2018 Chevrolet Express Van
- Towing and payload capabilities are at or near the top of the class
- V8 and diesel engines have plenty of power
- Dated interior styling and touchscreen interface
- No high-roof cargo option
- Poor fuel economy with the V8
2018 Chevrolet Express Van pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Express does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
A full-size passenger van is really the only choice if you're looking to transport a large number of people. The 2018 Chevrolet Express is one option, with versatile seating arrangements that can carry 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.
The age of the Express is the primary knock against it. Though it has undergone minor interior and exterior refreshes over the years, today's Express is essentially the same as the one that launched way back in 1996. All other competitors have been fully redesigned since then. Rivals also offer high-roof variants to allow for better passenger entry and exit. Although used-parts availability and an established track record might be potential draws, overall we can't recommend the Chevrolet Express Passenger given the many strengths of its competition and lack of competitive advantage.
trim levels & features
The 2018 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 cargo area by about 20 inches. The additional room allows for another row of seats if you desire.
The LS is powered by a 4.3-liter V6 (276 horsepower, 298 pound-feet of torque) paired to an eight-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 communications, a rearview camera, 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 Bluetooth, a CD player, a USB port and a navigation system is available for any Express Passenger model. A rearview camera with the 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 large number of people, consider the 6.0-liter V8 (341 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 (181 hp, 369 lb-ft) paired to an eight-speed automatic.
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 or other emergency.
The 2018 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 offers 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 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 load ratings are available — 2500 and 3500 — and the 3500 can be ordered in an extended-wheelbase body style. It allows for a larger cargo area behind the fourth row or another row of seating to accommodate a grand total of 15 passengers.
The 2018 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 way back to 1996), so its 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.
2018 Chevrolet Express Van Overview
The 2018 Chevrolet Express Van is offered in the following styles: LT 2500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A), LT 3500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A), LS 3500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A), LS 2500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A), LS 3500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A), and LT 3500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A).
What do people think of the 2018 Chevrolet Express Van?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Chevrolet Express Van and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Express Van 1 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. 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 Van.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Chevrolet Express Van and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Express Van featuring deep dives into trim levels including LT 2500, LT 3500, LS 3500, 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 2018 Chevrolet Express Van here.
Our Review Process
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