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2013 Chevrolet Express 1500 Van - Overview

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$25,750 – $33,860 MSRP

$23,948 – $31,490 Invoice

13 / 17 MPG City/Hwy


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2013 Chevrolet Express 1500 Van

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What's New for 2013:

  • Optional navigation radio system
  • Optional reversing camera and rear park-assist sensors

Exterior Features
The 2013 Chevrolet Express Passenger is a full-size passenger van offered in LS and LT trim levels. Buyers choose between the 1500-series light-duty model with a 135-inch wheelbase and 2500/3500-series heavy-duty models with a 135-inch wheelbase or a 155-inch extended wheelbase. Depending on configuration, the Express Passenger van carries 8, 12 or 15 passengers.

Standard equipment for the Express LS Passenger van includes 17-inch steel wheels, black-painted bumpers, and swing-out 60/40-split right-side cargo doors.

Interior Features
The 2013 Chevrolet Express LS Passenger van is equipped with standard air conditioning, AM/FM stereo, driver information system, power steering, premium vinyl seats, and dual 12-volt power outlets located on the engine cover.

Optional Features
Options for the 2013 Chevrolet Express LS Passenger van include chrome bumpers, chrome grille, composite headlights, power windows, remote keyless entry, rear air conditioning, rear auxiliary heater, auxiliary cabin lighting, and full floor carpeting. These items are standard on the Express LT Passenger van, which is exclusively offered with 6-way power-adjustable front seats.

Both versions of the Express Passenger van can be equipped with a choice of audio systems, some of which include a USB port and satellite radio. Additional options include Bluetooth hands-free calling, cloth seats, remote vehicle starting, heated power exterior mirrors with turn signal repeater lights, exterior temperature display, compass, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with satellite audio controls.

For 2013, the Express Passenger van can be equipped with a new navigation radio, rear park-assist sensors, and a reversing camera. A locking rear differential is offered as an option, and Express buyers can add a sliding right-side cargo door. The Express 1500 Passenger van is also available with 17-inch aluminum wheels.

Under the Hood
The 2013 Chevrolet Express 1500 Passenger van is equipped with a standard 5.3-liter V-8 engine with 310 horsepower and 334 lb.-ft. of torque. While a 4-speed automatic transmission is standard, an E85 flex-fuel version of the 5.3-liter V-8 is optional, and Chevrolet offers an optional all-wheel-drive system with this engine.

The Express 2500 Passenger and Express 3500 Passenger vans are equipped with a standard 4.8-liter V-8 engine generating 280 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. A 4-speed automatic transmission is standard. These heavy-duty versions of the Express Passenger van can be optioned with a 6.0-liter V-8 engine generating 324 horsepower and 373 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission is included with the 6.0-liter V-8 engine.

A 6.6-liter Duramax turbo-diesel V-8 with 260 horsepower and 525 lb.-ft. of torque is optional on the Express 2500 Passenger and Express 3500 Passenger vans, paired with a heavy-duty 6-speed automatic transmission equipped with B20 bio-diesel capability.

Chevrolet says the Duramax turbo-diesel engine is designed to go 200,000 miles without an overhaul and is "the cleanest Duramax engine ever produced" thanks to a second-generation diesel particulate filter and a large-capacity Selective Catalyst Reduction after-treatment system employing urea-based Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF). Chevy says the DEF must be replenished after 5,000 miles of travel.

When temperatures dip to as low as -20 degrees Fahrenheit, special glow plugs get the Duramax diesel started in less than 3 seconds, according to Chevrolet. Models with this engine also have a fuel-operated heater system to heat the cabin quickly in low temperatures.

Properly equipped, a 2013 Chevrolet Express Passenger van will tow up to 10,000 pounds. The 1500-series van offers a maximum 7,300-pound Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). The 2500-series van is rated at 8,600-pounds GVWR, while the 3500-series van is rated at 9,600-pounds GVWR with the 6.0-liter V-8 and 9,900-pounds GVWR with the Duramax diesel.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Chevrolet Express Passenger van models are:

  • 1500 5.3-liter V-8: 13/17/14 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • 1500 5.3-liter V-8 AWD: 13/17/14 mpg
  • 2500 4.8-liter V-8: 11/17/13 mpg
  • 2500 6.0-liter V-8: 11/16/13 mpg
  • 3500 4.8-liter V-8: 11/17/13 mpg
  • 3500 6.0-liter V-8: 11/16/12 mpg

Dual front air bags, side curtain air bags, a traction and stability control system, tire-pressure-monitoring system, and 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with a HydroBoost function and dynamic rear proportioning are standard on every 2013 Chevy Express Passenger van. This model also includes child-seat anchors and Enhanced Technology Glass (ETG), which Chevrolet says is designed to provide "superior occupant retention" in a collision. Safety-related options for this model include rear park-assist sensors and a reversing camera.

As this overview is written, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash tests on the 2013 Chevrolet Express Passenger vans.

Available Trims for the 2013 Chevrolet Express 1500 Van

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Work Van 4 speed automatic $25,750 195-hp / 4.3L 6-cyl 15/20
LS 4 speed automatic $29,510 310-hp / 5.3L 8-cyl 13/17
Upfitter 4 speed automatic $31,095 310-hp / 5.3L 8-cyl 13/18

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