Chevrolet’s rear-wheel drive Express 500 passenger and cargo vans give Chevy aficionados total value for money—they make it possible to transport a large group of people comfortably and carry huge load amounts for trade and various purposes. Since the Express’ inception into the automotive market, the 3500 has been a mainstay in the former’s lineup, evolving throughout the years into a more powerful and consumer-friendly truck. Tracing its innovations along the way, one can say that the Chevrolet Express 3500 has never failed to make its mark on the van-buying audience.
2008 Chevrolet Express 3500
In the 2008 year model of the Express 3500, General Motors introduces the GEN-IV Vortec engines. This year is the year when head curtain side air bags, an expanded driver information center, the StabiliTrak which helps maintain control on slippery roads or in abrupt maneuvers, and the four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with the dynamic rear proportioning, are made standard. However, the all-wheel drive system is yet to be available.
2009 Chevrolet Express 3500
Boasting a new wheel and tire design the 2009 Express 3500 can now tow up to 7,400 pounds, a treat for people who love boating and are into camp trailing. On this model, the 323-horsepowered 6.0-liter V is made standard. The shorter wheelbase, which has three rows and front bucket seats, can seat up to eight passengers, while the longer-wheelbase 3500 can accommodate 12 passengers.
2012 Chevrolet Express 3500
This year model has configurable seats that can house up to 15 passengers, making a road trip for a group of colleagues or three average-sized families possible. When it comes to hauling 9,500 lbs of equipment, one can bet that the 2012 Express 3500 model can do the job. All non-diesel Express 3500 models can also now use the E85 Flex Fuel.
2013 Chevrolet Express 3500
Available with a 135-inch or 155-inch wheelbase, the Express 3500’s safety features include four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, electronic stability control systems or StabiliTrak which apply precise amounts of brake pressure at individual wheels and reduce the engine torque to help the driver keep the vehicle on track, and front airbags with a side curtain airbag on the passenger vans. It also has traction control systems and tire-pressuring monitoring systems.
All-wheel drive configuration models have a standard engine of 5.3-L V8 rated at 310 hp and 373 foot-pounds (ft-lb) of torque.
This year model has new offerings for the truck-buying public, such as the AM/FM navigation radio with CD and MP3 compatibility, a rear vision camera, and a rear park assist.