2012 Chevrolet Express Interior
Reviewers say that if you need a basic van for carrying lots of passengers or stuff, the Chevrolet Express is a good contender. The Express beats out the Ford Transit Connect and Ford E-Series in terms of cargo space, but the Chevy’s simple controls can’t hold a candle to Ford’s optional Work Solutions in-dash computer system that offers an invoice printer, fleet management and tool tracking functions. The Express does offer an available dealer-installed mobile Wi-Fi hotspot.
- "Interior is workman-like. Most surfaces are made of budget-grade plastic.” -- Consumer Guide
The Chevrolet Express can be configured to seat between two and 15 people, depending on your needs and your budget. It’s available with seating for up to eight in regular wheelbase models and 15 in extended wheelbase models. If you need the maximum seating capacity, keep in mind that the Ford E-Series is the only other work van on the market that can hold 15 people. The next largest is the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Van, but it only seats 12, and it costs a lot more than the Express. Reviewers say that front-seat foot room in the Chevrolet Express is a bit narrow, but writers don’t say much else about the seats, other than the fact that they’re fairly comfortable. Buyers should note that although the back seats are removable, they’re heavy and tough for one person to move without help.
- "Front footwells are long but not that wide, though there's plenty of legroom. … Passenger models offer generous room in all positions and firm, supportive seats. The benches are easy to unlatch, but too heavy for most people to move alone.” -- Consumer Guide
- "One gripe: the cramped front footwells continue to restrict foot placement, a condition likely familiar to those who have spent time in similar vehicles.” -- Edmunds
The Chevrolet Express’ interior is pretty sparse, which is common for any passenger van. However, Chevy has included enough standard features and options to satisfy shoppers looking for a basic cabin that can survive the work week. Standard features include an AM/FM stereo, leatherette seats, power steering and an auxiliary power outlet. Ponying up the extra cash for the LT model may be worth it if you’ll spend a lot of time in your Express. LT trims come standard with cruise control, an adjustable steering wheel and power windows, which are optional on LS models. The Express can be further optioned with auxiliary audio input jacks, Bluetooth and remote start.
- "The dashboard features legible round gauges and simple, mostly handy controls, though the driver's power-seat switches on the front of the cushion are tough to reach.” -- Consumer Guide
- “With a design ethic straight out of the utilitarian school, the controls are intuitive to use and their layout is straightforward.” -- Edmunds
By far, the Chevrolet Express’ strongest selling point is its cargo space. Base cargo vans have a total capacity of 239.7 cubic feet, while opting for the extended-wheelbase cargo van nets a whopping 284.4 cubic feet. If you’re looking for a work van that can really hold its own, though, you should consider the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. While it’s significantly more expensive than the Chevrolet Express, it can hold up to 547 cubic feet inside cargo van models and has enough room for anyone about 5 feet 5 inches tall to stand upright in the standard roof model, or about 6 feet 5 inches tall in high roof models.
Test drivers love that the Express’ doors swing open wider than other vans, allowing easier access, but they aren’t impressed with its mediocre small items storage.
- "The wide-opening rear cargo doors ease loading. The 60/40 split driver-side doors are a helpful addition, as is the driver-side access panel on cargo models. … The cabin could use more small-item storage.” -- Consumer Guide