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    12-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.4 in
  • Front Head Room 40.9 in
  • Rear Leg Room 36.3 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.4 in

Express Passenger Van Trunk and Cargo Space

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Express Passenger Van Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Warranty Note:
    Preliminary 2021 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

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Verdict: ๐ŸIs the 2021 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van a good Minivan?

At the end of the day, the 2021 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van is a utility vehicle through and through. It offers just the bare minimum and nothing more. Whether that makes the Express Passenger Van a good car or not, depends on what other vans offer at its price. With alternatives such as the Ford Transit Connect Passenger Wagon, Ram ProMaster City Passenger Wagon, and even the Mercedes-Benz Metris Passenger Van, things don't look too good for the Chevy. On the positive side, the Chevy Express is put forward with a selection of three powerful engines that avail it with impressive payload and towing capabilities. It can accommodate up to 15 passengers fairly comfortably when in the extended wheelbase form, and Chevrolet does throw in some decent driver-assistance features. That's not too much to brag about, though, with all of these qualities being standard in most, if not all, utility minivans. For the same price as the 2021 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van, others offer more in infotainment, creature comforts, and conveniences, and they also come with something the Chevy doesn't - an official safety rating. The Express' contemporaries are simply newer vehicles that are significantly more refined in the performance and value that they deliver, making them superior in every conceivable way.

๐Ÿš—What Chevrolet Express Passenger Van Model Should I Buy?

Choosing which 2021 Express Passenger Van model to go for will really come down to your own requirements. In terms of performance, the V8 engine, with its heavy-duty 6-speed transmission, boasts the greatest capability in payload hauling and towing, as long as the regular wheelbase configuration is kept. Opting in the extended wheelbase, which is available only to LT models, will expand the van's seating capacity to 15 from 12, but will also slightly diminish payload and towing capability. Whatever the case, we'd recommend going for one of the LT models, as the LS trims are just far too barebones, which is saying something considering how barren the top-tier Express is. We also recommend throwing in the optional 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen for the GPS functionality and added entertainment, as well as the power-adjustable front seats so your driver and co-pilot can better tolerate long-distance trips.

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