2010 Chevrolet Express Review
The 2010 Chevrolet Express is a willing work partner, but buyers shouldn't expect much more.
Few people buy a full-size van because it's luxurious and fun to drive, and no van in the class could live up to those expectations. Still, if you're looking for a tough work partner for hauling gear, cargo or people, most reviewers say the Chevrolet Express is a decent choice. Kelley Blue Book says, "If you have a business and need a substantial amount of room for tools or storage, the . . . Chevrolet Express Van is hard to top. A choice of four powerful V8 engines, varied towing capabilities and optional all-wheel drive makes the Express Van perfect for business and family use."
While some reviewers might quibble about the Express being suited for family use, in general they agree that the Express is a dependable and adaptable workhorse. The Express, like its cousin the GMC Savanna, is available as a cargo or passenger van. Cargo vans offer only two seats, and buyers can equip the interior like a rolling workshop with various shelving and cargo packages. Passenger vans offer seating for eight to fifteen people, depending on the model you choose. The Express comes in 1500, 2500 and 3500 models, and each is beefier than the last with the 2500 and 3500 models offering an available diesel engine and towing and hauling abilities in line with full size trucks.
Buyers should not forget that the Express is meant to be a work vehicle. That means the interior uses basic materials and lacks comfort and convenience features people moving up from minivans or SUVs may be used to.
Other Vans to Consider
When it comes to getting down to business, competitors like the Ford Econoline and Ford Transit Connect offer more high-tech work features than the Express. With Ford's features, you can track tools and manage a fleet of vehicles. Ford even offers an in-car computer that runs a version of Windows so you can access files and even print invoices and orders.
By comparison, the Express is simply a rugged way to haul people and gear. However, the Express starts about $2,000 less than the Ford Econoline, and though it starts at about $2,000 more than the Transit Connect, the Transit Connect can't tow or haul nearly as much weight. Before picking out a work van, it's worth it to check out the features Ford offers. You might not need them, and most reviewers say that if you don't, you'll be happy with an Express.
Details: Chevrolet Express
Changes come at a glacial pace in the full-size van class. For 2010, the available V8 engines on the Express gain flex fuel capability, while 2500 and 3500 models get a six-speed automatic transmission. Because the 2010 models are so similar to earlier models, Edmunds says, "One could buy a used model and reap substantial savings for what would be pretty much an identical vehicle. But for business or institutional owners in need of a new workhorse van, the 2010 Chevrolet Express is a very logical choice."
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- "GM's full-size vans have long toiled in the shadow of Ford's E-series, but a broad range of powertrain choices and equip-to-suit cargo accessories keep them in the hunt. Primarily designed for commercial use, they're also available in passenger capacities ranging from 8 to 15." -- Car and Driver
- "Like other large vans, Express and similar GMC Savana have all the room most users will ever need, though sheer bulk makes them thirsty with fuel, a handful in traffic, and too big for some garages. The available all-wheel drive, 60/40 split driver-side doors, and side access panels are useful features."-- Consumer Guide
- "The 2010 Chevrolet Express is a willing workhorse for buyers who require the functionality of a full-size van."-- Edmunds
- "No matter what the mission, Chevrolet provides not just the platform, but the hardware to back it up. From its powerful engine lineup to its optional heavy-duty transmission oil cooler, the Express Van is designed to be a hard-working vehicle." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Chevrolet's full-size Express is available as a passenger or cargo van with rear-wheel drive in 1500, 2500 and 3500 duty levels. The Express competes with other full-size vans, including the Ford E-Series and Dodge Sprinter. The GMC Savana is closely related to the Express." -- Cars.com