2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo

MSRP range: $32,500 - $36,400
MSRP$35,655
Edmunds suggests you pay$32,534

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2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo Review

  • Powerful V8 and efficient diesel engines
  • Payload and towing capacities at or near the top of its class
  • Less cargo space than many competitors
  • No high-roof option or available all-wheel drive
  • Dated interior styling and driving experience
  • A new, more powerful 6.6-liter V8 replaces previous V8
  • Navigation system no longer available
  • Part of the first Express generation introduced for 1996

The 2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo is a proven utility vehicle that holds its own when it comes to competitive pricing and strong tow ratings. There's something to be said about a tried-and-true model. But there's no getting around the fact that this van is old. It was last redesigned in 1996 and hasn't received a major styling update since 2003.

To its credit, Chevrolet has been making constant tweaks. Most notable for the 2021 Express Cargo models is the new 6.6-liter V8 engine. It makes a stout 401 horsepower and replaces the previous 341-hp V8. Whether you've got a heavy payload in back or you're pulling a big trailer, the Express will likely be up to the task.

Unfortunately, the Express lacks the more nimble maneuvering, improved fuel efficiency, and smarter use of interior space of today's crop of modern vans such as the Ford Transit and Ram ProMaster. Nor does it offer a high-roof option or available all-wheel drive, so it's hard to consider the Express as anything but a decent choice for a no-frills commercial vehicle.

Which Express Cargo does Edmunds recommend?

Choosing the right Express Cargo van will depend entirely on your needs. If you need to carry a heavy payload, opt for the 3500 model. We recommend the V8 engine if you will be towing often. If fuel economy is a priority, consider the four-cylinder diesel. Finally, if maximizing cargo space is required, then opt for the long wheelbase.
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Chevrolet Express Cargo models

The 2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo is a work vehicle designed to meet the needs of contractors, plumbers, electricians and other workers who need to haul bulky or heavy cargo and tow heavy loads. A single trim is offered in one- to five-passenger seating configurations, leaving the rest of the van body available for cargo. If transporting people is a priority, consider the Express Passenger van, which can seat up to 15. It is reviewed separately on Edmunds.

The Express Cargo has two payload configurations (2500 and 3500) that determine how much weight you can carry and two wheelbases that enable the Express Cargo to accommodate a variety of needs.

The Express' engine lineup includes three offerings:

  • A standard 4.3-liter V6 (276 horsepower, 298 lb-ft) paired to an eight-speed automatic
  • An available 6.6-liter V8 (401 hp, 464 lb-ft) matched to a six-speed automatic
  • An available turbocharged 2.8-liter diesel four-cylinder engine (181 hp, 369 lb-ft) with an eight-speed automatic

As a spartan work vehicle, the Express Cargo comes with only the most basic features. Highlights include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Onboard Wi-Fi hotspot (via GM's OnStar communication service)
  • Power windows and locks
  • Vinyl upholstery
  • Two-speaker audio system with an auxiliary jack
  • Rearview camera

Available options include:

  • Bluetooth
  • Keyless entry and remote start
  • Blind-spot monitoring (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
  • Forward collision warning (alerts you of a possible collision with the car in front)
  • Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)

Other option packages allow owners to customize the Express Cargo to suit their business needs.

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Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$32,500
MPG & Fuel
N/A City / N/A Hwy / N/A Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 31.0 gal. capacity
Seating
2 seats
Drivetrain
Type: rear wheel drive
Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
V6 cylinder
Horsepower: 276 hp @ 5200 rpm
Torque: 298 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 224.1 in. / Height: 84.8 in.
Overall Width with Mirrors: N/A
Overall Width without Mirrors: 79.3 in.
Curb Weight: 5261 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 239.4 cu.ft.

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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 if you're backing up and the Express gets too close to an object.
Forward Collision Warning
Warns you if the system detects an imminent front collision.


Chevrolet Express Cargo vs. the competition

2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo

2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo

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Chevrolet Express Cargo vs. Ram Promaster Cargo Van

The Ram ProMaster shares its design with the Fiat Ducato, a European work van, which gives it some distinctive elements. The main one is its front-wheel-drive architecture, which is unique in this class. Compared to the Express, it offers more interior cargo space but comes up short on maximum towing capacity.

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Chevrolet Express Cargo vs. Ford Transit Cargo Van

The Ford Transit comes in two wheelbases like the Express Cargo, but it also offers three roof heights and three body lengths, making it a far more versatile van when it comes to varying business needs. And unlike the Express, the Transit offers all-wheel drive as an option. It was also last redesigned in 2015, which makes it a far more modern vehicle than the Express.

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Chevrolet Express Cargo vs. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Not far removed from its 2019 redesign, the Sprinter offers the most updated look and feel among today's vans. It also offers you the option to upgrade to a thoroughly modern infotainment system. A range of available body lengths and roof heights, plus available all-wheel drive, highlight the Sprinter's versatility.

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FAQ

Is the Chevrolet Express Cargo a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Express Cargo both on the road and at the track. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the Express Cargo ranges from 239.4 to 283.6 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 Express Cargo. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo:

  • A new, more powerful 6.6-liter V8 replaces previous V8
  • Navigation system no longer available
  • Part of the first Express generation introduced for 1996
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Is the Chevrolet Express Cargo reliable?

To determine whether the Chevrolet Express Cargo is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Express Cargo. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Express Cargo's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Express Cargo is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo?

The least-expensive 2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo is the 2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo 2500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $32,500.

Other versions include:

  • 2500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $34,400
  • 3500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $35,600
  • 2500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $32,500
  • 3500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $36,400
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What are the different models of Chevrolet Express Cargo?

If you're interested in the Chevrolet Express Cargo, the next question is, which Express Cargo model is right for you? Express Cargo variants include 2500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A), 3500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A), 2500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A), and 3500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A). For a full list of Express Cargo models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo

2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo Overview

The 2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo is offered in the following submodels: Express Cargo Van. Available styles include 2500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A), 3500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A), 3500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A), and 2500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A). Chevrolet Express Cargo models are available with a 4.3 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 276 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo 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 2021 Express Cargo.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Express Cargo featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo?

2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo 2500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A)

The 2021 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 $35,655. The average price paid for a new 2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo 2500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) is trending $3,121 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,121 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $32,534.

The average savings for the 2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo 2500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) is 8.8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 18 2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo 2500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo 3500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A)

The 2021 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 $41,020. The average price paid for a new 2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo 3500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) is trending $3,550 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,550 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $37,470.

The average savings for the 2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo 3500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) is 8.7% below the MSRP.

Which 2021 Chevrolet Express Cargos are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo for sale near. There are currently 28 new 2021 Express Cargos listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $34,130 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo. Then select Edmunds special offers, perks, deals, and incentives to contact the dealer of your choice and save up to $3,000 on a used or CPO 2021 Express Cargo available from a dealership near you.

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo?

2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo 2500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded

2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo 3500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded

2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo 3500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded

EPA Est. MPGN/A
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Drive Trainrear wheel drive
Displacement4.3 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase155.2 in.
Length244.1 in.
WidthN/A
Height84.3 in.
Curb Weight5483 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Chevrolet Express Cargo?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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