2010 Chevrolet Express


$8,849 - $12,155

2010 Chevrolet Express Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2010 Chevrolet Express was new.


Performance: 7.4

For the most part, the Chevy Express meets reviewer expectations for performance -- but it helps that expectations for work van performance are low. The Express wins points for its array of powertrain options, all of which get good marks from reviewers.  However, when it comes to maneuverability, reviewers say that competition like the Dodge Sprinter is easier to drive.  Still, the general agreement is that the Express is pleasant enough on the road.

  • "A robust frame, rack-and-pinion steering (half-ton models only) and standard four-wheel antilock disc brakes give the 2010 Chevy Express respectable on-road characteristics." -- Edmunds
  • "If you are used to a minivan, the Express Van may be more vehicle than you would like to drive. The gasoline V8 models can be thirsty, especially when loaded with passengers." -- Kelley Blue Book

Acceleration and Power

The Express comes with a wide range of engines, so you can outfit the van to maximize fuel economy or brawn.  The bas engine is a 195-hoursepower 4.3 liter V6 that makes 260 pound-feet of torque. Three V8 engines are available. The smallest is a 4.8 liter V8 that makes 280 horsepower and 296 pound-feet of torque.  The middle is a 5.3 liter V8 making 310 horsepower and 334 pound-feet of torque.  The largest is a 6.0 liter V8 that makes 323 horsepower and 373 pound-feet of torque. Finally, there's a 250 horsepower 6.6 liter turbodiesel V8 that makes 460 pound-feet of torque. The turbodiesel is only available on 2500 and 3500 models.

For the most part, reviewers like all the engines, though several note that the V6 is not suited for heavy-duty hauling and towing. The V6 engine gets an EPA-estimated 15/20 city/highway miles per gallon. The 5.3 liter V8 earns 13/18 city/highway miler per gallon. All estimates are based on rear-wheel drive models.  All-wheel drive is available.

A four-speed automatic is the only available transmission on 1500 models, but 2500 and 3500 models get a six-speed automatic with tow mode.

  • With any of the V8 options, "Merging and passing maneuvers are easily accomplished, even when you're hauling a heavy load of passengers and cargo." -- Edmunds
  • "The 6.0-liter V8 provides sufficient power for merging and passing even with a heavy load. The transmission shifts smoothly." --  Consumer Guide
  • "The Express Van's V6 may be a fuel-efficient choice but, if you need to haul heavy loads, this engine will probably not be enough.  For most uses, one of the three gasoline V8s works best, providing sufficient torque and horsepower for hauling heavy loads or towing. The ultimate towing machine will be had with the Duramax turbo-diesel, which produces a whopping 460 pound-feet of torque, more than enough for tackling the biggest jobs - and then some."--  Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 6.0-liter V-8 has a fast-idle option that makes it easier to run accessories while the vehicle is idling. Vans equipped with the turbo-diesel 6.6-liter V-8 have a standard 3.73 axle ratio and an optional locking rear limited-slip differential."  --Cars.com


Handling and Braking

Most reviews say the Express is ponderous, which is typical for the class.  Despite its lack of maneuverability, reviewers agree that if you keep your expectations in line with the Express' size, you'll find it easy enough to live with.

  • "As full-size vans go, the Express is pleasant to pilot -- just don't expect it to match the more nimble Sprinter for maneuverability." -- Edmunds
  • "Like all big vans, these are clumsy to drive, with a wide turning radius, copious cornering lean, and modest grip. Steering is less-overboosted than on previous test vehicles, but still feels numb. All of GM's big vans respond with reasonable confidence in quick maneuvers." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Every move is deliberate, and maneuverability is low on the absolute scale." -- Car and Driver

Hauling and Towing

The Chevy Express has beefy hauling and towing capabilities. If you equip it properly, it can tow up to 10,000 pounds.  However, the 1500 cargo model, which is the most popular, can tow up to 6,000 pounds.  That's on par with most of the class.  As for payload, the Express 1500 can handle just over 2,000 pounds, properly equipped, while the 2500 model can haul just over 3,000 pounds and the 3500 can handle just over 4,000 pounds when properly equipped.  Passenger vans have slightly lower payload capacities.

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