2019 Chevy Cargo Van

2019 Chevy Cargo Van Review (Express)

Overview

Reminiscent of the old vehicles with boxy designs, the 2019 Chevy Cargo Van is not really different from its predecessors. In essence, they haven’t really aged since 1996, at least from the outside. There have been minor changes on the exterior and interior of the vehicle since ’96 to keep it from looking outdated. The efforts have worked quite well for the vehicle.
The same exterior design has been carried forward since 2003, in all the iterations thereafter. This van was built for purpose and thus equips a strong chassis and a powerful engine that compliments its character. The 2019 Chevy Cargo Van van is one such vehicle that is built to last for a long time, carrying on its legacy from its older generations, and a good amount of cargo from one place to another.

The 2019 Chevy Cargo Van has quite a few options available in terms of engines and gearboxes. The options are –

  1. 6.0L VORTEC V8 churning out 341 hp and 373 lb-ft. of torque
  2. 4.3L V6 producing 276 hp and 298 lb-ft. of torque
  3. 2.8L 4-cylinder DURAMAX diesel producing 181 hp and 369 lb-ft. of torque

All the engines have RWD as the standard drivetrain. The only trim available on offer is the WT trim. The pricing starts at $31,900 and depending upon the configuration, its price can be determined. Because it is a cargo hauler, it hasn’t been rated for its mileage. Chevrolet offers a choice of transmission for this van and both the transmissions are automatic. The big-boy 6.0L V8 and the diesel 2.8L 4 banger cousin, both come mated to the 8-speed automatic transmission while the 4.3L V6 comes with the 6-speed automatic transmission.

Chevrolet Express Cargo

What’s new in the 2019 Chevrolet Express Cargo?

The 2019 Chevy Cargo Van gets new clothes for this year. It gets new paint schemes to make it more appealing to the buyers looking out for a Cargo vehicle. Apart from the new paint schemes, the 2019 iteration also gets new warning systems: Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning.

Pros

  • New diesel option available
  • Class-leading towing capacity (10,000 lb)
  • Class-leading payload capability

Cons

  • Low fuel economy as compared to its competitors
  • Low cargo capacity vis a vis its arch-rivals
  • No all-wheel-drive option on offer
  • High roof option not available
2019 Chevy Cargo Van
2019 Chevy Cargo Van

Trims available in 2019 Chevy Cargo Van

Chevy Cargo Van WT

There is only one trim on offer for the 2019 Chevy Cargo Van: the WT variant. There are 2 payload capacities available: 2500 and 3500.

Each of the payload capacities can be ordered in a standard or an extended wheelbase configuration.
Along with the different payload capacities and wheelbases, you also get 3 engine options. A 6000cc VORTEC V8 with 341 horsepower, a 4300cc V6 with 276 horsepower and a diesel 2800cc with 181 horsepower.
The standard features on the 2019 Chevy Cargo Van include:

  1. 16-inch steel wheels
  2. A 60/40 split configuration for opening doors on the right side
  3. Driver information display
  4. Air Conditioning system
  5. Stability Control
  6. 4-wheel ABS
  7. Dual front airbags
  8. Power Windows
  9. Power Locks
  10. Vinyl Upholstery
  11. Vinyl Floor Covering
  12. The LED lighting in the Cargo Area
  13. 6 D-Ring Cargo Tie-Downs
  14. a 120-volt outlet
  15. a Rear-View camera
  16. a 4G LTE enabled Wi-Fi hotspot
  17. General Motor’s OnStar communications system
  18. 2-speaker audio system with AM/FM radio functioning

There are certain equipment packages on offer with this. These packages add some extra features to the standard list of features.

  • Convenience package adds a tilt-adjustable steering wheel and cruise control.
  • Chrome Appearance package, as the name suggests, adds chrome to the bumpers and grille.
  • Hotel Shuttle package which is the Chrome Appearance package plus the 6-Litre VORTEC V8, a sliding rear door, heated and power mirrors, a seating row, tinted glass panes, and rear cargo windows.
  • Safety Package is basically the Convenience Package plus 6L 341 horsepower VORTEC V8, power-adjusting rearview mirrors, rear parking sensors with backup alarm, and blind-spot monitoring system.
  • Ambulance Package adds the 6L VORTEC V8, a heavy-duty locking differential, a more powerful battery, and alternator.

