Used 2018 Chevrolet City Express

2018 Chevrolet City Express
List Price Estimate
$12,591 - $14,084

Pros & Cons

  • More maneuverable than bigger, standard-size cargo vans
  • Fuel-efficient powertrain
  • Low cost of entry
  • Offers less power and cargo space than rivals
  • Interior materials feel low-quality and plain
  • Requires a long distance to stop in panic-braking situations
Chevrolet City Express years
2018
Chevrolet City Express for Sale

Which City Express does Edmunds recommend?

We recommend the LT trim as it includes cruise control, an additional 12-volt outlet (for a total of two) and rear parking sensors.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

6.7 / 10

The 2018 Chevrolet City Express is a compact cargo van that's designed for small businesses or fleet operators that don't need the behemothlike girth of a full-size van and would rather prioritize maneuverability and cost effectiveness. But that doesn't mean the City Express can't get the job done. Its cargo area's total interior volume is 122.7 cubic feet, and it can handle up to 1,500 pounds of load capacity.

But there's more to work-time practicality than just interior volume. There are numerous cargo tie-down points, and the rear doors can open up to 180 degrees so you can back up to a loading dock or deck. The center console bin is sized for files, so operators can keep essential paperwork at hand. Should you need a work surface, the passenger seatback folds forward, revealing a plastic panel for you to set a laptop or write upon.

Moving all of this is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 131 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque. This power output is on the low side for the small cargo van segment, but the City Express beats the competition where it counts: the bottom line. The City Express has a lower MSRP and better fuel economy.

Still, take a look at your requirements since the Ram ProMaster City offers more power and payload capacity and the Ford Transit Connect is available in more configurations. Also note that this is the last year for the City Express. After 2018, Chevy will be discontinuing it.

Chevrolet City Express models

The 2018 Chevrolet City Express is a small cargo van that's mechanically related to the Nissan NV200. It comes in two basic trim levels: LS and LT. It's powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 131 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque, and is paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that drives the front wheels. The LS is fairly bare-bones, with the LT including a few more convenience options to make life in the City Express easier.

Standard equipment on the LS trim includes 15-inch steel wheels, 40/60-split rear cargo doors, sliding rear side doors, power front windows, power door locks, keyless entry, cloth upholstery, vinyl flooring, a height-adjustable driver's seat with manual lumbar adjustment, a fold-flat passenger seat, a tilt-only steering wheel, air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, and a two-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack. Cruise control and rear parking sensors are available as stand-alone options for the LS.

The LT includes all of the above, plus heated power mirrors, an additional rear 12-volt power outlet, cruise control, and rear parking sensors.

Optional on both the LS and LT are two Glass packages and an Appearance package. The Glass packages add privacy glass to the rear and passenger-side windows, as well as a rearview mirror and a rear defroster. The Appearance package adds wheel covers, a chrome grille with black accents, and body-colored bumpers, mirrors and door handles.

The Technology package is available only on the LT trim and adds a 5.8-inch touchscreen display (a Nissan system, not Chevrolet MyLink), a navigation system, satellite radio, and a USB audio jack.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Chevrolet City Express (2.0L inline-4 | CVT automatic | FWD).

Scorecard

Overall6.7 / 10
Driving7.0
Comfort6.5
Interior7.0
Utility7.0

Driving

7.0
It's little surprise that the City Express is most suited for city driving. Quick turn-in, light steering and a tight turning radius remove stress from daily driving. At higher speeds the van is highly susceptible to crosswinds. Acceleration and braking are similar to that of many subcompact cars.

Acceleration

7.5
The 131-hp engine gets by for most city driving. More power would be nice for carrying larger loads, and the CVT automatic's rev-happy nature makes this more clear. In our tests the City Express covered 0-60 mph in 10.2 seconds.

Braking

5.0
The front-disc, rear-drum brake combo works fine in normal daily driving conditions. In a simulated panic-stop at our test track, the van needed 143 feet to stop from 60 mph, and that's without any extra weight. We consider that to be poor.

Steering

7.5
Steering weight is lighter at lower speeds and increases appropriately as speeds pick up. Overall, the steering works fine, especially considering its purpose as a work vehicle.

Handling

6.0
The City Express is calm and predictable in normal driving. It leans considerably through corners, amplified by a high center of gravity, but in most situations you won't notice how soft it is.

