As the heavy-duty Express model, the 3500 has a payload capacity of 4,000 pounds and can tow up to 10,000 pounds. In terms of sheer capability, the 3500 is right up there with many full-size pickups. The lineup is divided into two series: Passenger and Cargo. The Express Passenger can be configured to seat eight or twelve people in standard-wheelbase form, and up to fifteen with the extended 155-inch wheelbase. The Cargo comes with front seats only and is also available on either wheelbase. With both models, you get 216 cubic-feet of standard cargo space, or a whopping 253 cubic-feet with the longer wheelbase.
The Express starts out with 4.8-liter V8 good for 285 horsepower. The optional 6-liter V8 provides a hefty boost to 342 horsepower. There's also a 282-horsepower version of the 6-liter that runs on compressed natural gas (CNG). Finally, the Express Cargo can get the Duramax 6.6-liter turbo-diesel V8 with 260 horsepower and an impressive 525 pound-feet of torque. All engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Cargo and Passenger models are each offered in four trim levels:
Equipped for duty with two vinyl front seats, a rubberized floor coating, and black composite exterior trim. Standard features are limited to air conditioning and power windows and locks.
Carries the Duramax turbo-diesel engine. All other equipment and options mirror the WT.
In addition to seating for eight, twelve, or fifteen, the LS comes with rear privacy glass, swing-out side doors and a basic AM/FM sound system.
Adds cloth upholstery, full carpeting, rear climate control and chrome exterior trim.
The Express 2500 is one of the most customizable vehicles you can buy. The extensive option list applies to all configurations, so you can get everything from navigation to a rearview camera even on the basic WT.
The Express Cargo's gasoline V8's are fully capable of getting the job done in most work environments. The industrial-strength Duramax engine, which adds about $12,000 to the sticker, is aimed at buyers with serious hauling needs. With regard the Passenger model, the LS works best as a light-duty shuttle, whereas the plusher LT makes the most sense for family transportation.
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