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2011 Chevrolet Express 1500 Passenger

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2011 Chevrolet Express 1500 Passenger Review

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Versatility is what the 2011 Chevrolet Express Van is all about. Available in Cargo and Passenger versions, Chevy's ultimate hauler can transport up to 15 passengers or, when the job requires moving parcels instead of people, whatever you can fit into a mobile storage locker offering nearly 285 cubic feet of usable space. Either way you look at it, the Express will be tasked with moving what could potentially be a substantial amount of weight, which is why Chevrolet offers buyers a variety of engines, including a torquey Duramax diesel. Factor in the options of regular- or extended-length models, a selection of basic to well-equipped trims and the availability of rear- or all-wheel-drive (AWD) capability, and you have a vehicle ready for most anything.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you frequently need to accommodate several passengers, require a work vehicle offering space and configurability or want a van that covers the gamut from light-to heavy-duty capability, the 2011 Chevrolet Express is one not to be missed.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If your priorities include comfort or efficiency, the Chevy Express will likely leave you disappointed. Despite being offered with its share of creature comforts, this is a work vehicle, one that rides and handles more like a Silverado than a Honda Odyssey and isn't recognized for outstanding fuel economy.

What's New for 2011

For 2011, the Chevrolet Express van has been updated with standard StabiliTrak, the newest version of OnStar and desirable options such as Bluetooth connectivity and a WiFi feature. Also, the optional diesel engine now delivers more power and greater efficiency.

Driving the Express 1500 Passenger

Driving Impressions With EPA ratings of up to 20 mpg, the base Express Cargo van's V6 offers the lineup's greatest efficiency, but its 195 horsepower can be overwhelmed by heavy loads. In...

those situations, the available 310-horsepower 5.3-liter V8 is a better choice, or perhaps the optional 324-horsepower 6.0-liter V8. However, none of those engines can compete with the 6.6-liter Duramax diesel, updated for 2011 to deliver 260 horsepower and 525 lb-ft of torque. If something needs to be moved, chances are that turbocharged oil-burner will get it done.

Side Access Doors
The Chevy Express Van's side doors provide easy access to the cargo area without having to climb in from the back.

Capability
Consider the 2011 Express Van to be a Jack-Of-All-Trades, one that can carry up to 15 people, boasts 284.4 cubic feet of cargo space and tows up to 10,000 pounds.

2011 Chevrolet Express 1500 Passenger Details
Interior

Styling for the 2011 Chevrolet Express Van's dash and instrument panel borrows from other Chevy models, including the Silverado pickup truck but, otherwise, the look is unique. In its basic Cargo configuration the Express is essentially a 2-passenger rig comprised of a couple of seats and a big empty box devoid of any type of trim or decoration. A variety of interior storage provisions can be added. Standing in contrast is the Express Passenger Van, where you'll find such luxuries as carpet, rear windows and additional seats.

Exterior

A need for interior space is what leads shoppers to the 2011 Express Van, meaning Chevy designers were challenged with the task of making the vehicle look fresh and modern while not affecting overall capacity. As a result, the silhouette of today's Chevrolet van isn't all that different from models sold over the past few decades, though the taillights are mounted higher, the edges have been softened and the front end looks more like a German Shepherd than a Pug.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Listed among the 2011 Express Cargo Van's standard features are a V6 engine, vinyl flooring and upholstery, air conditioning, a step-up rear bumper and manually-operated exterior mirrors. Frills are not part of the deal, though the Passenger Van does jazz things up some, with a V8 engine and cloth seats. All Chevrolet Express models are equipped with stability control, 4-wheel antilock (ABS) disc brakes and dual front airbags.

Optional Equipment

Creature comforts are not what you'd call plentiful on the Express Cargo Van, so shoppers will need to look to the options list if they want power windows and door locks or, if they're really feeling crazy, a radio. There are also choices of engines, light- or heavy-duty models (1500, 2500, 3500), body lengths and various packages. Some of the more noteworthy items include side-curtain airbags, Bluetooth connectivity and the most recent version of OnStar.

Under the Hood

If fuel economy is a primary concern, a Chevrolet Express 1500 equipped with the base 4.3-liter V6 is a buyer's best choice. That 6-cylinder is expected to average 20 mpg on the highway but, with 195 horsepower, it's not exactly a powerhouse. Though less efficient, the 2011 Express van's four available V8s promise to get most any job done with up to 324 horsepower and, thanks to this year's updates, 525 lb-ft of torque. That latter amount is what you'll get from the available 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8, which has been tweaked to deliver additional output complimented by cleaner emissions.

4.3-liter V6
195 horsepower @ 4,600 rpm
260 lb-ft of torque @ 2,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/20

4.8-liter V8
280 horsepower @ 5,200 rpm
295 lb-ft of torque @ 4,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 11/17

5.3-liter V8
310 horsepower @ 5,200 rpm
334 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/17

6.0-liter V8
324 horsepower @ 4,700 rpm
373 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 11/16

6.6-liter Turbodiesel V8
260 horsepower @ 3,100 rpm
525 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

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2011 Chevrolet Express Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.1
Out of 10

Based on 243 Ratings for the 1996 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.3/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.3/10

Great for hauling anything

By on Friday, August 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 185,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great for hauling people or things"

Cons: "Big to drive, mileage 16 hwy not bad for how big"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this van with 25000 in 2005, it now has over 182000 on it, very few issues, nothing out of the ordinary, water pump, tensioner pulley, and replaced the belt, I have gone through only two sets of tires, good ones are worth it. I have hauled two 15ft kayaks along with 3 SUP boards no problem. With the seats in it will handle 15 people no problem, great for trips with the family. We use it instead of a tent to go camping too, blowup mattress in the back works great. I really have enjoyed this van. Important parking tip, ALWAYS BACK IN!!! ha.."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Loved my 2006 for 9 yrs. Now Love my 2015

By on Monday, August 24, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Got New

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "A Pleasure to Drive."

Cons: "No Windvent."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The 3500 Passenger Van is the best in the World. Just got my 2015 & selling my 2006. Hate to see my old friend go."

good clean always relieable

By on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 81,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "all is good"

Cons: "paint starting to peel but just on hood"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"i have bought this van new in 07. have always changed oil on time.it has had 30 &60 thousand mile check ups. overall good work van.its clean but paint is peeling some on hood but that is a chevy thing i think."

34 people out of 69 found this review helpful

Reliable vehicle with lots of power, not plush.

By on Wednesday, June 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Lots of room, unlimited power, no non-sense design"

Cons: "Always having to park in the North 40"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"We've used this van as our family vehicle for 7 years. It's been great for hauling a lot of people and towing our motorcycles, etc. It's not super plush with a lot of extras, but when it screams up a hill full of people while hauling our gear you truly appreciate the power the 6.0 liter V-8 engine has to offer. I'm selling my Express van now, but I will be sorry to see it go."

19 people out of 41 found this review helpful

Conversion Van

By on Saturday, May 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This vehicle is a conversion van, not passenger great condition except running boards has minor damage. New tires Interior great shape and has remote start."

21 people out of 40 found this review helpful

this van has double entree doors on both sides,

By on Wednesday, May 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 180,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fair priced and computable riding captain seats"

Cons: "paint will need some work"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"the van has a nice conversion kit installed,new battery and throttle body valve. high top, paint will need some work done"

5 people out of 20 found this review helpful

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