Author: Steve Allen |

The 2016 Chevrolet City Express matches maneuverability and cargo-hauling flexibility with efficiency, giving urban commercial business owners and fleet managers value-driven capability with lower operating costs than full-size vans.

2016 Chevrolet City Express © General Motors

2016 Chevrolet City Express © General Motors

It offers 122.7 cubic feet (3,474 liters) of customizable cargo space, a tight turning diameter of only 36.7 feet (11.2 meters) and a payload capacity of 1,500 pounds (680 kg). It also delivers greater fuel efficiency than full-size vans, thanks to its smaller size and a 2.0L inline-four-cylinder engine with continuously variable valve timing.

The City Express – offered in LS and LT trims – is based on the Nissan NV200, which GM procures from Nissan and distributes through Chevrolet’s network of 3,200 dealers.

2016 Chevrolet City Express © General Motors

2016 Chevrolet City Express © General Motors

Standard features include dual rear sliding doors, power windows, 40/60 split rear cargo doors that open 90 and 180 degrees, solid rear doors with available tinted-glass windows, center console storage with a standard file folder bin, fold-down mobile workspace passenger seat, 20 interior cargo-mounting points, six floor-mounted D-rings, six exterior roof rack mounting points, vinyl flooring, a 150-amp alternator and a 12-volt power outlet.

2016 Chevrolet City Express © General Motors

2016 Chevrolet City Express © General Motors

The LS model adds standard features including cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity and backup sensors. Remote keyless entry with an automatic locking feature and heated, power-adjustable outside mirrors are standard on the LT.

Versatile and well-equipped

2016 Chevrolet City Express © General Motors

2016 Chevrolet City Express © General Motors

The City Express’s all-important cargo area is designed for one thing: Function. In addition to its 122.7 cubic feet of cargo room, the space is designed to accommodate large and bulky items, with 4’6” of space from side wall to side wall. That’s more than enough room to load a standard 40” x 48” pallet flat on the floor.

There’s also 6’10” of room from the rear doors to the back of the front seats, and when the passenger seat is folded, the length for longer items grows to 9’8”. The tops of the rear wheel houses are flat, too, to enable tiered storage when a platform is used on them.

2016 Chevrolet City Express © General Motors

2016 Chevrolet City Express © General Motors

The tall rear doors are a 40/60-split design, with the 60-percent side on the right (curb) side for easy access from a sidewalk. The 40-percent left-side door is shorter, reducing its potential intrusion into the street when open. Both rear doors feature dual opening positions of 90 degrees and 180 degrees, while the standard sliding left- and right-hand side doors are designed for low effort.

2016 Chevrolet City Express © General Motors

2016 Chevrolet City Express © General Motors

City Express also offers driver- and passenger-side sliding door windows and windows for the rear doors.

As a mobile work environment, the City Express’s interior blends functionality with comfort and convenience. The driver’s seat is mounted in a high, “commanding” position for excellent outward visibility. A six-way-adjustable seat with manual lumbar and armrest is designed for durability with an outboard vinyl wear patch. The passenger’s seat is a four-way-adjustable design. Height-adjustable front seat head restraints and front door map pockets are also standard. The passenger seat slide travel is nearly 9.5 inches that can make more room for cargo.

2016 Chevrolet City Express © General Motors

2016 Chevrolet City Express © General Motors

The center console features laptop/hanging file folder storage, a pen/pencil tray, CD holder and dual cupholders. Recessed storage areas on the upper instrument panel are designed for folders and documents. A convenient sliding drawer for additional storage is located under the passenger seat. Also, the passenger seat folds down to serve as a worktop or lunch table – and it extends the cargo space for hauling longer items such as pipe or lumber. The durable 15×13-inch tray built into the seatback accommodates most laptops.

2016 Chevrolet City Express © General Motors

2016 Chevrolet City Express © General Motors

Additional features:

  • Twenty integrated cargo-mounting points throughout the interior
  • Six floor-mounted D-rings
  • Six exterior roof rack mounting points
  • Standard vinyl floor throughout
  • Standard solid rear doors with tinted-glass windows and rear defogger available
  • Standard power windows
  • Power door locks standard on LT
  • Standard driver information center with fuel range, average speed, oil life, tire pressure monitoring, fuel used, ice warning, engine hours, average fuel economy, tachometer, outside temperature display and maintenance reminders
  • Additional 12-volt power outlet standard on LT
  • Remote keyless entry with automatic locking feature standard on LT
  • Heated, power-adjustable outside mirrors standard on LT
  • Cruise control standard on LT (available on LS)
  • Backup sensors standard on LT (available on LS).

A Technology package available on LT models includes a 5.8-inch touch screen, navigation, Sirius/XM Satellite Radio (with free trial period), upgraded Bluetooth phone connectivity, a USB input and a rearview camera system.

