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2012 Chevrolet Express Cargo Trims

1500

Avg. Price: $18,689

Forget the typical soccer-mom ride. The 2012 Chevrolet Express Cargo van is a full-size, 2-passenger workhorse featuring a passenger-side access door and rear swing-open cargo door—perfect for the equipment, not so much for the team. Spartan yet accommodating, this big Chevy van boasts 270 cubic feet of payload room, along with standard 17-inch steel wheels, vinyl upholstery, a trip computer and air conditioning. Phone pre-wiring and two speakers, meantime, are the sole standard concessions to entertainment and communications whims.

Options, on the other hand, can make the 2012 Express 1500 Cargo van, if not palatial, at least more in keeping with expected creature comforts for the average driver. The Express Access Package features remote-opening bins for side compartments, remote engine start and remote keyless entry, while the Enhanced Lighting Package adds extra dashboard and cabin lights. The Chrome Appearance Package, meantime, lathers the exterior in chrome, while the Convenience Package throws power windows and door locks into the mix and, combined with the Power Packages, adds to that heated power-adjustable, turn-signal-integrated outside mirrors. Standalone options include a 3.73 rear axle ratio, heavy-duty trailer towing equipment, a locking rear differential, cloth seats, cruise control, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, tilt-wheel steering, a single-CD player with AM/FM stereo, Bluetooth-interfaced OnStar Directions and Connections with emergency services and a rear driver’s-side swing-out access door.

Powering the rear-wheel-drive (RWD) 2012 Express Cargo 1500 is a 195-hp 4.3-liter V6 engine. Combined with the standard 4-speed automatic transmission, this entry-level van puts out 260 lb-ft of torque, gets an estimated 15 mpg city/20 highway and can tow up to 6,700 pounds when properly equipped.

Look for 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS) in the 2012 Express 1500 Cargo, as well as traction and stability control and front head airbags. Daytime running lights, dusk-sensing headlights and a vehicle antitheft system round out the standard safety features aboard this sizable work van.

1500 AWD

8 national listings
Avg. Price: $34,341

The only all-wheel-drive-equipped (AWD) work van in Chevy’s Express lineup is the 2012 Express Cargo 1500 AWD. This full-size, 2-passenger hauler flaunts rear swing-out cargo doors, a passenger-side rear access door, 270.4 cubic feet of cargo area behind the vinyl-clad front seats, 17-inch steel wheels, a trip computer and air conditioning, all standard. Two speakers and phone pre-wiring, meantime, are its only concessions to entertainment and communications needs.

If a few more accommodations to comfort and utility are desired, there are a number of options for this AWD worker. The Express Access Package offers side access compartments with remote-opening doors, remote engine start and keyless entry, with the Enhanced Lighting Package adding dash and cabin lighting. The Chrome Appearance Package, meanwhile, adds chrome accents outside, while the Convenience Package throws in power windows and door locks and can be combined with two Power Packages for heated, power-adjustable, turn-signal-integrated outside mirrors. An available 3.73 rear axle ratio, heavy-duty locking rear differential and a heavy-duty trailer-towing package are all options, as is a rear driver’s-side swing-out access door. Further options available for the 2012 Express Cargo 1500 AWD include tilt-wheel steering, cruise control, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, Bluetooth-integrated OnStar Directions and Connections with Emergency Services and a single-CD player with AM/FM stereo.

In a departure from its rear-wheel-drive (RWD) sibling, the 2012 Express Cargo 1500 AWD boasts a standard 5.3-liter ethanol-capable (FFV) V8 powerplant that again mates with the standard 4-speed automatic transmission. This combo is good for 310 hp and 334 lb-ft of torque to the tune of 13 mpg city/17 highway. Towing is maxed out at 6,400 pounds with the proper equipment, and the AWD system is managed by a viscous limited-slip center differential.

Safety-wise, look for 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS) in the 2012 Express Cargo 1500 AWD, as well as traction and stability control. Front head airbags are also standard, as are daytime running lights, dusk-sensing headlights and a vehicle antitheft system.

2500

Avg. Price: $19,768

The three-quarter-ton 2012 Chevrolet Express Cargo 2500 full-size work van takes utility to a whole other level. With 16-inch steel wheels and vinyl upholstery, this is a pretty Spartan workhorse, but 270.4 cubic feet of cargo area, passenger-side rear access door, rear swing-out cargo doors and a standard V8 powerplant keep it work-focused and duty-bound. There are a couple of standard amenities, such as a trip computer, air conditioning, a pair of speakers (with no standard audio system) and phone pre-wiring, but features-wise, this heavy hauler won’t be confused with its Cadillac cousins.

