2019 Chevrolet Express Van

What’s new

  • Lane departure warning and forward collision alert are now available
  • Part of the first Express generation introduced for 1996

Pros & Cons

  • Towing and payload capabilities are at or near the top of the class
  • V8 and diesel engines have plenty of power
  • Poor fuel economy with the V8
  • No high-roof cargo option
  • Dated interior styling and touchscreen interface
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Which Express does Edmunds recommend?

Which Chevrolet Express Passenger is best for you depends on how many people you'll routinely carry and whether the van will also be loaded up with cargo, luggage or goods. If you intend to regularly transport eight or more people or tow a trailer, consider the 3500 for its increased payload and towing capabilities.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

What the minivan is to the local youth soccer league, the full-size passenger van is to your local semi-pro club: a means to get the talent from point A to B. And when you need to move several talented bodies, a full-size passenger van like the 2019 Chevrolet Express is really your only choice.

With versatile seating arrangements, the Express can carry eight, 12 or 15 passengers. A choice of V6, stout V8 or fuel-thrifty four-cylinder diesel engine means there's a power configuration to suit most passenger needs, not to mention two available payload ratings, and an extended wheelbase if you need absolute maximum passenger and cargo capacity.

But unless you like the Chevy's styling, or you're reassured by the wide availability of spare parts, we suggest looking elsewhere. The Express is an old design, essentially the same van it was when introduced in 1996, with only minor interior and exterior refreshes to help keep it current.

Even then the Express falls short since most of its competitors offer more modern technology and better handling and even have high-roof versions that allow for better passenger entry and exit. Used-parts availability and an established track record might be potential draws, but they're not enough to make us recommend the Express Passenger van without reservation. Its competitors are simply that much better overall. 

2019 Chevrolet Express models

The 2019 Chevrolet Express Passenger is a full-size van with versatile 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, the base LS and the 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 (15-passenger seating) 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. Forward collision alert and lane departure warning are now standard features on the LT trim for 2019.

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, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, 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 offered 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.

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.


Overallundefined / 5


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 passengers.


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 in despite the immensity of this vehicle. The basic controls are easy to find and simple to use, but comforts are few.


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 what's used in other Chevys.

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    1 out of 5 stars, aghast at the sloppy, crude assembly.
    Sadder but wiser Joe,
    LS 2500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A)

    If I hadn't been maneuvered into signing the contract before seeing the van I would've refused to buy it. The wiring in the cargo area is exposed and there's no option to cover it up. Ditto for the wiring that goes to the low quality rear view camera. The sheet metal in the cargo area has globs of putty oozing from the areas where the metal overlaps. The recycled junk that's stuffed under the rubber mat is bunched up in mounds in several areas. Where possible, panels are assembled using push-in clips rather than screws. That's quicker and cheaper to assemble but some of them don't stay in their holes. One of the options that I ordered was the accessory block (for adding equipment that needs power). This thing is inside the dashboard and completely inaccessible and obviously unusable and worthless. That required many phone calls to Chevrolet customer service to try to get a refund which was refused, but finally refunded by the dealer eventually. The side doors do not stay open at a right angle so I have to push in a block of wood in the hinge to get it out of the way. The On-star antenna thing is just slapped on above the driver area, not even straight, and not in the center or rear center like every other vehicle I see. It's practically impossible to add shelving to the irregular posts. I could go on and on but you get the idea!