There is a separate bundle that lets you add a 6.5-inch touchscreen with navigation, Bluetooth integration, a CD player and a USB port.
Some of the features mentioned above can be added as options to the trim. Various other options include:

  1. All-Terrain Tyres
  2. Remote Controlled Locking and Unlocking
  3. Remote Engine Start
  4. Rear Parking Sensors
  5. Backup Alarm
  6. Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  7. Cloth Upholstery
  8. Power-Adjusted Front Seats
  9. Satellite Radio
  10. Spray-In Cargo Line
  11. Rear Air Conditioning and Heating

Which 2019 Chevy Cargo Van We Recommend?

The 2019 Chevy Cargo Van is like a mix and match of features. You can add or remove features as you’d like as per your preference. You can also opt for the various packages available which can transform your Chevy Cargo Van into anything from a hotel shuttle to an ambulance.

We believe that the Chevy Cargo Van is one such vehicle that is open to a lot of options, right from the factory and, is available in only one trim i.e. the WT. Hence, the best-suited configuration depends on the cargo-hauling needs of the buyer. We recommend the buyers to opt for the long-wheelbase to compensate for the low roof. Also, the 2.8L diesel motor should be selected due to its superior performance and reliability.

The same model is available for the year 2020 with minor upgrades and adjustments. Check out our review of the 2020 Chevy Express Cargo Van.

2019 Chevy Cargo Van’s Performance

Engine

We have been talking a lot about the engine options available on the 2019 Chevy Cargo Van but haven’t gone in-depth trying to tell you what can the engine achieve. So let me take you through what engine does Chevy gives in this year’s Chevy Cargo Van.

Chevrolet offers a big 6.0L VORTEC V8 with 341 horsepower and 373 lb-ft of torque. The top speed with the V8 is 100 miles per hour. This engine helps it to tow up to 10,000 pounds. The Chevy Cargo Van even comes with a V8 for which there are a CNG and an LPG option available for this engine option which is apt for those worried about the fuel economy of the engine. The 4.3L V6 is capable of 276 horsepower and 298 lb-ft of torque. This helps it to pull a very respectable 7,200 pounds. Finally, the 2.8L 4-Cylinder diesel engine is capable of producing 181 horsepower with 369 lb-ft of torque.

2019 Chevy Cargo Van Fuel Economy (MPG)

There are no estimates available for any of the engine variants on the Chevy Cargo Van van but we can give you an estimate of about 17-19 miles per gallon in the city and 22-24 miles per gallon on a highway. What we know is that the Chevy Cargo Van has one of the best Miles per gallon figure among the competition.

Cargo Van’s Safety Features

All Chevy Cargo Van van models have side-curtain airbags, a rear backup camera, front-side airbags, anti-lock brakes and stability control as standard. Optional features include side blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, forward-collision warning, and rear parking sensors. Neither the IIHS nor the NHTSA has crash-tested the Chevy Cargo Van van.

2019 Chevy Cargo Van’s Interior

The 2019 Chevrolet Express is designed for performing one thing, hauling stuff. The interior feels dated and very basic. This vibe continues to make its way in the cabin as well with the engine covering that creeps into the driver and passenger footwell. The ability to get into the cargo area is affected by a low roof and the lack of a door behind the driver. A 120-volt AC power outlet and two auxiliary 12-volt power outlets are also present in the cabin for charging purposes.

Seating & Comfort

Chevrolet offers only 2 seats in the Chevy Cargo Van because of the big cargo area it offers. The driver and front passenger are separated by a huge bulge in the center which covers some part of the engine and transmission, the width of which might cause the driver to feel cramped, even in a large vehicle like this. The basic controls are within the driver’s reach and simple to use, but comforts are a few. This built-for-purpose van has a very basic but very functional cabin with no sign of premium materials as such. The commanding seating position means great visibility through the windshield which is also helpful in parking and moving the car around in tight spaces.