Drivability

7.5
The high-profile, boxy shape of this van makes it susceptible to crosswinds. Initial steering turn-in is quick, helpful when making low-speed parking lot maneuvers. The turning radius is 36.7 feet, which is decent for a van.

Comfort

6.5
The minimalist nature of the City Express negatively impacts comfort. The driver's seat offers few adjustments. The steering wheel doesn't telescope. Ride quality is acceptable as a work van but nothing more. The rear cargo area amplifies road noise when empty.

Seat comfort

6.0
A lack of steering wheel adjustment means some will never find their driving position sweet spot. The sloping door panel design makes for a poor armrest. Only the driver gets a center armrest. The seats have reasonable support.

Ride comfort

7.0
The ride quality is average for a work van. The ride will also be affected if you load the van to its maximum payload rating.

Noise & vibration

6.0
This cargo version is a two-seater. With no back seats, there's a cavernous storage area that tends to be quite boomy when empty. Load it full of gear and the noise gets muffled considerably.

Interior

7.0
The LT is a cosmetic step up from the interior of the base City Express. The radio and most controls are simple and easy to use. Most will find the front seat very accessible. A low load floor in the cargo area is a plus. Visibility is a serious minus, even with a rearview camera.

Ease of use

7.0
Instrument panel gauges are basic. Air conditioning and fan controls are dial-operated, radio functions are a mix of small buttons and knobs. The fuel filler neck is strangely low. Six-footers will need to bend down awkwardly to refuel.

Getting in/getting out

8.5
Front doors open to nearly 90 degrees for great access to the seats. Sliding cargo doors on either side open fully for load area access. Rear cargo doors also open about 180 degrees.

Roominess

7.5
The rear cargo loading area is 4.7 feet wide by 3.9 feet tall by 6.7 feet deep, measured by way of the rear cargo doors. Sliding doors grant access from both sides of the van. There are cargo mounting points inside the storage area.

Visibility

5.5
Large front windows with additional lower peek-a-boo windows increase forward/side views, as do the large side mirrors with blind-spot bubbles. Visibility is otherwise limited by windowless side panel doors.

Quality

6.0
A squeaky work van is forgivable to a point, especially when it is empty. Some exterior trim pieces flex when door handles are pulled.

Utility

7.0
Center console storage consists of two medium-depth trays and a large, laptop-size bin. None are covered. Door pockets are too narrow for cupholders. Behind the front seats is 122.7 cubic feet of cargo space. Max payload is 1,500 pounds.

Technology

The City Express' standard head unit features AM/FM reception, a CD slot, Bluetooth connectivity, and aux-in, playing through two door-mounted speakers.

Consumer reviews

There are no consumer reviews for the 2018 Chevrolet City Express.

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    Features & Specs

    LS 4dr Minivan features & specs
    LS 4dr Minivan
    2.0L 4cyl CVT
    MPG 24 city / 26 hwy
    Seats 2
    Continuously variable-speed automatic
    Gas
    131 hp @ 5200 rpm

    LT 4dr Minivan features & specs
    LT 4dr Minivan
    2.0L 4cyl CVT
    MPG 24 city / 26 hwy
    Seats 2
    Continuously variable-speed automatic
    Gas
    131 hp @ 5200 rpm

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    Safety

    Our experts like the City Express models:

    Rear Park Assist
    Warns you if you get too close to an obstacle while reversing.
    Rear Vision Camera
    Helps mitigate a reversing accident by displaying a rearview video image on the infotainment screen.
    Brake Force Distribution
    Maximizes braking force by sending power to the wheels with the most grip.

    Chevrolet City Express vs. the competition

    Chevrolet City Express vs. Nissan NV200

    For all intents and purposes, these two models are identical. This helps buyers who are interested in buying a lightweight cargo carrier. Chevrolet has announced that it will be discontinuing the City Express after 2018. This means your only choice for small, frugal cargo transport next year will be the NV200.

    Compare Chevrolet City Express & Nissan NV200 features

    Chevrolet City Express vs. Ford Transit Connect

    The Transit Connect offers buyers multiple wheelbases, rear hatch configurations and other options. In contrast, the City Express' relatively simple ordering process makes buying easier for business owners and fleet buyers. The City Express has more interior cargo volume than the regular Transit Connect, and it also gets better city and combined fuel economy.

