2017 Chevrolet Express Van

2017 Chevrolet Express
MSRP range
$33,140 - $37,650
2017 Chevrolet Express


  • Towing and payload capabilities are at or near the top of the class
  • V8 engines have enough power to move a loaded van


  • V8 engines are thirstier than rivals' V6 offerings
  • No high-roof cargo option
  • Dated interior styling and touchscreen interface
Chevrolet Express years

Which Express does Edmunds recommend?

Recommending any one version of the 2017 Chevrolet Express Passenger is difficult; the body and load rating you should choose will largely depend on your needs. If you intend to regularly fill the van with people or tow a trailer, consider the 3500 for its increased payload and tow capabilities. If you need an additional row of seats, check out the extended-wheelbase 3500. We think the regular-wheelbase 3500 will be suitable for most buyers and the LT trim's reasonable price point and increased feature content make it the more desirable trim.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

A full-size passenger van is really the only choice if you're looking to transport a large number of people. The 2017 Chevrolet Express is one option, with versatile seating arrangements that can host eight, 12 or 15 passengers. But unless you like the styling or are comforted by the wide availability of spare parts, we suggest you look elsewhere.

Advanced age is the primary knock against the Express. Though it has undergone minor interior and exterior refreshes over the years, today's Express is the same as the one that launched in 1996. All other competitors have been fully redesigned since then. Rivals also offer high-roof variants to aid passenger ingress and egress. Although used-parts availability and an established track record might be potential draws, overall we don't recommend the Chevrolet Express Passenger given the strength of the competition and lack of competitive advantage.

2017 Chevrolet Express configurations

The 2017 Chevrolet Express Passenger is a full-size van with abundant seating configurations and room for up to 12 people. (Its Express Cargo sibling retains the front two seats and uses the rest of the interior as an expansive cargo area.) It's available in two load ratings, 2500 and 3500, and in two trims, base LS and LT. Additionally, the 3500 can be ordered with a long wheelbase, which increases the length of the floor by 20 inches. The additional room allows for another row of seats, if you desire.

The LS is powered by a 4.8-liter V8 (285 horsepower, 295 pound-feet of torque) mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard features include 16-inch steel wheels, a 60/40-split opening passenger door, 12-passenger seating (2-3-3-4 with a 50/50-split back row), air-conditioning, power windows and locks, a driver information display, vinyl upholstery and floor covering, GM's OnStar emergency communications, and a two-speaker audio system with an AM/FM stereo and an auxiliary port.

A tilt-only steering wheel and cruise control are standard on 3500 models and optional for the 2500. Opting for the extended-wheelbase 3500 adds rear air-conditioning, which is available as a separate option for the other LS models.

Stepping up to the LT adds front and rear chrome bumpers, remote locking and unlocking, cloth upholstery, carpeted flooring and rear air-conditioning. This trim also adds the tilt-only steering wheel and cruise control to the 2500.

Many of the features added by the LT are available on LS models as well. A bundle containing a 6.5-inch touchscreen with integrated rearview camera display, Bluetooth, a CD player, a USB port and a navigation system is available for any Express Passenger model. A rearview camera with display located in the rearview mirror can be ordered on any vehicle without the touchscreen. Other stand-alone options include power-adjustable heated mirrors, rear parking sensors, a heavy-duty locking rear differential, remote vehicle start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power-adjustable front seats, satellite radio and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.

Some features and packages are available only when the appropriate body type is selected. The Paratransit package for 3500 extended-wheelbase models removes the rear seat and reverts to vinyl floor coverings. This body style can also be ordered in a 15-passenger (2-3-3-3-4 seating) configuration. Standard-wheelbase 2500 and 3500 models can be ordered in an eight-passenger (2-3-3) configuration.

Two additional powertrains are available on any body style. For hauling a high number of people, consider the 6.0-liter V8 (342 hp, 373 lb-ft) matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. If fuel efficiency is a priority, check out the 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel engine paired to an eight-speed automatic.


Most vehicles in this class max out at 12 seats, but the Express (along with its GMC Savana twin and the Ford Transit) offers seating for up to 15. A high roof is not on the options list, so passengers will have to duck as they enter and exit.


