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3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Chevrolet Express 1500

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MPG 13 City / 18 Highway
  • Lots of cargo room
  • Easy to load from rear
  • Many standard safety features
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Not easy to drive
  • Limited rear visibility
Automotive Editor -
Full-size vans are a dying breed, and the Express is showing its age -- but few competitors can match its utility.


In 1996, Chevrolet replaced its aging Vandura cargo and passenger vans with the more modern Express. The Express 1500 is the smallest van in the lineup, and a favorite with plumbers, electricians and others who do on-site work. The 2013 Express carries over from 2012 with a few new options: a rearview camera, rear parking assistant and navigation system.

When purchased as a passenger van, the Express comes in LS or LT trim. Both feature a 5.3-liter V-8 engine that produces 310 horsepower and 334 pound-feet of torque. The LS comes with air conditioning, vinyl seating and an AM/FM stereo; the LT adds cloth seating, keyless entry and cruise control.

Buyers of Express cargo vans choose from two trim levels: Work Van and Upfitter. The former is just as basic as it sounds, with a 195-horsepower 4.3-liter V6, vinyl seats and air conditioning; the latter adds the 5.3-liter V8, power heated mirrors and an AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Chevrolet Express 1500
Starting price

2013 Chevrolet Express 1500 LS

Recommended for: Buyers who need only the most basic features in an eight-passenger van

The LS trim level is the base model for the Express passenger van, which can haul up to eight people. Standard features include: tinted windows, steel wheels, vinyl seating, an AM/FM stereo and a trip computer.

2013 Chevrolet Express 1500
Starting price

2013 Chevrolet Express 1500 LT

Recommended for: Buyers who want extra comfort features in their full-size van

Though it's the top trim level for the Express passenger van, the LT doesn't have a lavish list of standard features. Included are: keyless entry, power door locks and windows, rear climate control, cruise control, cloth seating, a tilt steering wheel and front reading lights.

2013 Chevrolet Express 1500
Starting price

2013 Chevrolet Express 1500 Work Van

Recommended for: Companies looking for a no-frills work van

The Work Van has seating for two and a large cargo space in the rear. Standard features include: a 4.3-liter V-6 engine with 195 horsepower, intermittent wipers, steel wheels, traction and stability control, vinyl seating, front reading lamps and an auxiliary power outlet for small electronic devices.

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