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2017 Chevrolet Express

Starting at $31,940

2017 chevrolet express
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  • Highs Loads of cargo space, highly configurable, choice of gas and diesel engines.
  • Lows Lags behind rivals in fuel efficiency, dated infotainment system, no high-roof option.
  • Verdict The Express delivers space and versatility, but it trails competitors in several key areas.


The Chevrolet Express is sold in 2500 and 3500 (heavy duty) series, and in a short-wheelbase version, 135.2-inches and 224.3-inches overall, and long-wheelbase form, 155.1 inches and 243.6 inches in overall length. There is a panel model, primarily used as a commercial delivery vehicle, and a window version, for big families or shuttle use. Either is available with sliding or hinged side doors. The Express is also available as a chassis van for custom “cubes” behind the cabin. Ford offers a much more modern competitor in this segment with its European-style Transit van, but Chevy is holding on to this long-established design for the moment.

What's New for 2017?

No major changes in 2017 for this vintage vehicle. As it heads toward becoming the oldest model on the market, Chevrolet is simplifying it by reducing powertrain options.


Original MSRP:

  • Base: $31,940
  • LS: $34,335
  • LT: $36,160

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Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The Chevy Express is powered by a 4.8-liter V-8, rated 285 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Only rear-wheel-drive is offered. There's also the option of a 2.8-liter inline-four turbodiesel rated at 181 horsepower and 369 pound feet of torque that comes paired with an eight-speed automatic. While the small-block V-8 offers the power and acceleration necessary for the Express to blend into traffic easily enough, it falls far short of the V-6-powered Ford Transit and the turbocharged four-cylinder Mercedes-Benz Metris for efficiency, an important quality for a small-business delivery vehicle, an airport shuttle, or a family truckster.

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Fuel Economy

EPA fuel-economy testing and reporting procedures have changed over time. For the latest numbers on current and older vehicles, visit the EPA’s website and select Find & Compare Cars.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Unsurprisingly, the panel and the chassis versions of the Chevy Express start out very basic. They come with two flat cloth seats for the front, designed for quick ingress and egress by delivery drivers, but with virtually no lateral support. The passenger model may be configured more comfortably. It has seating for up to 12 people, better bolstering for the two front seats, and can be outfitted with plush leather upholstery and a variety of convenience features. Maximum cargo-area length is a very usable 153.60 inches in the short-wheelbase Express and 173.60 inches in long-wheelbase models.

Infotainment and Connectivity

The Express is not the most tech-heavy van on the market. It starts out with a basic AM/FM stereo with two speakers and an auxiliary input. Even the top LT trim keeps things simple but adds Wi-Fi and GM's OnStar connected services. Options include a 6.5-inch touchscreen, navigation, Bluetooth, USB ports, and a CD player. Compared to rivals, even the optional infotainment system in the Express looks and feels outdated.

Safety Features and Crash Test Ratings

For more information about the Chevrolet Express‘s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.


Some older vehicles are still eligible for coverage under a manufacturer's Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) program. For more information visit our guide to every manufacturer's CPO program.


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