2010 Chevrolet Express 3500 Cargo

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2010 Chevrolet Express 3500 Cargo Review

By KBB.com Editors

The 2010 Chevrolet Express Van is really three vans in one. Its massive interior can be configured to hold up to 15 passengers, making it an ideal company shuttle or airport limo. Strip the interior bare and the Express Van becomes a cavernous cargo container or the ideal platform to build a rolling workshop. And for those looking for the ultimate in customization, aftermarket companies can outfit the Express Van with plush captain's-chair seating, a built-in refrigerator and a convertible sofa bed. 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.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you have a business and need a substantial amount of room for tools or storage, the 2010 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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you are used to a minivan, the Express Van may be more vehicle than you would like to drive. The gasoline-V8 models can be thirsty, especially when loaded with passengers.

What's New for 2010

Changes for 2010 include E85 capability and variable valve timing on the 4.8-liter, 5.3-liter and 6.0-liter engines. Express Van 2500 and 3500 models receive the Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed transmission and revised rear-axle ratios for improved fuel economy and acceleration. A remote engine starter is now available as well.

Driving the Express 3500 Cargo
Driving Impressions

The base Chevy Express Cargo Van is powered by a 195-horsepower V6 engine. Although the V6 can handle light loads, if you plan on hauling heavier cargo or towing a...

... trailer, you should choose the Vortec 5.3-liter V8, with its 310 horsepower and 334 pound-feet of torque. For the larger 3500 series, a potent Vortec 6.0-liter V8 offers customers the most powerful V8 engine in its class. Also available with 2500 and 3500 models is the Duramax diesel engine, which provides an abundance of torque and is capable of towing and hauling extreme loads.

Side Access Doors
Side access doors allow you to reach tools and equipment without climbing inside.

Seating for 15
Available seating for 15 makes the Express Van the ultimate commuter vehicle.

2010 Chevrolet Express 3500 Cargo Details

The Express Van's passenger models have a rather modern dash, with styling cues reminiscent of the upscale Silverado and Suburban. A combination of interior layout designs are possible, include seating for 15 passengers or a bare bones work truck with integrated shelving and storage boxes. On passenger models, the big glass side panels make it easy to see what's around you, and their deep tint foils prying eyes.


The 2010 Chevrolet Express Van is about as contemporary as possible for a rolling box. It features rounded edges, high-mounted side taillights and flush side glass. One long-wheelbase model is available in quarter-, half- or one-ton configurations. Cargo vans can be equipped with external compartments for easy access and offer a number of rear-door options.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Express 1500 Cargo Van comes standard with a 195-horsepower 4.3-liter V6 engine, while the Passenger Van has a 5.3-liter V8. Other notable features include air conditioning, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), StabiliTrak stability control (Passenger models), tire-pressure monitor, swing-out side doors, flat and convex dual side mirrors and eight-person seating.

Optional Equipment

Options on the Express Van include all-wheel drive, a 5.3-liter V8 (standard on Passenger Vans and all-wheel-drive models), a 323-horsepower 6.0-liter V8, and a 250-horsepower 6.6-liter turbo-diesel (2500 and 3500 models only). Other options include a Cold Climate Package, a Trailering Package, dual heated power mirrors, power windows, six-way power driver's seat, rear air conditioning, auxiliary transmission oil cooler and aluminum wheels.

Under the Hood

The base Express Van's V6 may be a fuel-efficient choice but if you need to haul heavy loads, this engine will probably not be enough. For most uses, one of the three gasoline V8s works best, providing sufficient torque and horsepower for hauling or towing. The ultimate towing machine will be had with the Duramax turbo-diesel, which produces a whopping 460 pound-feet of torque – more than enough for tackling the biggest jobs.

4.3-liter V6
195 horsepower @ 4600 rpm
260 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/20

4.8-liter V8
280 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
296 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

5.3-liter V8
310 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
334 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 9/12 (E85, RWD), 9/12 (E85, AWD), 9/12 (E85 Cargo), 13/16 (gasoline, RWD), 12/15 (gasoline, AWD)

6.0-liter V8
323 horsepower @ 4600 rpm
373 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

6.6-liter Turbodiesel V8
250 horsepower @ 3200 rpm
460 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

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