The City Express is offered in a single body style that stretches 183.3 inches long, 68.1 inches wide and 73.7 inches tall, dimensions that make it roughly the same size as a long-wheelbase Ford Transit Connect. The compact dimensions give it a tight 36.7-foot turning radius.
Inside, the van boasts 122.7 cubic feet of cargo space that can be configured in a wide variety of ways depending on what job it is used for. The cargo area is accessed via a sliding door on either side or through a set of 40/60-split rear doors that open at up to 180 degrees. 20 tie-down hooks help secure cargo.
The City Express is only equipped with two seats and Chevrolet is not currently planning on adding a passenger-carrying model to its lineup. The van features a simple, function-over-form interior with numerous storage bins and a passenger seatback that folds flat to reveal a tray table.
Under the Hood
The City Express is exclusively available with a Nissan-sourced 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that churns out 131 horsepower at 5,200 rpms and 139 lb-ft. of torque at 4,900 rpms, enough to give the van a 1,500-pound payload.
Power is sent to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The City Express returns 24 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, netting a combined rating of 25 mpg.
Trim Level Breakdown
Chevrolet offers the City Express in LS and LT trim levels.
LS models comes standard with manual A/C, an AM/FM stereo with a CD player, a 12-volt auxiliary power outlet, cloth-upholstered seats, daytime running lights, power windows, 15-inch steel wheels and front disc brakes.
Selecting the LT trim level adds a second 12-volt outlet and a host of convenience features like cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, backup sensors, remote keyless entry and heated, power-adjustable doors mirrors.
LT models can be ordered with an optional Technology Package consisting of a 5.8-inch color touch screen, navigation, a multi-function steering wheel, XM satellite radio and a rear-view camera.
Both trim levels come standard with dual front, front-side and curtain airbags, electronic stability control and a tire pressure monitoring system.
Additionally, the City Express inevitably faces competition from the Nissan NV200 that it shares the bulk of its components with.