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2017 Chevrolet City Express Review

By Matt Zimmerman


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2017 Chevrolet City Express

The commercial vehicles have blessed the commerce with the ease of commuting. Every other day a developed commercial vehicle sees the face of the market. Commerce even requires navigation to explore the new chapters of prosperity. But this is only possible if the developed vehicles are available for the business.

The Chevrolet commercial vehicles are famous all across the North America. Alongside, these vehicles are even used in Latin America. Previously Chevrolet was producing just the full-size commercial vans. But that is not what every consumer demands. Some prefer fuel mileage over space. And this is what has been followed in the design of Chevrolet City Express.

The Chevrolet City Express is actually a rebadged version of the Nissan NV200. During the Chicago Auto Show of 2014, the City Express was introduced for the first time. It was launched as the smaller edition of the Chevrolet Express. But later, its growing fame made it an independent model. The City Express was launched in the North American market in the autumn of 2014, as the model for 2015.

Along with the Chevrolet City Express, you can even avail tax reduction. The Chevrolet claims that with the City Express you can avail up to $510,000 of reduction in tax (Conditions Apply). Further, the Chevrolet has a number of offers for the retail and elite business levels. Chevrolet even offers a complete care for 2 years or 24,000 miles.

Well, the Chevrolet City Express is available in two trim levels. The LS is the opening trim while the LT is the upper trim level. The LS is priced as low as $22,405. Now let’s explore the Chevrolet City Express:

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2.0 LCVT131 hp139 lb – ft
0 – 62 MPHTop SpeedBody StyleMPG
9.9s107 mph4-door Van24 city/ 26 highway


Hood of 2017 Chevrolet City Express

The Chevrolet City Express gets the MR20DE Nissan engine. The engine has been detuned for the City Express. Here it is rated at 131 hp of power and 139 lb – ft of torque. Further, a CVT transmission is standard for the City Express. The Chevrolet calls it the Xtronic transmission.

Well, the family cars, hatchbacks, sports and luxury cars are tested on the tracks. But we dared to run the City Express van to run on the local track. In our tests, this van took 9.9 seconds to reach the 0 – 62 mph mark. Further, its track best is 107 mph. While in one of the tests it even reached 108 mph. But this is absolutely fine. It is a van, it does not have to participate in Grand Prix and GT Competitions. It just has to carry the load. But still, it is an underpowered NV200.

Chevrolet claims that the turning diameter of the City Express is 36.7 feet. Our tests even revealed the same. Further, the handling was pretty agile for a city drive. We experienced nice drifts in the alleys. And good bouncy curves were taken neatly. Ultimately, the steering of City Express is designed to ride the urban streets.

Along with that, the braking capabilities of this van are even good. The standard disc brakes ensure a healthy stopping distance for this van. The traction control is standard on all the trim levels.

The City Express is capable of carrying 1,500 pounds of weight. While the curb weight of this van is around 3,200 pounds. Ultimately, it puts around 4,750 pounds of weight on the road.

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2017 Chevrolet City Express Exterior

The Chevrolet City Express and the Nissan NV200 share the same body structure. Actually, the City Express gets the structure of NV200. This van is structured on the Nissan B Platform. It is the stretched version of the platform used for the Nissan sub-compact cars.

The MacPherson Strut is installed in the front suspension. While the rear gets the Multi – stage suspension. The 15-inch steel wheels are standard. While the alloy wheels are available for the City Express LT. The base model gets manually adjustable black side mirrors. While the LT customers enjoy the power adjustable heated mirrors. Even the body colored side mirrors are available for the LT trim.

An appearance package is also available to beautify the design of the City Express. The package adds the chrome grille in the front fascia of this van. Further, it modifies the exterior colors. The DRL is standard for both the trim levels of City Express. Along with that, the headlights have the halogen single-lamps.

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Interior of 2017 Chevrolet City Express

The interior of Chevrolet City Express is comfortable than a number of other commercial vehicles in the market. Most of the vans do not have the bucket seats. But here we get the custom clothed bucket seats. While the adjustment of the seats is manual. You do not get any power adjuster for the seats. Moreover, the seats are spacious. You would not hit your legs and head with the accent. Overall, the City Express offers 122.7 cubic feet of cargo space. It is sufficient to carry the equipment required for working.

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Features of 2017 Chevrolet City Express

The 5.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system is included in the Chevrolet City Express LT. A technology package is available for the LT. This package adds navigation, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and USB ports. Further, the AM/FM Radio with CD-Player and the 2-speakers in the front doors for the music are standard. The center console and driver information cluster display is even standard on both the trim levels. Mobile phone attachment via Bluetooth is standard. Besides, there are no Hi-Fi features available for the Chevrolet City Express.

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2017 Chevrolet City Express Safety

Chevrolet has enabled the City Express with all necessary safety equipment. This van has frontal safety airbags in the front and the door. Further, it has a number of active safety features. But most of them are available only for the LT trim. Tire pressure monitoring and electronic stability control is standard for both the trim levels. While Rear Park assists is available for the LS trim and is standard for the City Express LT.


Ram ProMaster City

The Ram ProMaster City is the closest competitors for the Chevrolet City Express. The ProMaster City ranks better than the City Express because of its better performance. Otherwise, in terms of interior, we rank both the vehicles as same.

The Chevrolet City Express is certainly a good choice for retail business operators. It is cheap, comfortable and has enough space. But its detuned performance is the only catch available in this van.



About Matt Zimmerman

Matt is no stranger to the automotive world, writing about cars since 2008 as a contributor for several huge automotive websites such as Car and Driver, AutoEvolution, Motor1, CarAdvice or MotorTrend. A true fan of everything with wheels, his garage includes a dozen of different cars, including an old BMW M3 and a Tesla Model S. Learn more about GCB's Editorial Process.

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