Bluetooth connectivity is standard on LS models.

Under the hood

2016 Chevrolet City Express © General Motors

2016 Chevrolet City Express © General Motors

The City Express’s DOHC 2.0L inline-four engine with variable valve timing is rated at 131 horsepower (98 kW) and 139 lb-ft of torque (188 Nm). It drives the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission that contributes to efficiency by optimizing torque delivery across the rpm band.

A body-integral chassis is designed to provide a balance of strength and low mass that enhances efficiency and the feeling of performance. A MacPherson-strut suspension is located in the front and there’s a truck-style multi-leaf rear suspension. Other chassis features include 15-inch wheels, front disc brakes and efficiency-enhancing electric power steering.

Four-wheel anti-lock brakes and electronic brake-force distribution are standard, as is an electronic stability control system.

The City Express also comes with six standard airbags: dual-stage frontal air bags, side-impact supplemental air bags and roof-mounted curtain air bags for side-impact and rollover protection.

Chevrolet offers City Express with excellent coverage:

  • Three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty
  • Five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty
  • Chevrolet’s Complete Care two-year/24,000-mile scheduled maintenance
  • Certain types of commercial and government fleet customers receive the 5-year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty.

Importantly, the City Express is serviced at all of the 3,200 Chevy dealerships across the United States – the largest dealer network in the country.


Recommended retail price (MSRP) starts from $21,955



Chevrolet City Express

Body style / driveline:

small van, front-engine/front-wheel drive


body-frame integral

EPA vehicle class:


Key competitors:

Ford Transit Connect, RAM Promaster City

Manufacturing location:

Cuernavaca, Mexico



2.0L DOHC I-4

Displacement (cu in / cc):

122 / 1997

Bore and stroke (in / mm):

3.31 x 3.55 / 84 x 90.1

Block material:

cast aluminum

Cylinder head material:

cast aluminum


dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder

Ignition system:

coil on plug

Fuel delivery:

sequential multi-port fuel injection

Compression ratio:


Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm):

131 / 98 @ 5200

Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):

139 / 188 @ 4800

Max engine speed (rpm):


Recommended fuel:

regular unleaded

Emissions controls:

three-way catalytic converter; PCV, evaporative collection system

EPA fuel economy (city/hwy):




Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

Gear ratio range: (:1)






Final drive ratio:


Chassis and Suspension


MacPherson strut with coil-over spring; twin-tube dampers and stabilizer bar


solid axle with multi-leaf springs, twin-tube shock absorbers

Steering type:

electric power-assisted, variable-ratio rack-and-pinion

Steering ratio:


Steering wheel turns, lock-to-lock:


Turning circle, curb-to-curb

(ft / m):

36.7 / 11.2



front vented discs and rear drums, with stability control system that includes anti-lock, brake assist system and electronic brake force distribution

Brake rotor diameter x thickness

(in / mm):

11.14 x 1.10 / 283 x 28

Drum diameter (in / mm) :

9 / 228

Tires and Wheels


15 x 5.5-in steel (std.)

15 x 5.5-in aluminum (available on LT)





Wheelbase (in / mm):

115.2 / 2925

Overall length (in / mm):

186.3 / 4732

Overall width (in / mm):

68.1 / 1730

Overall height (in / mm):

73.7 / 1872 

Approach angle (degrees):


Departure angle (degrees):


Track (in / mm):

front: 60 / 1524

rear: 59.8 / 1519

Curb weight (lb / kg):

3252 / 1475

Minimum ground clearance

(in. / mm):

front: 6.5 / 164

rear: 6.1 / 155

Step-in height (in / mm):

front doors: 14.8 / 376

sliding side doors: 19.2 / 488

Cargo area lift-over height

(in / mm):

21.1 / 536


Seating capacity:


Headroom (in / mm):

41.7 / 1059

Legroom (in / mm):

42.6 / 1082

Shoulder room (in / mm):

54.1 / 1374

Hip room (in / mm):

51.3 / 1303

Cargo area length (in / mm):

82.8 / 2103

Cargo area width (in / mm):

54.8 / 1392 (wall to wall)

48 / 1219 (between wheelhousings)

Cargo area height (in / mm):

53 / 1346

Passenger volume (cu ft / L) :

55.6 / 1574

Cargo volume (cu ft / L):

122.7 / 3475


Fuel tank (gal / L):

14.5 / 54.9

Engine oil (qt / L):

5 / 4.7

Cooling system (qt / L):

8 / 7.5

Curb weight (lb / kg):

3270 / 1483 – LS

3273 / 1484 – LT

Maximum payload (lb / kg):

1500 / 680

GVWR (lb / kg):

4751 / 2155

4.2 Out of 5