Chevy Express: Good on space; not so good on gas
The Chevy Express 3500 van accommodates up to 12 people (including the driver). It has a room 30 gallon gas tank and gets, on average, about 14.5 mpg. The Express van is a rear-wheel drive vehicle, which makes it less than ideal for winter driving, but the vehicle's weight and size offsets some of the maneuverability disadvantages. The Express features three removable bench seats in the back and two bucket seats in the front. The bench seats are fairly easy to remove from the van by pulling the metal pins that hold it to the van's floor and carrying them out the back or side doors, which is great for expanding the mediocre cargo space that's available when all the seats are in place. The 2006 model does not have head rests in the back seat, which we don't prefer, as taller passengers are more at risk of neck injuries in the event of a road accident. The Express van has double doors in the back, and the seam of the doors runs right down the middle of the rear window, obstructing the rear view. In fact, the van has several blind spots due, in part, to its size, and in part to the shape and locations of windows. Backing out of parking spaces is difficult due to the visibility issues. As far as performance goes, the Chevy Express contains a v8 engine with lots of get-up-and-go (as long as you're ok with burning gas faster). The Express van could do with more storage space and more cup holders, but all in all, if you're needing passenger space, it's a reliable van that gets you where you're going. Just brace yourself for the gas bill.