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2017 Chevrolet Express 3500 Overview

Mark Vallet
Automotive Editor - January 6, 2017

The Chevrolet Express 3500 is the big brother to the Express 2500 and is designed specifically for hauling cargo or people from place to place. The Express has been in the Chevy lineup for years and its success over the years has led Chevrolet to leave well enough alone for 2017.

Like the 2500, the one-ton Express 3500 can carry 12 or 15 passengers depending on configuration. The cargo version can handle up to 4,192 pounds of payload and is comfortable towing up to 10,000 pounds, making it a true workhorse on the job site. Disabled owners or medical users can also convert the Express 3500 to handle a variety of different wheelchair lifts.

The Express 3500 comes standard with a Vortec 4.8-liter V8 engine that cranks out 285 horsepower. The Express 3500 is also available with an optional Vortec 6.0-liter V8 engine, which puts out 342 horsepower and 373 pound-feet of torque. The 2017 lineup will also include an optional Duramax turbodiesel engine.

What's New for 2017

The big news is the 4G LTE wi-fi connectivity and an available MyLink infotainment system. A new color, Graphite Metallic is now available. For commercial users, Chevy is offering a new spray-in cargo liner, 150-amp alternator, and a dual four-pin/seven-pin sealed connector for the trailer wiring.

Chevrolet Express 3500

Choosing Your Chevrolet Express 3500

The Chevrolet Express 3500 is available in passenger or cargo varieties. The Express is a commercial van and is excellent at what it is designed to do but should never be mistaken for a luxury van or even a comfortable everyday family vehicle.

Cargo Van

The Cargo version of the 3500 starts at $35,260 and comes standard with rear wheel drive, the Vortec 4.8-liter V8 engine, seating for two and 239.7 cubic feet of cargo volume. The Express 3500 is also available in an extended version, which bumps the cargo capacity up to 284.4 cubic feet and increases the starting price to $36,145.

The 3500 comes standard with vinyl bucket seats in front. A few packages are available that can customize the 3500 to specific jobs. The Ambulance Package costs $1,310 while the Hotel Shuttle Package will set you back $1,330. A chrome appearance package adds a chrome grill and chrome front and rear bumpers for $335 and cruise control is very affordable at $395.

Express Passenger Van

The Express 3500 passenger version is available in two different trim levels. The LS is the base model and the LT adds a few extras to the mix.


The LS seats 12 passengers as standard, but owners can option a 15-passenger arrangement. It comes standard with a 4.8-liter V8 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission with a tow/haul mode.

There are a variety of accessories available, which range from a wireless network interface for $535 to a cold climate package for $100. Other options include outside heated power-adjustable black mirrors which will set you back $115 and a rear vision camera for $200.

The LS starts at $36,630 for the regular version and $38,500 for the extended version


The LT has all of the LS features as well as rear air conditioning, chrome bumpers, and cloth seats. The LT version has a starting price of $37,560 for the standard version and $38,345 for the extended 3500. Upgrading the seating to 15 passengers costs $475 and a six-way power driver’s seat runs $275.

CarsDirect Tip

The 3500 is an capable hauler of people, regardless of the version you choose, but it's no luxury vehicle. The upgrades offered in the LT version are worth the price if comfort is important to you or your customers. If you spend a lot of time on the open road, adding the $395 cruise control package is a smart investment.

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