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2009 Chevrolet Express 2500 Van - Overview

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2009 Chevrolet Express 2500 Van

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What Changed for 2009:

  • Standard 17-inch steel wheels on G1500 and H1500 cargo models
  • Optional 17-inch aluminum wheels available on G1500 and H1500 models
  • Standard transmission oil cooler on applications with GCWR greater than 14,000 pounds
  • Fast-idle option available on 6.0-liter V-8 engine
  • Engine oil cooler standard on 4.3-liter V-6 engine
  • G1500 and H1500 models with 5.3-liter V-8 engine get 125-amp alternator
Chevrolet's 2009 Express full-size van continues as a carryover model with few changes. Express is a proven people hauler with the ability to carry up to 15 passengers. It's also a durable commercial vehicle that serves as the foundation for numerous luxury van conversions. With the 2009 Chevrolet Express, the division carries on its 40-year product portfolio with offerings that fill a specific consumer niche.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Chevrolet Express is available in passenger, cargo and conversion van models. It is available in regular- (135-inch) and extended- (155-inch) wheelbase lengths. Cutaway models, which can be converted to applications such as a school bus, RV or various commercial applications, are available in 139-inch, 159-inch and 177-inch wheelbase lengths. Express vans come in four series: the 1500, including light-duty (half-ton) models rated at 7300 pounds; 2500, including heavy-duty (three-quarter-ton) models rated at 8500 pounds; heavy-duty (one-ton) 3500, including full-bodied cargo/passenger vans rated at 9600 pounds; and commercial and RV cutaway chassis with gross vehicle weight (GVW) ratings of 9900 to 14,200 pounds.

Express passenger models offer 8-, 12- and 15-passenger seating configurations. New for 2009 are 17-inch steel wheels on G1500 and H1500 models, with 17-inch aluminum wheels available. Gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) increases to 7300 pounds on G1500 and H1500 models. Express LS models include dual reclining front bucket seats; second- and third-row removable bench seats; power windows and door locks; power steering; tilt steering column; manual air conditioning; keyless entry and multi-function remote; rear step-up bumper; cruise control; and a chrome grille. Express LT adds remote keyless entry; panic alarm; chrome front and rear bumper; AM/FM radio with seek and scan and 2 speakers; and rear HVAC ducts and controls.

Options on the 2009 Chevrolet Express, depending on model selected, include a chromed grille; 6-way power driver seat; leather steering wheel; driver-side 60/40 swing-out doors; passenger-side sliding door; folding, power, heated outside mirrors; convenience package with power windows and locks or tilt steering column and cruise control; rear window defogger; deep tinted glass; remote keyless entry; upgraded audio system with in-dash 6-disc CD changer; custom cloth front seats; 15-passenger seating; and 17-inch aluminum wheels. Dealer-installed accessories include hitch-mounted bicycle or ski carriers, roof-mounted ladder package, roof rails, splash guards, first aid kit, and a battery warmer.

The 2009 Chevrolet Express is powered by a choice of five engines. Standard engine for the light-duty Express 1500 cargo model is a 4.3-liter V-6 with multi-port fuel injection, which produces 195 hp at 4600 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. of torque at 2800 rpm. Standard engine on the 2500 Series is a 4.8-liter V-8, which generates 279 hp at 5600 rpm and 294 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. The G1500 and H1500 passenger models and H1500 cargo and conversion models get the beefier 5.3-liter V-8 engine, which delivers 301 hp at 5200 rpm and 325 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. This engine also has an available flex-fuel E85 version. For more power still, customers can opt for a 6.0-liter V-8 engine, which pumps out 323 hp at 4400 rpm and 373 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. New for 2009, this engine features a fast-idle option which makes it easier to run numerous accessories while idling (at a worksite, for example). A Duramax 6.6-liter, turbo-diesel V-8 engine (standard on G2500 regular/extended wheelbase with YF7, optional on G2500 regular/extended wheelbase) delivers 250 hp at 3200 rpm and 460 lb.-ft. of torque at 1600 rpm. All 2009 Chevrolet Express models have one of three Hydra-Matic standard 4-speed electronically controlled automatic transmissions with overdrive and torque converter, including tow/haul mode, electronic stability control, and 4-wheel ABS. Standard for 2009 is a transmission oil cooler on gross combined weight rating (GCWR) applications greater than 14,000 pounds.

In fuel economy, the 4.3-liter V-6 and 4.8-liter V-8 engines are not rated by the EPA. The Express 1500 passenger van with the 5.3-liter V-8 engine gets an EPA-estimated 13 mpg city/16 mpg highway in 2-wheel drive or all-wheel drive (2WD or AWD) models. The E85 version in either 2WD or AWD gets an estimated 9 mpg city/12 mpg highway (E85) and 13 mpg city/16 mpg highway (gas). The 6.0-liter V-8 and diesel 6.6-liter V-8 engines are also not rated by the EPA.

Standard safety features on the 2009 Chevrolet Express include dual front air bags; head curtain side-impact air bags (standard on passenger van only, optional on cargo vans); 3-point safety belts for all seating positions and safety belt pre-tensioners for driver and right-front passenger; steel safety cage; 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Hydroboost; dynamic rear proportioning; theft-deterrent system; Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) system for child safety seats (passenger van only); and a driver information center. Electronic stability control is standard on all passenger models. A tire-pressure monitor is standard on all cargo and passenger models, as well as flat and convex exterior mirrors for a wider field of vision. Enhanced Technology Glass (ETG), standard on 12- and 15-passenger models, mitigates passenger ejection from the vehicle, the manufacturer claims.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2009 Chevrolet Express 1500 passenger and cargo van receives a 5-star rating for frontal crash-test protection. The passenger van receives a 5-star rating in driver side-impact testing, but is not rated in rear occupant side-impact tests. In NHTSA rollover tests, the Express 1500 and 3500 passenger vans receive a 3-star rating.

The 2009 Chevrolet Express comes equipped with a standard AM/FM stereo with digital clock and 2 front-door speakers. Other audio systems are optional, including an AM/FM stereo with CD player; one with CD/MP3 player, auto tone control and 2 rear door and 2 sound bar speakers; or an AM/FM setup with MP3-compatible 6-disc in-dash CD changer.

Available Trims for the 2009 Chevrolet Express 2500 Van

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Work Van 4 speed automatic $25,235 279-hp / 4.8L 8-cyl 0/0
LS 4 speed automatic $29,580 319-hp / 6.0L 8-cyl 0/0
Upfitter 4 speed automatic $30,570 319-hp / 6.0L 8-cyl 0/0

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