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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.
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.
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.
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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