The Chevrolet Express 1500 is a carryover from the 2008 model. The Express is offered in three body styles, four weight classes and several trims. The Passenger configuration is available in LS and LT trim, and can be had in 1500, 2500 and 3500 weight classes. The 1500 has the option of all-wheel drive, and an extended version of the 3500 is available. Both trims make use of a 5.3 liter V8 or a Flex Fuel edition of the same motor as standard equipment on the 1500, and this unit is rated at 301 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. LS and LT trims of the 2500 and 3500 come with a 323 horsepower, 6.0 liter 8-cylinder motor that also pushes out 373 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy for the 1500 is 13 miles per gallon in the city and 16 miles per gallon on the highway. The 2500 and 3500 are not rated in terms of fuel economy. A 4-speed automatic transmission is standard for each edition of the vehicle.
The Work Van configuration of the Express 1500 makes use of the same weight classes, with all-wheel drive once again being available on the 1500 along with an extended edition of the 3500. The base engine for the Work Van 1500 is a smaller 4.3 liter V6 that produces 195 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Fuel mileage for this unit is rated at 15 miles per gallon in city driving and 20 miles per gallon on the highway. Buyers can also step up to the same 5.3 liter V8 found in the Passenger configuration. The 2500 and 3500 versions of the Work Van use a 279 horsepower, 4.8 liter V8 as standard equipment. This unit also produces 294 lb-ft of torque. A 323 horsepower, 6.0 liter V8 and a 6.6 liter turbodiesel V8 that churns out an impressive 250 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque are available as upgrades. Again, the 2500 and 3500 are not rated in terms of fuel economy, and a 4-speed automatic transmission is the exclusive gearbox for each vehicle.
The Cutaway Van version of the Express comes in 3500 and 4500 weight classes, with the former making use of the 4.8 liter and 6.0 liter V8’s, and the latter available with the 6.0 or the 6.6 liter turbodiesel. A 4-speed transmission is standard for all editions of the Cutaway Van.