Chevrolet's full-size Express 3500 is available as a passenger or cargo van and competes with other full-size vans, including the Ford E-Series, Nissan NV and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. The GMC Savana is closely related to the Express. New for 2013
New options for 2013 include a backup camera, rear park assist and a radio with navigation. Exterior
Overall height and length of the Express and its competitors vary among different models, with variables like longer wheelbases and extended roofs. Standard flat and convex exterior mirrors on each side provide a wider field of vision. Exterior features include an extended-wheelbase (155 inches) and swing-out rear doors. The optional Express Access Package adds three side-panel storage areas. Interior
A driver information center in the instrument cluster displays instructions for maintenance and warnings, such as if the vehicle's transmission overheats or if a theft attempt has taken place. A fuel-operated heater is available on vans with the 6.6-liter Duramax diesel engine to heat the interior quickly in cold weather. The system features a self-contained, pressurized auxiliary coolant heater that uses diesel fuel to generate heat. Interior features include standard vinyl seats while cloth upholstery optional. Also optional are power front seats, backup camera, Bluetooth cellphone connectivity, CD stereo, navigation, bulkhead dividers (cargo van), and 60/40-split left-side entry/load door. Under the Hood
Three available engines range from a 4.8-liter V-8 to a turbo-diesel 6.6-liter V-8. All engines have air-filter and oil-life monitors. The 6.0-liter V-8 has a fast-idle option that makes it easier to run accessories while the vehicle is idling. Vans equipped with the turbo-diesel 6.6-liter V-8 have a standard 3.73 axle ratio and an optional locking rear limited-slip differential.
Properly equipped, the Express can tow up to 10,000 pounds. The heavy-duty G3500 is available for RV and commercial cutaway applications; it has an even longer wheelbase and a gross vehicle weight rating of up to 14,200 pounds. The 1500 has a GVW of up to 7,300 pounds; it's 8,600 pounds for the 2500 and 9,600 pounds for the 3500. Mechanical features include:
- 280-hp, 4.8-liter V-8 with 296 pounds-feet of torque
- 323-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 with 373 pounds-feet of torque
- 280-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 with 320 pounds-feet of torque (compressed natural gas model)
- 260-hp, turbo-diesel 6.6-liter V-8 with 525 pounds-feet of torque
- Six-speed automatic transmission
All Express cargo and passenger vans have a standard electronic stability system. Side curtain airbags are standard in all passenger vans and available in cargo models. Other standard safety features for all models include four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, lap/shoulder belts for all center seats, and optional rear park assist.
*Overview courtesy of Cars.com