Options, on the other hand, are plentiful, beginning with the Express Access Package, which stars remote-opening side bin doors, remote vehicle start and remote keyless entry. Then there are such available goodies as the Chrome Appearance Package, with added exterior chrome accents, and the Convenience Package, with power windows, door locks and outside mirrors. A pair of Power Packages can be combined with the Convenience Package for heated, turn-signal-integrated outside mirrors, while a 3.73 rear axle ratio, a heavy-duty rear locking differential and heavy-duty trailer-towing equipment may also be added. Finally, Chevy’s hefty Express Cargo 2500 is additionally eligible for such standalone options as tilt-wheel steering, cruise control, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a single-CD player with AM/FM stereo, a swing-out driver’s side cargo door and Bluetooth-interfaced OnStar Directions and Connections with emergency services.

Standard power for the rear-wheel-drive (RWD) 2012 Express Cargo 2500 is an ethanol-capable (FFV) 4.8-liter V8 engine that combines with a standard 6-speed automatic transmission for 280 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Payload is maxed out at some 3,222 pounds with the small V8, and mileage is estimated at 11 mpg city/17 highway.

A 6.0-liter FFV V8 rated for 324 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque is available to the Express Cargo 2500, with the standard 6-speed automatic ensuring a maximum towing capacity of 10,000 pounds when properly equipped. Mileage with this beefed-up V8, meanwhile, is estimated at 10/16. Additionally, the three-quarter-ton Cargo 2500 can be fitted with a compressed natural gas (CNG) 6.0-liter V8, keeping the same 6-speed automatic, with horsepower and torque figures mirroring those of the gasoline-powered version.

Standard safety features in the 2012 Express Cargo 2500 include 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, and front head airbags. Then there are such additional standard safety items as daytime running lights, dusk-sensing headlights and a vehicle antitheft system.

2500 Diesel

Avg. Price: $25,186

Stick a 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8 engine in the 2012 Chevrolet Express Cargo 2500 and behold the Express Cargo 2500 Diesel. This full-size, three-quarter-ton, 2-passenger work van sports, in addition to the big diesel, 270.4 cubic feet of cargo area, standard 16-inch steel wheels, vinyl front bucket seats, rear swing-out cargo doors and a passenger-side access door. Then there are the basics such as air conditioning, a trip computer, two speakers (but no standard audio system) and phone pre-wiring.

Though the Express Cargo lineup is strictly business, a plethora of available features can turn this plain van into a tolerably comfortable and sharp-looking ride, not to mention a formidable hauling machine. For 2012, the Express Cargo 2500 Diesel can be equipped with the Express Access Package, boasting side bins with remote-opening doors, remote engine start and keyless entry. The Enhanced Lighting Package adds upgraded dashboard and cabin lighting, with the Chrome Appearance Package sporting a wealth of exterior chrome accents. The Convenience Package, meanwhile, puts power-adjustable outside mirrors, power windows and door locks in the cabin, with the Power Package(s) adding heated, turn-signal-integrated mirrors. Standalone options include a heavy-duty locking rear differential, beefed-up rear axle ratios and a heavy-duty trailer hitch with wiring, as well as cruise control, cloth upholstery, power-adjustable driver’s seat, tilt-wheel steering, a driver’s-side rear access door, Bluetooth-integrated OnStar Directions and Connections that also features emergency services and, finally, a single-CD player with AM/FM stereo.

Its 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8 powerplant endows the rear-wheel-drive-only (RWD) 2012 Express Cargo 2500 Diesel with 260 hp and 525 lb-ft of torque via a standard 6-speed automatic transmission. Expect a maximum of 10,000 pounds of towing capacity, with mileage estimated at 10 mpg city/16 highway.

Safety-wise, the 2012 Express Cargo 2500 Diesel boasts standard 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, and front head airbags, all complemented by daytime running lights, dusk-sensing headlights and a vehicle antitheft system.

2500 Ext.

18 national listings
Avg. Price: $27,853

For 2012, the Chevrolet Express Cargo 2500 Ext. features 20 extra inches of overall length and wheelbase, at 244 inches and 155 inches, respectively. This means, obviously, a considerable increase in cargo space to 313.9 cubic feet. Otherwise, this full-size, 2-passenger work van remains as unadorned as its siblings, sporting standard 16-inch steel wheels, vinyl front bucket seats, a trip computer and air conditioning. Standard phone pre-wiring and two unemployed speakers, meanwhile, represent its only concessions to entertainment and communications requirements.

