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2014 Chevrolet Express 1500 Passenger

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2014 Chevrolet Express 1500 Passenger Review

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If you need to move a lot of people, a lot of cargo or some combination of the two, the 2014 Chevrolet Express Van has the right stuff to get the job done. While newer vans like the Nissan NV and the forthcoming Ford Transit offer more vertical interior space, they don't have the hauling power of the Express Van's Duramax diesel, or the option of all-wheel drive. When outfitted to haul people, the Express Van exceeds the passenger count of even the largest SUV, with seating for up to 15 people. If you plan to haul cargo, a massive 285-cubic-foot cargo bay awaits. The Express Van can also be outfitted as a rolling workshop with shelving, storage bins and a choice of door options for easier access.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a time-tested van that can handle almost any task in any weather, the 2014 Chevy Express Van is for you. Its traditional van profile makes it easier to park in smaller garages, and unlike its competitors, the Express offers a choice of gasoline-, natural gas- and diesel-powered engines.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you need the ability to stand up inside your van, the Express Van's low roof probably won't be as comfortable as a Nissan NV or Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van. If you don't need to move massive amounts of cargo, a smaller, more maneuverable option might be the Ford Transit Connect.

How It Ranks

#6

out of 8

Fuel Economy

#2

out of 12

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

8.1 out of 10
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2014 Chevrolet Express 1500 Passenger Low/wide front photo What's New for 2014

The 2014 Chevy Express Van cargo van can now be equipped with 5-passenger seating featuring a bulkhead partition between the 2nd-row seat and the cargo area. Side curtain airbags protect rear-seat passengers while extended-wheelbase models include rear air conditioning. Passenger vans add power windows and locks as standard equipment.

Driving the Express 1500 Passenger
2014 Chevrolet Express 1500 Passenger Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions The 2014 Chevy Express Van's standard V6 engine might deliver the best fuel economy option, but with only 195 horsepower, we don't think it's really the best choice for moving...

a loaded van, at least not efficiently. A better choice is the available 5.3-liter V8. With 310 horsepower and 334 lb-ft of torque, this engine has the muscle to move a loaded Express Van with confidence. Of course, our personal choice would be the mighty 6.6-liter Duramax diesel that pumps out 260 horsepower and whopping 525 lb-ft of torque. If you're not comfortable with a diesel engine, there is also a 6.0-liter V8 that can run on either gasoline or compressed natural gas (CNG). On the 3500 model with the Duramax engine, Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) is 9,600 pounds with a 10,000-pound tow rating.
Favorite Features

5-PASSENGER CARGO VAN
In the past, buyers could choose between hauling cargo or passengers, but not both. The new, 5-passenger cargo van option allows plenty of room for people and cargo and even offers side curtain airbag protection for all occupants.

CAPABILITY
With a trailer tow rating up to 10,000 pounds, a choice of half, three-quarter ton or 1-ton chassis, a range of engine and fuel choices, and even available AWD, the 2014 Express Van from Chevrolet is the most flexible full-size van on the market.

2014 Chevrolet Express 1500 Passenger Details
2014 Chevrolet Express 1500 Passenger Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

In its purest form, the Chevy Express Van for 2014 is a 2-person rig with a massive metal cave residing behind the very supportive high-back front bucket seats. An empty canvas, the Express Van's cargo bay can be configured by any aftermarket customizer, or by taking advantage of Chevy's many option packages that include flip-up access panels that allow easy access from outside the van to the rack-mounted tools inside. At the opposite end of the spectrum is the Express Passenger Van that allows for such luxuries as power windows, additional seating, carpet, navigation, rear air conditioning and Bluetooth.

Exterior
2014 Chevrolet Express 1500 Passenger photo

Let's face it, when the ultimate interior configuration of a vehicle is basically a giant elongated cube, there's not a whole lot of leeway for shaping the exterior. Still, Chevy has modernized its big van with rounded corners, high-mounted taillights and stylish truck-like wheels. The 2014 Chevy Express Van's grille may be its most ornate feature, resembling the trademark look that adorns Chevy's big pickup trucks. Door options include sliding or split swing-out side doors, and split rear doors with or without windows. Handy exterior accessories include a roof-mounted ladder rack, roof-rack cross-rail system, and mud flaps.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Listed among the Chevrolet 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, power windows and door locks, carpeting and cloth seats. All 2014 Chevy Express models are equipped with stability control, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and dual front airbags. Passenger vans features side-curtain airbags covering the first three rows.

Optional Equipment

Creature comforts are not what you'd call plentiful on the 2013 Chevy Express Van 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-duty (Express 1500) or heavy-duty (Express 2500 and 3500) models, body lengths and various packages. Some of the more noteworthy options include navigation, a rearview camera, rear park assist, Bluetooth connectivity and the most recent version of OnStar.

