2018 Chevrolet Express Cargo

2018 Chevrolet Express Cargo
Save up to $9,403
MSRP range
$31,295 - $35,500
2018 Chevrolet Express Cargo
Save up to $9,403

Pros

  • Powerful V8 and diesel engines
  • Towing and payload capabilities are near or at the top of the class

Cons

  • Less cargo space than many competitors
  • No high-roof cargo option
  • Dated interior styling and touchscreen interface
Chevrolet Express Cargo years


Which Express Cargo does Edmunds recommend?

Since the 2018 Chevrolet Express is only available in WT trim, your cargo-hauling needs will determine which engine and wheelbase configuration is best. If it were up to us, we'd start with the long-wheelbase version to make up for the Express' height-compromised cargo area. We'd also go with the four-cylinder diesel engine for its superior fuel economy.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

Full-size vans are great vehicles for contractors and small-business owners thanks to their expansive cargo areas and substantial payload and towing capabilities. The 2018 Chevrolet Express is one of these versatile equipment haulers, with class-leading towing figures and a reasonable starting price. But its many drawbacks should lead you to consider one of its rivals instead.

The primary knock against the Express is its age. The Express launched in 1996 and it has received only sporadic refreshes and updates since then. The cabin is positively dated against the rest of the class, and the Express offers none of the latest safety and technology features of its competitors.

Although offered in standard and extended wheelbases, the Express has less cargo volume than other vans due to its single low roof height while others offer multiple roof configurations. And while towing and payload capabilities are commendable, its inefficient V8s will put a larger dent in the monthly fuel bill than competitors' V6 engines. Given the strength of the competition and lack of distinctive advantages, it's difficult to recommend the Chevrolet Express.

2018 Chevrolet Express Cargo configurations

The 2018 Chevrolet Express Cargo is a full-size van with two seats and an expansive cargo area. (Its Express Passenger sibling fills this space with additional rows of seating.) Two load ratings are available: 2500 and 3500. Each can be ordered in a standard or extended-wheelbase configuration. No matter which starting configuration you choose, the Express Cargo comes only in a single, modestly equipped WT trim. Numerous stand-alone options are available.

By default, the rear-wheel-drive Express Cargo is powered by a 4.3-liter V6 (276 horsepower, 298 pound-feet of torque) paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Alternate powertrains are available if the standard V6 doesn't meet your requirements, including a 6.0-liter V8 (341 hp, 373 lb-ft) matched to a six-speed automatic and a 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel engine (181 hp, 369 lb-ft) with an eight-speed auto.

The WT's standard features include 16-inch steel wheels, 60/40-split opening doors on the right side, a driver information display, air conditioning, power windows and locks, vinyl upholstery and floor covering, LED cargo lighting, six D-ring cargo tie-downs, a 120-volt outlet, a rearview camera, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, GM's OnStar communications, and a two-speaker audio system with AM/FM radio and an auxiliary jack.

Major equipment packages include the Convenience package, which adds a tilt-adjustable steering wheel and cruise control, and the Chrome Appearance package, which brings chrome bumpers and grille. The Hotel Shuttle package adds the Chrome Appearance items plus the 6.0-liter V8, a sliding rear passenger door, heated power mirrors, a second row of seating, tinted glass and rear cargo windows. Meanwhile, the Safety package adds the contents of the Convenience package, the V8 engine, power-adjustable mirrors, rear parking sensors with backup alarm and blind-spot monitoring, while the Ambulance package uses the V8, a heavy-duty locking differential and a more powerful battery and alternator. A separate bundle adds a 6.5-inch touchscreen, navigation, Bluetooth, a CD player and a USB port.

Some of the above features can be added as stand-alone options. Other options include all-terrain tires, remote locking and unlocking, remote engine start, rear parking sensors, a backup alarm, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cloth upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, satellite radio, a spray-in cargo liner, and rear air conditioning and heating.

Trim tested

Edmunds has not yet driven any version of this vehicle. The following is our first take on what's significant about it and what you can expect.

Driving

Even the standard-wheelbase Express is a large vehicle, and it drives like one. Tidy handling and accurate steering are not among the big Chevy's marching orders. The upgraded V8 engine is responsive, though, and easily gets the van up to highway speeds, even with a full load of cargo.

Comfort

The driver and front passenger are divided by an enormous center bulge covering some of the engine and transmission, the width of which causes the driver to feel squeezed even in this large vehicle. The basic controls are easy to find and simple to use, but comforts are few.

