2011 Chevrolet Express 2500 Overview
The middle child of the Express super-versatile van lineup, the 2011 Chevrolet Express 2500 ups the ante with a longer wheelbase and a powerful V-8 diesel engine.
Available in passenger and cargo versions, the 2011 Chevrolet Express 2500 can also be customized with 135- and 155-inch wheelbase options, LS and LT trims, and two different engine options. Under the hood, a 280-horsepower, 4.8-liter V-8 that produces 295 pounds-feet of torque is available in the regular-length passenger and cargo vans and has FlexFuel/E85 capability. The extended-length cargo van features a 260-horsepower, Duramax turbo-diesel 6.6-liter V-8 that cranks-out a whopping 525 pounds-feet of torque. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. The 2011 Express 2500 is not available with all-wheel drive or as an extended-length passenger version.
EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings range from 8-12 mpg in the city and 10-17 mpg on the highway. The 2011 Chevrolet Express 2500 competes with other passenger/cargo vans such as the GMC Savana, Ford E-Series, and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. The regular-length passenger van seats up to 12 occupants, while the cargo van can hold up to 270.4 cubic feet of storage volume. The extended-length cargo van ups that to 313.9 cubic feet of cargo space. The 2011 Chevrolet Express 2500 boasts a maximum payload capacity of 3,226 pounds and max trailering capacity of 10,000 pounds.
Exterior features on the 2011 Express 2500 include 16-inch steel wheels and privacy glass as standard equipment, while heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals, trailer hitch receiver, and a 60/40-split left-side entry/load door are optional. Inside of the Express 2500, a driver information center in the instrument cluster displays information regarding maintenance and other warnings, such as a theft attempt or if the transmission is overheating. Optional interior features include: rear climate control, a CD player, power driver and passenger seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, auxiliary audio input jack, and remote vehicle start.
When it comes to safety, the 2011 Chevrolet Express 2500 features a full suite of OnStar safety technologies and communications that notifies the authorities in the event of an accident. Other standard equipment includes: front airbags, front head curtain side impact airbags, rear head curtain side impact airbags, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, traction control system, four-wheel ABS, four-wheel disc brakes, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
For added cargo space and the power of a turbo-diesel, the 2011 Chevrolet Express 2500 utility van is the smart choice.