Under the Hood
2014 Chevrolet Express 1500 Passenger Engine photo

If fuel economy is a primary concern, a 2014 Chevrolet Express 1500 Cargo Van 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 Express Van's four available V8s promise to get most any job done with up to 324 horsepower and 525 lb-ft of torque. There is also a CNG (compressed natural gas) conversion for the 6.0-liter gasoline engine that includes hardened valve seats and a special 3-tank fuel-tank configuration. The 3500 vans can be equipped with stump-pulling power of the 6.6-liter Duramax diesel.

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

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

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

6.0-liter V8
324 horsepower @ 4,600 rpm
373 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 11/16 mpg

6.0-liter V8 CNG
279 horsepower @ 4,700 rpm
320 lb-ft or torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

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

Pricing Notes

Chevrolet has set the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2014 Express Van at just under $28,000 for the base model and over $50,000 for a fully loaded version. Prices are always changing, so before agreeing to a deal, make sure to check the KBB Fair Purchase Price to determine what buyers in your area are actually paying. Over time, the 2014 Chevrolet Express Van is expected to hold its value better than its major competitor, the Ford E-Series van, but faces a still unknown challenge from the Nissan NV and upcoming 2015 Ford Transit.

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2014 Chevrolet Express Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.1
Out of 10

Based on 218 Ratings for the 1996 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.3/10

Great VAN!!

By on Thursday, April 10, 2014

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

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "GREAT RIDE, VERY SOLID AND SAFE, GREAT FAMILY VAN"

Cons: "BLINDS ON WINDOWS TOO DELICATE"

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

"IF I HAD IT TO DO OVER AGAIN, I WOULD GET THE SAME EXACT VAN! EVEN THOUGH IT WAS NOT THE BEST IN GAS, AND THE FUEL PRICES FOR THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS HAVE HURT, IT WAS STILL WORTH FILLING UP THIS VERY RELIABLE VEHICLE."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

We love our van!

By on Friday, March 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 250,000

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
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Versatile, reliable, tough."

Cons: "Parking takes some creativity sometimes."

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

"Great vehicle for a large family! We love the versatility in the seating (can move the four bench up etc.) and the towing capacity! Highly recommend. Very reliable!"

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Of all the full size vans this is the best ever.

By on Friday, March 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,300

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
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "A strong, well built truck, totally love it."

Cons: "The paint on the radio buttons does wear off."

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

"Overall, this is the best van ever. I have owned and driven nothing but full sized vans starting with a 1974 Dodge Tradesman B100 followed by a 1978 ChevyVan 20; a 1981 Ford Econoline; a 1987 Dodge B250; a 1999 Chevy Express 2500 and now my current 2008 Chevy Express 2500. The '74 Dodge will always be my favorite van! Of all the remaining only the 2008 Chevy Express comes close. I love this van. It almost handles as good as a sports car...gets a little sloppy and unstable at speeds above 90 MPH! When loaded, also takes a little bit longer to stop. I always drive hard and fast. This van has had no major repairs needed - only routine maintenance. I would recommend this year and model to anyone interested in a full sized van. Lightly loaded, long distance mileage around 16-17 MPG, hot-rodding in stop-n-go traffic gets 11-13 MPG."

11 people out of 19 found this review helpful

good work van

By on Sunday, January 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 210,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

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

"not a bad van ,i changed tie rods , throttle body and starter at 200.000 , but no other problems . no rpm gauge and that's not a good idea when we talk a work car . the interior/comfort is the worst part at this car.seats are uncomfortable , window handle is hurting your knee ,driver seat to close to the cars body , makes you feel squashed . i can go on and on . i think none of the big companies ( gmc, ford ) seems to think workers are drivers also when it comes to interior . they think big engines , more space , more hp but don't care about the driver . i spend at least 3 hours driving every day and i can use a little bit of comfort ."

6 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Hate to part with but I am sick

By on Tuesday, January 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 94,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

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

"This is a must see vehicle,very clean and well kept.Has most available features,Power door locks,windows,mirrows,cruise control,AM FM CD great wheels,would replace tires but raise asking price if I would."

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Good van with great engine ie.. 6.0 V8.

By on Saturday, January 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 115,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "A fun van with a powerful engine. Handles well !"

Cons: "not put together to well. Paint is terrible."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"Bought this van 2 years ago with the purpose of using it as a carpet cleaning van. Did this for short period and became second vehicle for family. The 6.0 litre V8 is amazing. Very powerful and smooth running. Fuel milage is not too good. 12 miles per gal. in city and maybe 16 mpg on highway. Paint is coming off several areas. Overal quality of vehicle not too good. Drivetrain is great. 6.0 litre engine is phenominal. Fast and has a ton of torque. Much nicer than Fords engines. Also much better than Chevy's 5.0 V8 as well. I wouldn't want it with the 305 V8 as it is woefully underpowered. It handles somewhat better than similar equipped Ford E150s. Likely newer models have improved in overall quality. I have seen newer Chevy vans and their paint stays on. That is a glairing fault on the 2003 model Chevy Vans."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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