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    Features & Specs

    LS 2500 3dr Van features & specs
    LS 2500 3dr Van
    4.3L 6cyl 8A
    MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
    SeatingSeats 12
    Transmission8-speed automatic
    Horsepower276 hp @ 5200 rpm
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    LS 3500 3dr Ext Van features & specs
    LS 3500 3dr Ext Van
    4.3L 6cyl 8A
    MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
    SeatingSeats 12
    Transmission8-speed automatic
    Horsepower276 hp @ 5200 rpm
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    LT 3500 3dr Ext Van features & specs
    LT 3500 3dr Ext Van
    4.3L 6cyl 8A
    MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
    SeatingSeats 12
    Transmission8-speed automatic
    Horsepower276 hp @ 5200 rpm
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    LT 2500 3dr Van features & specs
    LT 2500 3dr Van
    4.3L 6cyl 8A
    MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
    SeatingSeats 12
    Transmission8-speed automatic
    Horsepower276 hp @ 5200 rpm
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    See all 2019 Chevrolet Express Van features & specs


    Our experts’ favorite Express safety features:

    Forward Collision Warning
    Sounds an alert if the system detects an imminent forward collision.
    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.

    Chevrolet Express vs. the competition

    Chevrolet Express vs. Ford Transit Passenger Van

    On technology alone, the Ford Transit has an edge on the Express. The Transit Connect's optional Ford Sync 3 infotainment brings the same kind of features offered in Ford's SUVs and trucks into the passenger van, which makes sense when you consider you'll often need to entertain more than just a driver and passenger. The Transit's diverse engine lineup is also powerful and fuel-efficient, even if acceleration with the Transit Connect's base engine is somewhat sluggish.

    Compare Chevrolet Express & Ford Transit Passenger Van features

    Chevrolet Express vs. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

    If you ever needed proof that some van buyers desire quasi-luxury appointments, look at the Sprinter. It's the most expensive of the full-size passenger van crop, and its interior is not exactly up to Mercedes S-Class standards. But for a work vehicle, the Sprinter sets the bar high, with excellent interior space, a true walk-through cabin and impressive handling. Add in a high-class and tech-rich interior, and it's no surprise that, despite its price, the Sprinter is one of the more popular choices in the segment.

    Compare Chevrolet Express & Mercedes-Benz Sprinter features

    Chevrolet Express vs. Nissan NV Passenger

    Nissan smartly prices the NV at around the same level as the Chevy Express but delivers a more modern and robust van. While the Express can claim better versatility and a wider range of applications than the NV, part of the Nissan's appeal lies in its simple model and options structure. Each of the NV's handful of trim options offers an impressive set of standard features, while the van itself is surprisingly agile out on the road. The NV doesn't offer a 15-passenger option like the Chevy does. And it's not as fuel-efficient or fortified as some of its rivals (its towing and payload capacities are less than others). But it represents an excellent value among full-size passenger vans.

    Compare Chevrolet Express & Nissan NV Passenger features


    Is the Chevrolet Express a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2019 Express 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 ranges from 127.2 to 92.1 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. Learn more

    What's new in the 2019 Chevrolet Express?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 Chevrolet Express:

    • Lane departure warning and forward collision alert are now available
    • Part of the first Express generation introduced for 1996
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    Is the Chevrolet Express reliable?

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

    Is the 2019 Chevrolet Express a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2019 Chevrolet Express is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2019 Express 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 2019 Chevrolet Express?

    The least-expensive 2019 Chevrolet Express is the 2019 Chevrolet Express LS 2500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $34,900.

    Other versions include:

    • LS 2500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $34,900
    • LS 3500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $38,000
    • LT 3500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $39,200
    • LT 2500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $36,500
    • LT 3500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $38,400
    • LS 3500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $37,200
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    What are the different models of Chevrolet Express?

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

    More about the 2019 Chevrolet Express

    2019 Chevrolet Express Van Overview

    The 2019 Chevrolet Express Van is offered in the following styles: LS 2500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A), LS 3500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A), LT 3500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A), LT 2500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A), LT 3500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A), and LS 3500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A).

    What do people think of the 2019 Chevrolet Express Van?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Chevrolet Express Van and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 Express Van 1.0 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 2019 Express Van.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2019 Chevrolet Express Van and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2019 Express Van featuring deep dives into trim levels including LS 2500, LS 3500, LT 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 2019 Chevrolet Express Van here.

    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.

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    Should I lease or buy a 2019 Chevrolet Express Van?

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