2011 Chevrolet Express

Interior


$10,403 - $17,855

2011 Chevrolet Express Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 Chevrolet Express was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 6.9

Reviewers feel that if you need a basic van for toting up to 15 passengers or lots of stuff, the Chevrolet Express is a good contender. The Express beats out the Ford Transit Connect and Ford E-Series in terms of cargo space, but the Chevy’s simple, plastic controls can’t hold a candle to Ford’s optional Work Solutions in-dash computer system that offers an invoice printer, fleet management and tool tracking functions. The Express does offer an available dealer-installed mobile Wi-Fi hotspot.

  • ”Its massive interior can be configured to hold up to 15 passengers, making it an ideal company shuttle or airport limo. Strip the interior bare and the Express Van becomes a cavernous cargo container or the ideal platform to build a rolling workshop. And for those looking for the ultimate in customization, aftermarket companies can outfit the Express Van with plush captain's-chair seating, a built-in refrigerator and a convertible sofa bed.” -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Interior is workman-like. Most surfaces are made of budget-grade plastic." -- Consumer Guide

Seating

The Chevrolet Express can be configured to seat between two and 15 people, depending on your needs and your budget. The cargo van, which seats two, is for shoppers who need tons of space. On the other hand, if you need your Express to transport more people than stuff, it’s available with seating for eight in regular wheelbase models and 15 in extended wheelbase models. If you need a maximum of seating, keep in mind that the Ford E-Series is the only other work van on the market that can hold 15 people. The next largest is the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Van, but it only seats 12, and its nearly $36,000 starting price is about $11,000 more than the Express. One reviewer says that front seat foot room in the Chevrolet Express is limited, but writers don’t say much else about the seats.

  • " Its massive interior can be configured to hold up to 15 passengers, making it an ideal company shuttle or airport limo.” -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "One gripe: the cramped front footwells continue to restrict foot placement, a condition likely familiar to those who have spent time in similar vehicles.” -- Edmunds
  • "Passenger models offer generous room in all positions and firm, supportive seats." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The Chevrolet Express’ interior is pretty sparse, which is to be expected in a work vehicle. However, Chevy has included enough standard features and options to make day-in, day-out use easier. Standard features include an AM/FM stereo, leatherette seats, power steering and an auxiliary power outlet. Ponying up the extra $1,500 or so for the LT model may be worth it if you’ll spend a lot of time in your Express. LT trims come standard with cruise control, an adjustable steering wheel and power windows, and can be further optioned with auxiliary audio input jacks, Bluetooth and remote start. A fully-loaded, diesel-powered Chevrolet Express LT Passenger Van with all-wheel drive, an extended wheelbase and seating for 15 can run you about $50,700, which is more than double the base van’s MSRP.

  • "A welcome update is the enhanced technology offered this year. Updated OnStar features and available Bluetooth, a USB port and satellite radio thrust the Express into the modern era.” -- Edmunds
  • "A driver information center in the instrument cluster displays instructions for maintenance and warnings when the vehicle's transmission is overheating, or if a situation such as a theft attempt has taken place." -- Cars.com
  • "The dashboard features legible round gauges and simple, mostly handy controls, though the driver's power-seat switches on the front of the cushion are tough to reach." -- Consumer Guide

Cargo

By far, the Chevrolet Express’ strongest selling point is its cargo space. The regular-wheelbase cargo van has a total capacity of 239.7 cubic feet, with a load floor height of 28.4 inches. Opting for the extended-wheelbase cargo van nets a whopping 284.4 cubic feet. By comparison, the Ford E-Series can hold 237.8 cubic feet of cargo in regular models and 278.3 cubic feet in extended wheelbase models. If you’re looking for a work van that can really hold its own, though, you should consider the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. While it’s about $11,000 more expensive than the Chevrolet Express, with a starting price of almost $36,000, it can hold up to 547 cubic feet inside cargo van models and has enough head room for most adults to stand up inside. Standard roof models, for example, have an interior height of about 5 feet 5 inches, while high roof models have enough space for a 6-foot-5-inch adult to stand straight up. So, if you need a maximum of cargo and interior space with your work van, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is the way to go. But if you can get by with what the Chevrolet Express has to offer, you’ll be able to save some cash.

  • "The wide-opening rear cargo doors ease loading. The 60/40 split driver-side doors are a helpful addition, as is the new driver-side access panel on cargo models. … The front row could use more small-item storage." -- Consumer Guide

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