The 2017 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 (a tilt-adjustable steering wheel and cruise control), Chrome Appearance (with chrome bumpers), Hotel Shuttle (adds rear windows and a second row of seating) and Ambulance (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 4.8-liter V8 producing 285 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. If you need more power, order the 6.0-liter V8 with its 342 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 2017 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; some others offer high roof and extended cargo options. And though it has enjoyed a few interior and exterior refreshes over its lifespan, the Express has been around since 1996. 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 2017 Chevrolet Express Cargo.
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