Options, on the other hand, can go some distance toward bringing this Spartan hauler up to some sort of comfort and convenience standard. The Express Access Package, for instance, features side cargo bins with remote-opening doors, remote engine start and keyless entry, while adding the Enhanced Lighting Package means upgraded cabin and dash lighting. The Convenience Package throws in power windows, door locks and outside mirrors, with the Power Package adding heated and turn-signal-integrated outside mirrors. A heavy-duty rear locking differential, a 3.73 rear axle ratio and heavy-duty trailer-towing equipment result in a hefty uptick in utility, while available cloth upholstery, cruise control, tilt-wheel steering, a power-adjustable driver’s seat and a driver’s side rear access door contribute mightily to driver compatibility. Believe it or not, a couple of techno-gizmos, including Bluetooth-capable OnStar Directions and Connections service with emergency communications, as well as a single-CD player with AM/FM stereo, are also available to this three-quarter-ton workhorse.

Standard power for the rear-wheel-drive (RWD) 2012 Express Cargo 2500 Ext. is a 4.8-liter ethanol-capable (FFV) V8 engine that mates with the standard 6-speed automatic transmission for 280 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Payload capacity is some 3,000 pounds, and gas mileage is estimated at 11 mpg city/17 highway.

Also available for this full-size workhorse is a 324-hp 6.0-liter FFV V8, again with the 6-speed automatic transmission, that’ll pump out 380 lb-ft of torque to the estimated-mileage tune of 10/16. With the proper equipment this stretched-out Chevy van can tow more than 9,000 pounds and haul over 3,000 pounds of payload. A compressed natural gas (CNG) 6.0-liter V8, again with the 6-speed automatic, is also available to the Express Cargo 2500 Ext. Horsepower and torque figures mirror those of the gas-powered version.

Standard safety equipment aboard the 2012 Express Cargo 2500 Ext. includes 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front head airbags, daytime running lights, dusk-sensing headlights and a vehicle antitheft system.

2500 Ext. Diesel

1 national listing
Avg. Price: $33,900

Boasting 244 inches of overall length and a 155-inch wheelbase, not to mention a potent turbodiesel V8 engine, the 2012 Chevrolet Express Cargo 2500 Ext. Diesel takes toting power and utility to a whole new level. This 2-passenger full-size work van also sports rear barn-door-style cargo access and a passenger-side swing-out access door. It also sports 319.9 cubic feet of cargo area behind the front seats, as well as 16-inch steel wheels, vinyl front bucket seats, a trip computer and air conditioning. Finally, standard phone pre-wiring and a pair of speakers (with no standard audio system) are the main items that sum up much of the rest of the basic delivered equipment.

Options, however, are there for the taking. For 2012, this big workhorse can be equipped with the Express Access Package, with remotely accessible rear side bins, remote engine start and keyless entry, while the Enhanced Lighting Package adds upgraded interior lighting. An available Convenience Package supplies Chevy’s work van with power windows, door locks and outside mirrors, while the accompanying Power Package can include heated and/or turn-signal-integrated mirrors. Additionally, the Chrome Appearance Package loads this hauler’s exterior with, of course, a bunch of chrome accents. Standalone options, meantime, include a heavy-duty rear axle ratio, locking rear differential, heavy-duty trailer-towing equipment and a driver’s side rear access door. Further options include cloth upholstery, tilt-wheel steering, cruise control, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, Bluetooth-integrated OnStar Directions and Connections with Emergency Services and a single-CD player with AM/FM stereo.

A standard 260-hp 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8 powers the rear-wheel-drive-only (RWD) 2012 Express Cargo 2500 Ext. Diesel, while the standard 6-speed automatic transmission allows a whopping 525 lb-ft of trailer-towing torque. Look for 10,000 pounds of towing capacity, along with 10 mpg city/16 highway for estimated gas mileage.

The standard safety equipment in this oversize workaholic includes 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front head airbags, daytime running lights, dusk-sensing headlights and a vehicle antitheft system.

