The 2012 Chevrolet Express 1500 Passenger Van lives up to its billing as a van that can do it all. Many vehicles claim that moniker, but this model delivers. It can outdo the largest SUVs in terms of transporting passengers, as it can carry up to fifteen people at one time. In hauling capability, it has 285 cubic feet of storage volume, enabling it to carry a whole lot of equipment, making this a great vehicle for a business with many office outlets. With all of these capabilities, you can imagine that Chevy provides a ton of options for this model, which it does.
While you don’t expect a van to be too stylish, this van has high taillights, truck-like wheels, and rounded corners. The grille is very reminiscent of Chevrolet’s big pickup trucks. You have the choice of split or sliding swing-out side doors, along with split rear doors with or without windows. Otherwise, this van is very similar to other Chevy vans that have been manufactured for the past forty years.
As with the exterior, the interior looks very similar to other trucks and cars in the Chevy line, especially those from the 2000s. Its basic form involves a 2-person rig that has a large metal cave supporting the front bucket seats. Its cargo bay can be accentuated with such upgrades as flip-up access panels, enabling people to get access to the rack-mounted tools inside without stepping foot inside. The Express Passenger Van model includes additional options to add to its luxury factor, including rear air conditioning, Bluetooth, additional seating, and power windows.
The standard version includes air conditioning, vinyl upholstery and flooring, a V6 engine, and non-powered exterior mirrors. You also get dual front airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, and stability control. Optional equipment includes door locks, power windows, Bluetooth connectivity, side-curtain airbags, and OnStar’s most current operating system.
The standard 4.3-liter V6 engine is a great choice if you’re looking for the best fuel economy, but if you’re wanting more muscle and hauling power, one of the four V8 options will serve you well. These include the 310-horsepower 5.3-liter V8, the 6.0-liter V8, and the 6.6-liter Duramax diesel V8. The Duramax option is especially powerful, as it can provide 525 lb-ft of torque. Pair that up with the 3500 model, and the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) is 9,900 pounds, resulting in a tow rating of 9,700 pounds.
Therefore, the 2012 Chevrolet Express can provide you with the capability of transporting up to fifteen people at a time or carrying a large amount of cargo and equipment. The latter is especially true when you combine this vehicle with one of four V8 engines, including a very strong Duramax engine that is capable of hauling almost anything. Easy access to this vehicle via optional flip-up access panels makes getting equipment out of it a breeze. Whether for business or personal matters, the 2012 Chevy Express can get the job done.
Check out all of the Chevrolet Express models to find the best model for your particular needs.