The cargo area behind the rear seats measures an impressive 92.1 cubic feet, leaving plenty of room for carry-on luggage. All seats behind the first row are removable should you need to store extra cargo, increasing the area to 252.8 cubes in the long-wheelbase model.


The Express isn't the most tech-forward van on the market, with just a two-speaker sound system, AM/FM radio and an auxiliary port as standard. Additions such as a USB port, CD player and navigation are available. The optional touchscreen's user interface is dated compared to those in other Chevys.

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Features & Specs

11 city / 16 hwy
Seats 12
6-speed automatic
Flex-fuel (ffv)
285 hp @ 5400 rpm
11 city / 16 hwy
Seats 12
6-speed automatic
Flex-fuel (ffv)
285 hp @ 5400 rpm
11 city / 16 hwy
Seats 12
6-speed automatic
Flex-fuel (ffv)
285 hp @ 5400 rpm
11 city / 16 hwy
Seats 12
6-speed automatic
Flex-fuel (ffv)
285 hp @ 5400 rpm
See all 2017 Chevrolet Express Van features & specs


Our experts’ favorite Express safety features:

Rear Vision Camera
Displays a view of the area immediately behind the Express in the rearview mirror or in the central display with the optional touchscreen.
Rear Park Assist
Sounds an alert when the rear of the Express is close to an object.
Provides third-party assistance in the event of a collision, vehicle theft and other emergencies.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover3 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover29.2%

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More about the 2017 Chevrolet Express

The 2017 Chevrolet Express Passenger is a full-size van that can hold more passengers than a typical family-oriented minivan. Seating for 12 is standard, and eight- and 15-passenger models are available depending on body style. The Express highlights its versatility with multiple engines, wheelbases and load ratings to suit your business needs. It comes in two trims — LS and LT — each of which offer a smattering of stand-alone options.

The Express Passenger's base LS trim is modestly equipped but offers a few comforts, including power windows and locks, air-conditioning, vinyl upholstery and an auxiliary audio jack. The only available package marries a tilt-adjustable steering wheel with cruise control. The upper-level LT trim adds that plus chrome bumpers, cloth upholstery, rear air-conditioning, and remote locking and unlocking. There's also a separate bundle that combines a touchscreen interface with navigation, Bluetooth, a CD player and a USB port. Additional upgrades include power-adjustable mirrors, satellite radio, a rearview camera and rear parking sensors.

Under the hood of the rear-wheel-drive Express Passenger is 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 load ratings are available — 2500 and 3500 — and the 3500 can be ordered in an extended-wheelbase body style. This allows for a larger cargo area behind the fourth row or another row of seating to accommodate a grand total of 15 passengers.

The 2017 Chevrolet Express Passenger costs about the same as competing passenger vans, but it is far less customizable and rivals are mostly powered by smaller, more fuel-efficient engines. The passenger area behind the first row is large enough to seat riders comfortably, but other vans offer high-roof options to aid ingress and egress. Finally, the Express is extremely old compared to the rest of the class (this generation dates back to 1996), so its dated interior lacks some of the latest entertainment and safety tech that others enjoy. If you decide that the benefits outweigh the deficiencies, use Edmunds' pricing and search tools to find the perfect Express Passenger for you.

2017 Chevrolet Express Van Overview

The 2017 Chevrolet Express Van is offered in the following styles: LT 3500 3dr Ext Van (4.8L 8cyl 6A), LS 3500 3dr Ext Van (4.8L 8cyl 6A), LT 2500 3dr Van (4.8L 8cyl 6A), LS 2500 3dr Van (4.8L 8cyl 6A), LT 3500 3dr Van (4.8L 8cyl 6A), and LS 3500 3dr Van (4.8L 8cyl 6A).

What do people think of the 2017 Chevrolet Express Van?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 Chevrolet Express Van 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 2017 Express Van.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2017 Chevrolet Express Van and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2017 Express Van featuring deep dives into trim levels including LT 3500, LS 3500, LT 2500, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Read our full review of the 2017 Chevrolet Express Van here.
Our Review Process

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Should I lease or buy a 2017 Chevrolet Express?

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