    Compare Chevrolet City Express & Ford Transit Connect features

    Chevrolet City Express vs. Ram ProMaster City

    More compact and frugal, the City Express is easier to drive in dense city environments. The ProMaster City, however, features more power, a larger cargo area and more payload capability. Picking between the two largely comes down to which van is better suited for your needs.

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    FAQ

    Is the Chevrolet City Express a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2018 City Express both on the road and at the track, giving it a 6.7 out of 10. You probably care about Chevrolet City Express fuel economy, so it's important to know that the City Express gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the City Express has 122.7 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Chevrolet City Express. Learn more
    What's new in the 2018 Chevrolet City Express?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2018 Chevrolet City Express:

    • Bluetooth connectivity and rearview camera are standard on LS and LT models
    • Part of the first City Express generation introduced for 2015
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    Is the Chevrolet City Express reliable?
    To determine whether the Chevrolet City Express is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the City Express. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the City Express's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
    Is the 2018 Chevrolet City Express a good car?
    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2018 Chevrolet City Express is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2018 City Express and gave it a 6.7 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2018 City Express is a good car for you. Learn more
    How much should I pay for a 2018 Chevrolet City Express?

    The least-expensive 2018 Chevrolet City Express is the 2018 Chevrolet City Express LS 4dr Minivan (2.0L 4cyl CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $22,855.

    Other versions include:

    • LS 4dr Minivan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $22,855
    • LT 4dr Minivan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $23,715
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    What are the different models of Chevrolet City Express?
    If you're interested in the Chevrolet City Express, the next question is, which City Express model is right for you? City Express variants include LS 4dr Minivan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), and LT 4dr Minivan (2.0L 4cyl CVT). For a full list of City Express models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2018 Chevrolet City Express

    The 2018 Chevrolet City Express is part of a new market segment: small commercial vans. A handful of manufacturers offer these smart little vans; Chevrolet's City Express is not a homegrown design but rather a rebadged version of the Nissan NV200. Aside from the badging, the two vans are virtually identical. This is important to know since 2018 will be the last year Chevrolet will sell these mini cargo transporters.

    Anyone who has tried to shoehorn a full-size cargo van through traffic-choked urban streets or tight parking lots will see the advantage of the City Express. Parking a full-size van can be like docking a cruise ship; the City Express feels more like a ski boat, and not just because of its small size. We like the light steering, sharp turn-in and small turning radius. And yet the City Express hauls more than you might expect: Cargo capacity maxes out at 122.7 cubic feet, with a maximum payload of 1,500 pounds. This puts it toward the lower end of small vans, but it's still a lot of capacity for a vehicle the size of a small car.

    Unlike some of its competitors, the City Express does not offer a passenger version; this is a dedicated cargo van with just two seats. The passenger seatback can be folded down to serve as a work desk or an impromptu picnic table. Interior accommodations are basic, and the non-telescoping steering wheel means finding a comfortable driving position can be a challenge. But cargo fares pretty darn well. The City Express has dual-sliding doors at the sides and wide-opening barn doors at the back, and the cargo area is festooned with cargo tie-downs and mounting points for shelving installation.

    The City Express offers just one powertrain: a Nissan-sourced 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 131 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque. It drives the front wheels through a continuously variable automatic transmission. Fuel economy is a strong point. The EPA estimate is 25 mpg combined (24 city/26 highway). But performance isn't all that brisk — we timed the City Express to 60 mph in 10.2 seconds, slow by car standards but about average among small vans, and a heavy load will only make it feel slower. The City Express' braking performance was also poor; a hard stop from 60 mph took a lengthy 143 feet.

    Chevrolet offers the City Express in LS and LT models. The former comes decently equipped for a basic work van, while the latter adds features that make a day spent in the van more bearable. Which model is best? Edmunds can help find the perfect 2018 Chevrolet City Express for you.

    Used 2018 Chevrolet City Express Overview

    The Used 2018 Chevrolet City Express is offered in the following submodels: City Express Minivan. Available styles include LS 4dr Minivan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), and LT 4dr Minivan (2.0L 4cyl CVT).

    What do people think of the 2018 Chevrolet City Express?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Chevrolet City Express and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 City Express.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

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    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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