3500

5 national listings
Avg. Price: $27,481

For maximum heavy-hauling duties look to the rear-wheel-drive (RWD) 2012 Chevrolet Express Cargo 3500 one-ton full-size cargo van. This 2-passenger workhorse boasts over 270 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the front seats, as well as standard rear swing-out cargo doors, a passenger-side rear access door, 16-inch steel wheels, a pair of vinyl bucket seats, a trip computer, air conditioning, two speakers and phone pre-wiring. Luxurious, it’s not. But, should some extra appearance accoutrements, creature comforts or load capabilities be needed, options abound. The Convenience Package, for instance, adds power windows, door locks and outside mirrors, and the accompanying Power Package throws in heated, turn-signal-integrated outside mirrors. Then there’s the Express Access Package, which includes side bins with remote-opening doors, remote vehicle start and keyless entry, while the Enhanced Lighting Package offers upgraded dash and cabin lighting. The Chrome Appearance Package spiffs up the exterior, while an available 3.73 rear axle ratio, heavy-duty locking rear differential and heavy-duty trailer-towing equipment builds the Express 3500’s muscle. Finally, standalone options include cruise control, tilt-wheel steering, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, cloth upholstery, driver’s side swing-out rear cargo door, single-CD player with AM/FM stereo and the popular Bluetooth-interfaced OnStar Directions and Connections with emergency services.

Powered by the standard 4.8-liter ethanol-capable Flex-Fuel (FFV) V8 and the standard 6-speed automatic transmission, this big van is endowed with 280 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Payload capacity, meantime, is 4,238 pounds, while mileage, despite variable valve timing (VVT), is estimated at 10 mpg city/16 highway.

Available in the Express 3500 for 2012 is a VVT 6.0-liter Flex-Fuel V8 and 6-speed automatic that’ll lay out 324 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque, again to the tune of 10/16. Towing, meanwhile, is bumped up to some 10,000 pounds with the proper equipment. Additionally, a compressed natural gas (CNG) 6.0-liter V8 engine, again with the 6-speed automatic, is also available to the Express 3500 with no change in performance figures from the gasoline-burning version.

Standard safety features in Chevy’s supersize Express 3500 include 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front head airbags, daytime running lights, dusk-sensing headlights and a vehicle antitheft system.

3500 Diesel

Chevrolet’s rear-wheel-drive (RWD) 2012 Express Cargo 3500 work van gets a bit more muscle with a 260-hp 6.6-liter turbocharged diesel V8, thus resulting in the Express Cargo 3500 Diesel. This two-passenger one-ton work truck also comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission managing an impressive 525 lb-ft of torque. Expect towing capacity in the range of 10,000 pounds, with max payload in the vicinity of 3,343 pounds. Alas, look for a paltry 10 mpg city/16 highway from this prodigious turbodiesel.

Mighty it may be, but the 2012 Express Cargo 3500 Diesel is, after all, intended as a work vehicle, therefore standard appearance, comfort and convenience features are few. Look for 16-inch steel wheels, vinyl front bucket seats, a trip computer, air conditioning, two speakers and phone pre-wiring to be the only amenities, with a rear swing-out passenger-side access door and rear swing-out doors in back, each for loading cargo.

Options, on the other hand, can make this heavy hauler a bit more comfy and companionable. There is, for instance, the Convenience Package, with power windows, door locks and mirrors, and the available Power Package, adding heat and turn-signal integration to said mirrors. Then there are such goodies as the Chrome Appearance Package, which spiffs up the exterior, and the Express Access Package, which features remote vehicle start, keyless entry and side bins boasting remote-opening doors. The Enhanced Lighting Package, meantime, sports upgraded dashboard and cabin lighting. For some added capability, this hefty hauler boasts an available 3.73 rear axle ratio, heavy-duty trailer-towing equipment and a heavy-duty rear locking differential. Finally, standalone options include cloth upholstery, cruise control, tilt-wheel steering, a driver’s side rear access door, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, Bluetooth-integrated OnStar Directions and Connections with emergency service and a single-CD player with AM/FM stereo.

Safety-wise, the 2012 Express 3500 Diesel sports standard 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, and front head airbags, with daytime running lights, dusk-sensing headlights and a vehicle antitheft system also coming standard.

3500 Ext.

3 national listings
Avg. Price: $18,726

Take an already good-size work van and make it even bigger with an extra 20 inches in wheelbase and in total length. At 244 inches long and with a 155-inch wheelbase, the 2012 Chevrolet Express Cargo 3500 Ext. is such a van. Such stretching allows 313.9 cubic feet of cargo area, but makes parking this beast a distinct challenge. In any case, the Express Cargo 3500 Ext., like its shorter siblings, is designed for labor rather than comfort, with 16-inch steel wheels, vinyl front bucket seats, air conditioning, two unemployed speakers and phone pre-wiring its only standard assets. This stretched-out 2-passenger heavy-hauler is also delivered with the standard passenger-side swing-out rear access door and rear swing-out cargo doors.

A number of options may make the 2012 Express Cargo 3500 Ext. a bit more habitable, a tad handsomer and a lot more muscular. Such options include the Convenience Package and its accompanying Power Package for power windows, power door locks and heated, power-adjustable, turn-signal-integrated outside mirrors. Then there’s the Express Access Package, with remote keyless entry, remote engine start and side-bins with remote-opening doors, as well as the self-explanatory Chrome Appearance Package and the Enhanced Lighting Package, with upgraded dash and cabin lighting. A rear driver’s-side access door is also available, as is a beefed-up rear axle ratio, heavy-duty trailer-towing equipment and a heavy-duty rear locking differential. Further standalone options, meantime, include cruise control, tilt-wheel steering, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, cloth upholstery, Bluetooth-interfaced OnStar Directions and Connections with emergency services and a single-CD player with AM/FM stereo.

Standard in the rear-wheel-drive-only (RWD) 2012 Express Cargo 3500 Ext. is a 4.8-liter ethanol-capable (FFV) V8 engine that combines with the standard 6-speed automatic transmission for 280 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Look for a payload capacity of some 4,043 pounds with mileage in the vicinity of 10 mpg city/16 highway despite variable valve timing (VVT).

A 6.0-liter Flex Fuel V8, again with the 6-speed automatic and VVT, is also available to this stretched-out van. Expect 324 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque from this combo, with towing capacity upped to some 9,000 pounds with the proper equipment and mileage hanging in at 10/16. Additionally, a compressed natural gas (CNG) 6.0-liter V8 can be substituted for the gasoline V8 engine. With the 6-speed automatic once more standard, horsepower and torque mirror those of the gasoline-burning 6.0-liter powerplant.

Standard safety features in Chevy’s Express Cargo 3500 Ext. include 4-wheel antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front head airbags, daytime running lights, dusk-sensing headlights and a vehicle antitheft system.

3500 Ext. Diesel

Stretch out Chevrolet’s full-size (one-ton) Express Cargo 3500 van and add a potent turbodiesel to behold the 2012 Express Cargo 3500 Ext. Diesel. Sporting 244 inches of overall length and a 155-inch wheelbase, this lengthy hauler accommodates 2 people and some 319.9 cubic feet of cargo, the latter accessed by a rear passenger-side cargo door and a pair of rear swing-out cargo doors. Amenities are scarce, however, with 16-inch steel wheels, vinyl front bucket seats, a trip computer, air conditioning, phone pre-wiring and a pair of system-less speakers among the only standard concessions to comfort, convenience and appearance.

There are, however, a number of optional packages and standalone goodies to choose from for the Express Cargo 3500 Ext. Diesel. The Convenience Package and its supporting Power Package, for instance, can be combined to sport power windows, door locks and heated, turn-signal-integrated power-adjustable mirrors, while the Chrome Appearance Package endows the exterior with plenty of, you guessed it, chrome trim pieces. The Express Access Package, meanwhile, might be mated with the Enhanced Lighting Package for remote vehicle start, keyless entry, side bins with remote-opening doors and upgraded dash and cabin lighting. Utility and muscle, meantime, are ratcheted up with an available 3.73 rear axle ratio, heavy-duty trailer-towing equipment, a heavy-duty rear locking differential and a driver’s-side rear cargo access door. And then there are such standalone options as cloth upholstery, cruise control, tilt-wheel steering, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, Bluetooth-interfaced OnStar Directions and Connections with emergency services and a single-CD player with AM/FM stereo, to name a few.

Delivered with the 2012 Express Cargo 3500 Ext. Diesel is a standard 6.6-liter turbocharged diesel engine that combines with the standard 6-speed automatic transmission for 260-hp and 525 lb-ft of torque. This Chevy can tow some 9,000 pounds of trailer with the proper equipment, while mileage for the turbodiesel hovers around 10 mpg city/16 highway.

For 2012, standard safety features in the Express Cargo 3500 Ext. Diesel include 4-wheel antilock braking (ABS), traction and stability control, front head airbags, dusk-sensing headlights, daytime running lights and a vehicle antitheft system.