Cargo Van Seating
2019 Chevy Cargo Van Seating

Infotainment Section

The standard infotainment system comes only with AM/FM radio reception and an auxiliary jack. You’ll have to shell out some more bucks for a CD player, USB port, satellite radio and a 6.5-inch touchscreen interface with navigation that feels ancient and complex. The knobs and controls are within the driver’s reach. Because they are made up of finicky plastic, they don’t feel so great but get the work done.

2019 Chevy Cargo Van Infotainment
2019 Chevy Cargo Van Infotainment

How much will the 2019 Chevy Cargo Van Cost?

Now, we talk about how much the 2019 Chevy Cargo Van will cost you. The basic 2500 variant will cost you $31,900. A well-equipped 3500 will pull you back by $35,000 and a fully loaded 3500 will cost you $35,800.
The following table shows how much the 2019 Chevy Cargo Van will cost you in different areas in the US –

Washington$49,546
California$57,453
New Jersey$51,248
Hawaii$53,679
Nevada$51,406

Below is the 5-year cost to own the 2019 Chevy Cargo Van, which includes the Tax Credit, Insurance, Maintenance, Repairs, Taxes and Fees, Financing, Depreciation, and Fuel –

CRITERIAYear 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5Total
Tax Credit$0$0$0$0$0$0
Insurance$699$723$749$775$802$3,748
Maintenance$323$602$528$1,839$934$4,226
Repairs$0$0$106$250$366$722
Taxes and Fees$60$40$40$40$40$220
Financing$1,507$1,212$897$561$203$4,380
Depreciation$6,952$1,557$1,472$1,728$1,636$13,345
Fuel$2,954$3,043$3,134$3,228$3,325$15,684
Ownership Cost$12,495$7,177$6,926$8,421$7,306$42,325

All the figures mentioned above are estimated costs.

Warranty

Chevrolet offers a bumper to bumper limited warranty of 36 months/36,000 miles, a Powertrain Limited Warranty of 60 months/60,000 miles, Emission Control System Limited Warranty for the first 24 months/24,000 miles and Roadside Assistance Coverage of 60 months/60,000 miles out of the factory.

2019 Chevy Cargo Van Competition

The 2019 Chevy Cargo Van has 2 main competitors. Ford Transit and 2019 Nissan NV.

2019 Chevy Cargo Van Vs. Ford Transit

The Transit primarily uses a 3.7L V6 engine that churns out 275 hp and 260 lb-ft. and comes paired with a 6-speed SelectShift transmission that is focused on low-end acceleration. The Transit feels refined and a low first gear helps it feel brisk enough around town. The Ford Transit is available with a rear-wheel-drive configuration as standard. The Chevy Cargo Van van, on the other hand, uses a 6L VORTEC V8 rated at 341 horsepower and 374 lb-ft of torque and is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission as standard. The V6 on this feels much more refined than the Transits. In terms of mileage, the Chevy Cargo Van performs well and overshadows the Transit.

2019 Chevy Cargo Van Vs. Nissan NV

The NV offers a choice of two power units, a 4.0-liter V6 producing 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque and a 5.6-liter V8 producing 375 horsepower and 387 lb-ft of torque. Both the vans are available as commercial and passenger models. But the NV offers a high-roof option which is roughly an addition of $2,150 to the 2500 and 3500 models, while the more powerful 5.6L V8 engine adds to the driving dynamics and performance. The driving dynamics of the Nissan are much more comparable to a pickup than a domestic commercial van and it starts at a price of $30,735.

What Do We think About the 2019 Chevy Cargo Van?

The 2019 Chevy Cargo Van Van is truly a legacy of a proper cargo vehicle. As the most powerful van in Chevrolet’s line-up, the Chevy Cargo Van may be aging, but it still has its fanbase, especially among commercial fleet services. Those seeking a better fuel economy without giving up on the power might find the 2.8L 4-Cylinder Duramax turbodiesel a great choice. The Chevy Cargo Van is a basic vehicle made for the sole purpose of hauling stuff and it performs its job impressively. Yes, it might feel outdated in front of its competitors but when you have to tow 10,000 pounds, you need this beast, combined with its massive 6L VORTEC V8 under the hood.

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