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By Cars.com Staff
August 11, 2009
Vehicle Overview Chevrolet's full-size Express is available as a passenger or cargo van with rear-wheel drive in 1500, 2500 and 3500 duty levels. The Express competes with other full-size vans, including the Ford E-Series and Dodge Sprinter. The GMC Savana is closely related to the Express.
New for 2010 The 4.8-, 5.3- and 6.0-liter engines are E85 compatible, and 2500 and 3500 models get a six-speed automatic transmission and revised rear axles to improve low-end torque and drivability.
Exterior Express vans are built on a separate box frame. Overall height and length of the Express and its competitors vary among different models, with variables like longer wheelbases and extended roofs. Half-ton Express models get standard 17-inch wheels. Standard flat and convex exterior mirrors on each side provide a wider field of vision.
1500 versions come on a regular-length wheelbase (135 inches)
2500 and 3500 also available in extended-wheelbase form (155 inches)
Interior A driver information center in the instrument cluster displays instructions for maintenance and warnings when the vehicle's transmission is overheating, or if a situation such as a theft attempt has taken place. A fuel-operated heater is available on vans with the 6.6-liter Duramax diesel engine to quickly heat the interior in cold weather. The system features a self-contained, pressurized auxiliary coolant heater that uses diesel fuel to generate heat.
Seating for two in cargo vans
Seating for eight, 12 or 15 in passenger vans
60/40-split left-side entry/load door available on regular-length models
Under the Hood Five available engines range from a 4.3-liter V-6 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 G-3500 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.
For 2010, 2500 and 3500 models get a six-speed automatic and revised rear axles that GM says will improve low-end torque and improve drivability.
195-horsepower, 4.3-liter V-6 with 260 pounds-feet of torque
280-hp, 4.8-liter V-8 with 296 pounds-feet of torque
310-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 with 334 pounds-feet of torque
323-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 with 373 pounds-feet of torque
250-hp, turbo-diesel 6.6-liter V-8 with 460 pounds-feet of torque
Safety Standard in all passenger vans and available in cargo models are side curtain airbags. Passenger models come with electronic stability control with rollover mitigation. Other standard safety features for all models include:
Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
Lap/shoulder belts for all center seats
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