2018 Chevrolet Express

2018 Chevrolet Express
Save up to $6,334
MSRP range
$33,515 - $38,025
2018 Chevrolet Express
Save up to $6,334


  • 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

Which Express does Edmunds recommend?

Recommending any one version of the 2018 Chevrolet Express Passenger is tricky since the wheelbase and load rating you should choose will largely depend on your needs. If you intend to regularly carry eight or more people or tow a trailer, consider the 3500 for its increased payload and towing capabilities.

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 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.

2018 Chevrolet Express configurations

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.

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.


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 even in this large 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 those in other Chevys.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Chevrolet Express.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

You’d never guess it’s a 2018!
Arman AhSomething,06/30/2018
The only reason I’m giving this a one star is because I can’t give a zero. The worst vehicle I’ve ever ridden in or driven... The suspension is pathetic, it feels like you’re riding in a bouncy house. The entire interior is made of cheap cheap plastics AND when you get in, it literally feels like a car from the late 1980s or early 1990s. I cannot wrap my head around this being a 2018 model car and how the people at GM are ok with selling this piece of junk. Is brand image protection not a thing anymore?? I ride (and sometimes drive) this thing on my carpool/vanpool to work, 25 miles each way so I have extensive experience. Test drive a Ford Transit before even considering this POS.
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Features & Specs

N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 12
8-speed automatic
276 hp @ 5200 rpm
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 12
8-speed automatic
276 hp @ 5200 rpm
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 12
8-speed automatic
276 hp @ 5200 rpm
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 12
8-speed automatic
276 hp @ 5200 rpm
See all 2018 Chevrolet Express 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.

2018 Chevrolet Express for Sale

Chevrolet Express 2018 LS 3500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A)
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More about the 2018 Chevrolet Express

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 Overview

The 2018 Chevrolet Express is offered in the following submodels: Express Van. Available styles include LT 3500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A), LT 2500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A), LS 3500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A), LS 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 2018 Chevrolet Express?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Chevrolet Express and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Express 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.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Chevrolet Express and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Express 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 2018 Chevrolet Express?
2018 Chevrolet Express LS 3500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A)

The 2018 Chevrolet Express LS 3500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $41,445. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Express LS 3500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) is trending $6,334 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,334 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$35,111.

The average savings for the 2018 Chevrolet Express LS 3500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) is15.3% below the MSRP.

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Which 2018 Chevrolet Expresses are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Chevrolet Express?

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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