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Original MSRP: $27,075 - $32,219
MPG: 12 City / 16 Hwy
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2008 Chevrolet Express Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Chevrolet Express was new.

With a wide variety of seating options and easy-to-use controls, the 2008 Express' functional cabin provides all that's needed for its class. Automobile Magazine writes, "Look, it's a work truck. The controls are straightforward, the materials -- hard plastics and subdued cloth, mostly -- are decent, and fit and finish are fine."

Similarly, Edmunds finds low-grade interior plastics and a bland cabin design, but says, "while it may not be pretty, it gets the job done." To the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Express "is roomy, comfortable and powerful. Options allow you to turn this van into something more luxurious."

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Seating

Seating in Express models ranges from two passengers in the work vans to 15 for the 3500 EXT passenger vans. The standard seating arrangement in the passenger and 1500 and 3500 models is for eight. The 3500 EXT's extra-long wheel base allows for a 12- or 15-passenger seating configuration. To most, it's all the various seating configurations that make the Express a much-wanted passenger van. Kelley Blue Book says the Express is "the ultimate commuter vehicle" and CarGurus states, "If they adopt any more children, Brangelina might want to consider" the Express passenger model.

Consumer Guide notes the passenger models "offer generous room in all positions and firm, supportive seats."

Interior Features

A work or passenger Express is unabashedly utilitarian in the base trim, but CarGurus explains that only front-row air conditioning, cupholders and a radio is provided as the LS is "aimed mostly at fleet use." The more comfortable LT model adds a few extra standard features, including rear-passenger air conditioning and heat, power windows and doors, cruise control and a tilt steering column, full-floor carpeting and remote keyless entry.

The work Express models offer rubberized flooring and not much else. Features like rear-seat air conditioning, carpeting or a tilt steering column are optional. All models have an optional AM/FM stereo with a single-disc CD player, or an in-dash six-disc CD changer, a rear window defogger and deep-tinted solar ray side and rear windows.

Cargo

Saying the Express is roomy is like saying the ocean is wet, but the van's capacity to transport a variety of objects is admirable. Copley News Service says "there seemed to be enough steel in the test truck to shift the magnetic flow of Earth." The Minneapolis Star Tribune notes, "As an airport shuttle, the Express could handle the luggage of a full complement of overseas travelers." The 1500, 2500 and 3500 models have a regular wheelbase of 135 inches and 225.13 cubic feet of space available for cargo. The 3500 EXT models have an extended 155-inch wheelbase, and 261.63 cubic feet of available cargo space.

Review Last Updated: 1/14/10

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