Interior

The interior looks exceptionally dated compared to the rest of the class. The old-school vibe continues with the engine covering that protrudes into the driver and passenger footwell. Getting into the cargo area is hampered by a low roof and the lack of a door behind the driver.

Utility

Cargo volume behind the front seats measures 239.7 cubic feet in the short-wheelbase (SWB) Express, increasing to 284.4 cubes in the long-wheelbase (LWB) model. Cargo capacity in the SWB model is in line with similar vans, but the LWB's volume is lacking. Rivals offer taller roofs.

Technology

The standard radio comes only with AM/FM radio reception and an auxiliary jack. You'll have to pay more for a CD player, satellite radio, a USB port, and an ancient touchscreen interface that is several generations removed from what's used in other Chevrolets.

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Features & Specs

MSRP
$31,295
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 2
8-speed automatic
Gas
276 hp @ 5200 rpm
MSRP
$33,155
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 2
8-speed automatic
Gas
276 hp @ 5200 rpm
MSRP
$35,500
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 2
8-speed automatic
Gas
276 hp @ 5200 rpm
MSRP
$34,615
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 2
8-speed automatic
Gas
276 hp @ 5200 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Express Cargo safety features:

Rear Vision Camera
Displays a view of the area immediately behind the Express in the rearview mirror.
Rear Park Assist
Sounds an alert when the Express is close to an object behind the van.
Backup Alarm
Sounds an exterior alert to pedestrians and other motorists when the Express is put in Reverse.

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More about the 2018 Chevrolet Express Cargo

The 2018 Chevrolet Express Cargo is a full-size van with two seats and an expansive, configurable cargo area. Like other work vans, the Express Cargo is highly customizable with several available engines, wheelbases and load ratings. There's only one base trim and just a few packages that bundle multiple features; most additional options are stand-alone.

The Express Cargo's base WT trim is sparsely equipped but offers a few features, including air conditioning, vinyl upholstery, LED cargo lighting and cargo tie-down hooks. Four packages are available: Convenience, which adds a tilt-adjustable steering wheel and cruise control; Chrome Appearance, which tacks on chrome bumpers and grille; Hotel Shuttle, which adds rear windows and a second row of seating; and Ambulance, which uses heavy-duty mechanical parts. There's also a separate bundle that combines a touchscreen interface with navigation, Bluetooth, a CD player and a USB port. Most options in these packages are sold as separate items. Additional available safety systems and creature comforts include cloth upholstery, satellite radio, remote locking and unlocking, a rearview camera and rear parking sensors.

By default, the rear-wheel-drive Express Cargo is driven by a 4.6-liter V6 producing 276 horsepower and 298 pound-feet of torque. If you need more power, order the 6.0-liter V8 with its 341 hp and 373 lb-ft of torque. For those with an eye on monthly fuel costs, consider the new four-cylinder diesel engine, which makes 181 hp and 369 lb-ft. Two wheelbase configurations are available, with the longer version increasing cargo capacity from 239.7 cubic feet to 284.4 cubic feet. Either can be ordered in 2500 or 3500 load ratings.

The 2018 Chevrolet Express Cargo is priced about the same as other cargo vans, but it is far less customizable and rivals are mostly powered by smaller, more fuel-efficient engines. Its storage area is on the small side when compared to others offering high roof and extended cargo options. The Express has been around since 1996 but has only enjoyed a few updates and styling refreshes. In other words, it drives like a big old-school van with few of today's safety and tech features. If you're willing to overlook its deficiencies, you'll find the Express is not only reasonably priced, but it also comes near the top for payload and towing ratings. Use Edmunds' robust pricing and search tools to find your ideal 2018 Chevrolet Express Cargo.

2018 Chevrolet Express Cargo Overview

The 2018 Chevrolet Express Cargo is offered in the following submodels: Express Cargo Van. Available styles include 2500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A), 2500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A), 3500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A), and 3500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A).

What do people think of the 2018 Chevrolet Express Cargo?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Chevrolet Express Cargo and all its trim types. 0 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 Express Cargo.

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2018 Chevrolet Express Cargo 3500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A)

The 2018 Chevrolet Express Cargo 3500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $38,280. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Express Cargo 3500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) is trending $9,403 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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2018 Chevrolet Express Cargo 2500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A)

The 2018 Chevrolet Express Cargo 2500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,840. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Express Cargo 2500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) is trending $7,381 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The 2018 Chevrolet Express Cargo 2500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $32,100. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Express Cargo 2500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) is trending $8,357 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The 2018 Chevrolet Express Cargo 3500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $39,705. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Express Cargo 3500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) is trending $7,366 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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