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2015 Chevrolet City Express – LS FWD 4-Dr Cargo I4 (Base Trim)

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  • City-Friendly Exterior Size
  • Reasonable Fuel Economy
  • Low Base Price
We disliked
  • Cheap Interior Bits
  • Gutless Engine/Transmission Combo
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MSRP
$21,955
MPG
24 / 6
City/Hwy
ENGINE
2.0L I4
HORSE POWER
131 hp
@ 5,200 rpm
TORQUE
139 ft lb
of torque @ 4,900 rpm
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A mechanical twin of the Nissan NV200 compact cargo van, Chevrolet’s brand-new City Express shares many of its flaws and assets with the Nissan. Unique front-end styling does little to differentiate the Chevy from its Japanese twin, but that’s not a bad thing. Compact cargo vans aren’t known for their stylishness, but at least the City Express has big, wide bodysides that are perfect billboards for its owner’s business.
The City Express is ideal for cities, fittingly. With segment-best city fuel economy and a nippy turning circle, the Chevy is a perfect urban runabout or work-truck replacement for many businesses. It has a larger load space than the short-wheelbase Ford Transit Connect (although both lag behind the Ram ProMaster City in cargo volume), and its maximum payload is within a few pounds of some of its competitors.
The biggest liability with the City Express is its underwhelming 131hp 2.0L I-4, saddled with a droning CVT transmission. Although the combination helps with efficiency at city speeds, once on the highway, the Chevy is only capable of mustering 26 mpg, noticeably behind its Ford and Ram rivals.
Still, this is a work van that’s ideal for urban and suburban duties. As such, it’s fair to expect loads of space and good maneuverability, and the performance sacrifice is reasonable. For those who need a compact van (or seven) to handle work-vehicle duties around town, the City Express could be perfect.

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With the success of the Ford Transit Connect and more models coming, General Motors decided it wanted an entry in the small but growing compact-van segment. The seemingly obvious answer would be to bring over one of its Opel models. The rub is, the Opel small van sold in Europe is based on the Fiat Doblo, which itself will be the basis for the upcoming Ram ProMaster City. Awkward… Fortunately, Nissan was open to the idea of a partnership, and had spare capacity at its Cuernavaca, Mexico, plant to build a few extra vans. So, voila, problem solved, and how the 2015 Chevrolet City Express came to be.
If the City Express looks familiar, that's because it's for all intents and purposes identical to the Nissan NV200, which has been on sale since 2013. That means the same 115.2-inch wheelbase, 186.3-inch length, 122.7-cubic-foot cargo volume, and 131-hp 2.0-liter I-4 and CVT automatic transmission. Unlike the Ford Transit Connect, which for 2014 will be offered in two lengths, with the choice of two powertrains, and two-, five-, or seven-passenger configurations with the choice of a upward-swinging rear hatch or side-hinged "barn doors," the City Express comes in one configuration: two-seat cargo van with rear barn doors. Buyers do get a choice between entry LS and "upscale" LT trims. All City Express models get power windows, with Bluetooth handsfree calling rearview camera and navigation optional as part of the LT Technology package.
Pricing for the 2015 Chevrolet City Express has not yet been announced, but the NV200 currently starts at $21,100 including $860 destination and handling. Expect starting prices for the City Express to be within a few hundred of that total.
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$21,955
24 / 6
2.0L I4
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