2009 Chevrolet Express 1500

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Key Specs

of the 2009 Chevrolet Express 1500. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Interior space
  • Gasoline V-8 performance
  • Towing capacity
  • Cargo-hauling capacity

The Bad

  • Fuel economy
  • Maneuverability
  • Stability and handling without StabiliTrak
  • Noise
  • Resale value

Notable Features of the 2009 Chevrolet Express 1500

  • Up to 15-passenger capacity
  • Three duty levels available
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Choice of many gasoline V-8s
  • Diesel V-8 available in cargo vans
  • StabiliTrak standard on all passenger vans

2009 Chevrolet Express 1500 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 2009
There are no significant changes to the Express.

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. All versions of the Express are 79.4 inches wide; that's about the same as the Ford E-Series, but the Dodge Sprinter is about half an inch wider. 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)
  • 1500 is 224 inches long; 2500 and 3500 are 244 inches long
  • Each van is at least 81.6 inches tall


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 cool...
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 2009
There are no significant changes to the Express.

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. All versions of the Express are 79.4 inches wide; that's about the same as the Ford E-Series, but the Dodge Sprinter is about half an inch wider. 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)
  • 1500 is 224 inches long; 2500 and 3500 are 244 inches long
  • Each van is at least 81.6 inches tall


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 up to 17,200 Btu of heating energy.
  • 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 and are mated to a four-speed automatic transmission that incorporates a Tow/Haul mode. 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 GVWR of up to 7,300 pounds; it's 8,600 pounds for the 2500 and 9,600 pounds for the 3500.
  • 195-horsepower, 4.3-liter V-6 with 260 pounds-feet of torque
  • 279-hp, 4.8-liter V-8 with 294 pounds-feet of torque
  • 301-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 with 325 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



Latest 2009 Express 1500 Stories

Consumer Reviews

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What Drivers Are Saying

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Takes everyone, seats 8, AWD

by Summer n Winter Fun from Antioch, IL on January 21, 2018

Bought this new with the tow package, pulls a nice boat with ease. Great when we get snow, all wheel drive. No rust, no damage, was taken good care of, premium oil changes Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2009 Chevrolet Express 1500 currently has 6 recalls

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2009 Chevrolet Express 1500 Work Van

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Chevrolet

Program Benefits

Two Factory-Backed Warranties, CPO Scheduled Maintenance Program, Vehicle Inspection & Reconditioning, 3-Day/150-Mile Vehicle Exchange Program, 24/7 Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation, OnStar & SiriusXM Satellite Radio Trial Offers, and a Carfax Vehicle History Report

  • Limited Warranty

    Two Factory-Backed Warranties

    6-Year/100,000-Mile, Powertrain Limited Warranty and a 12- Month/12,000-Miles, Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty, both with $0 deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172-Point Inspection & Reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Express 1500 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker