The 2015 Chevrolet City Express Cargo Van reaps the benefits of its car platform by offering better handling and fuel economy than its larger, truck-based cousins. That being said, it’s not without issues. Its 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, which can only produce 131 horsepower, is surprisingly weak, while its cargo capacity is lower than that of its competitors.
The 2015 Chevrolet City Express Cargo Van enters the small-commercial-van segment to offer Ford some competition – especially since the automaker almost had this whole side of the market to itself. The peculiar part about the City Express is the fact that Chevy built atop car platform, which means that it’s essentially the same size as the Cruze. This allows it to be more nimble and fuel-efficient than large, truck-like vans.
On the outside, 2015 City Express is basically a re-imagined version of the NV200 cargo van, with its unique front grille and badging being the only differentiators between Chevrolet and Nissan. They even have the same available wheel covers, which speaks volumes as to how similar the two vehicles are. The base model comes with standard steel wheels as well as unpainted bumpers, door handles and door mirrors – so don’t expect anything fancy. The higher-priced versions come with more optional goodies that you can’t get on the standard trims. On the outside, the options include privacy glass in the rear doors where you otherwise get painted sheetmetal, wheel covers as well as powered and heated outside mirrors.
Design-wise, the City Express aims for practicality with its high roof and long front overhang. The van also achieves improved aerodynamics with its sloping front cab design, including the windshield glass, as well as a better view of the vehicle’s surroundings that might be hiding behind the A-pillars. There is also a unique accent line flowing from the front bumper to the door window glass up front. From the sliding door rail to the driver’s door, there is another deep crease. These cues allow the City Express to feel more “futuristic.”
On the inside, the Chevrolet City Express is as basic as it gets – at least, in the base trim. There only enough space for two front passengers, but they get to enjoy durable bucket seats with vinyl on the outside bolster. You can expect manual adjustments and armrests as well as a six-way driver’s seat with lumbar support. The four-way passenger seat is bit less comfortable, but at least, it folds to allow for a bigger cargo area. The controls are all as simple as controls get, so if you want something approaching base modern standards, you would need a higher trim. The base system is only a two-speaker AM/FM/CD player with an aux-in jack for playback of music on a mobile device. You can equip it with Bluetooth voice, audio streaming and steering-wheel-mounted controls for the radio and cruise control. The best this van has to offer in terms of electronics is a 5.8-inch touchscreen radio with navigation and app integrations.
However, the best part of this van is its cargo capacity. This vehicle can carry almost 1,500 pounds inside its 123-cubic-foot back cabin. It’s not the biggest cargo area for a vehicle such as this, so if you want more, then we suggest the Ford Transit Connect.
Under the hood, the 2015 City Express has 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that can produce 131 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard as is the continuously variable transmission. The engine allows the vehicle to accelerate to 97 km/h in 9.8 seconds. None of these numbers are particularly impressive, but this engine does come with decent fuel economy, carrying a combined rating of 9.4 litres per 100 kilometres.
Our general consensus is that the 2015 Chevrolet City Express Cargo Van could be better. Its engine is subpar as is its cargo capacity. However, we do like the smaller body, comfortable front seats and overall appearance of the vehicle. Should you get it? We recommend checking if the cargo capacity matches your needs and make your decision then.
2015 Chevrolet City Express Cargo Van
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Rating: 7 / 10
|Trim / Style||MSRP||Est. Monthly Payment||Average Price||Invoice Price|
|1LS||$25,995||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|1LT||$27,925||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|Body type||Commercial Van|
|Number of Doors||5|
|Drive Train||Front Wheel Drive|
|Power and Performance:|
The Chevrolet City Express inherits the NV200's anemic 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which sends its 131 horsepower through a continuously variable transmission (CVT). That's barely enough power for most modern small sedans, let alone a van full of cargo. Acceleration will not be among the City Express's merits, but it should achieve decent fuel economy. The NV200, for example, returns 24 mpg combined. Chevrolet could also eventually offer its 2.0-liter diesel four-cylinder to improve pulling power.
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|Interiors and Special Features:|
The interior of the base-model City Express will be just as basic as the exterior’s black plastic bumpers. Seating for just two front passengers is offered in a pair of durable bucket seats with vinyl on the outside bolsters that are typically the first ripped areas of cloth seats. Manual adjustments and armrests are standard fit on a six-way driver’s seat that also includes a lumbar support. The four-way passenger seat is less accommodating but does fold forward to create a longer load area or a mini desk for the driver.
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The City Express will come with six standard airbags, ABS and stability/traction control systems as standard. The similar Nissan Evalia (an NV200 under a yet another different name) achieved just three stars in the EuroNCAP performance but much of this is down to technicalities in the testing program. This model runs a different engine and front crash cradle, with the American version receiving extra crash structures.
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