Chevrolet Express 0-60 Times
|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2003 Chevrolet Express
|1500 Passenger Van (SWB)||5.3L V8||AWD||4A||8.7 sec||16.7 sec @ 83 mph||12/16/17 mpg||Car and Driver|
About Chevrolet Express
If you’re looking for a van that offers maximum security for your cargo, you need to consider the Chevrolet Express. This van provides a level of security that is definitely higher than other vans of its class.
Whether you are carrying passengers or delicate cargo, you can expect this van to help you deliver them to their destination safe and fast.
The van’s inside cabin is so secure that it will keep your cargo dry. This will be very attractive to those who reside in places where there is abundant snow fall or regular rainfall.
In terms of cargo space, most vans can only accommodate up to six people. Not with the Express. It can carry a maximum of 15 people, with enough elbow room to spare.
A Glimpse at Chevrolet Express’ History
In 1996, the Chevrolet Express replaced the Chevrolet Van and GMC Vandura, both made by General Motors. Like its identical twin GMC Savana, this vehicle is a full-size van. Currently, it supplies around 44.8 per cent of the full-size van market in the United States.
Since 2003, the Express has updated its front-end sheet metal which made it look like the GMT800 light trucks and SUVs. It was also fitted with the current LS engines.
The Express is available in two versions, the Cargo and the Passenger. Obviously, the first one is designed for repair technicians such as plumbers, electricians who need to carry a lot of stuff for their work. The second version is for passenger transport and similar types of activities.
These are the specifications you may need to know if you are thinking of buying a Chevrolet Express. They are that of the Express LS 3500.
- Car type: passenger van
- Engine: flex fuel, 6.6L, V8 – 8 cylinders, 260 horsepower
- Transmission: 6-speed automatic
- Drive train: rear wheel drive
- Fuel consumption: 11/17 mpg
There are six other versions of the Chevrolet Express. Here are their basic specs.
- 2500 LS Passenger van – 4.8 liter, 285 horsepower engine
- 2500 Cargo van – 6.6 liter, 260 horsepower engine
- 2500 Extended Cargo van – 6.6 liter, 260 horsepower engine
- 3500 Cargo van – 6.6 liter, 260 horsepower engine
- 3500 Extended Cargo van – 6.6 liter, 260 horsepower engine
- 3500 LS Extended Passenger van – 6.6 liter, 260 horsepower engine
The power delivery of the Express perfectly matches its big, hulking image. It delivers brute power as expected. GM has done a great job with its old platform with a range of powerful V8 engines.
Regardless of engine choice, the Express goes about its work with quickness. It can navigate the streets and highways with ease that is surprising for its big size.
But you may find that its ability to carry huge cargo somewhat affecting its comfort features. Its suspension is a bit less compliant.
On the plus side, its handling and powertrain does not strain with heavy loads. The van can easily pull up to 10,000 pounds. This big van can really perform huge work.
The Express 2500 can fit most people’s needs. It can tow up to 7,400 pound as a cargo van, and around 6,700 pounds if used as a passenger van. The 6.0 liter vans can carry around 9,800 pounds if used as a passenger van and 10,000 pounds as a cargo van.
With its prodigious power, you can expect this van to consume much more fuel than ordinary cars. That is only natural because it needs more power to do heavier work.
Considering that the Express has a gross vehicle weight rating of over 8,500 pounds, it is understandable that the EPA cannot provide fuel economy figures. But just to give an approximation of its fuel consumption, based on industry data, the Express is estimated to get 11 to 12 miles to the gallon in city driving and between 15 and 17 mpg on the highway.
Standard items in the Chevrolet Express are four-wheel disc brakes, with anti-lock braking dynamic rear proportioning. This reduces the risks related in stopping a loaded van.
The Express also has StabiliTrak, GM’s electronic version of stability control. Sweeping visibility in the passenger version of the Express makes it very safe especially when passing another vehicle.
There are also a number of options such as rear parking sensors, and a back-up camera. The Express also has head curtain airbags and standard lap and shoulder belts even for passengers seating at the center.
Comfort and Added Features
Chevrolet Express does not ignore comfort and convenience. Standard issues include interior carpeting, power locks, power windows, power mirrors, tilt-telescopic steering wheel and keyless entry.
There are new additional features in the current model of Chevrolet Express. These include GM’s OnStar system and an auxiliary music port. An optional USB port can be installed for those who really love to hear music as they drive.
To learn more about Chevrolet Express, visit the official Chevrolet website.