2018 Chevrolet Express Prices: MSRP vs Dealer Invoice vs True Dealer Cost
MSRP Invoice Price Destination Fee Holdback Dealer Cost
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What's New For 2018?
A few major changes have been made to the 2018 Chevrolet Express. The 4.8-L V8 base engine has been replaced by a 4.3-L V6, and a 6.0-L V8 has been added into the mix. The 6.0-L can be fueled by E85. The base engine and the 4-cylinder diesel now come with a standard 8-speed automatic transmission. There are a few new color options available, and hill start assist and a side blind zone alert function are now standard on all trims. 4G LTE with WiFi is also standard on the cargo van and cutaway.
The 2018 Chevrolet Express is a full-size van that comes in three distinct body styles - the passenger van, the cargo van, and the cutaway. It comes as either a 2500 or 3500 load rating, and the 3500 can be ordered with the optional longer wheelbase.
There are two main trim levels available on the 2018 Chevrolet Express. The base trim is known as the LS, and it receives power from the new 4.3-L V6 engine, which gets 276 hp (which is a slight downgrade from the 285 hp that the old 4.8-L V8 generated). The LS rides atop 16-inch wheels and features power locks and windows, OnStar telematics, and air conditioning. The 3500 comes with standard cruise control and a steering wheel that is tilt-only; these options can be added to the LS 2500. The line-topping trim is known as the LT, and it, too, is equipped with the 4.3-L on both the 2500 and 3500. The LT adds numerous upgrades, including remote locking abilities, air conditioning for the rear, and chrome bumpers for both the front and rear of the Express. The two optional powertrain configurations can be slapped onto any of the body styles.
The 2018 Chevrolet Express is a mixed bag when it comes to driving performance, and its cons tend to lead to it getting passed over for competitors that offer higher roof configurations. Even the newer engine options feel somewhat dated and really do not provide the van with enough get-up-and-go power. The 6-speed automatic transmission does help the vehicle run smoothly and doesn't spend time searching for gears. However, this van is big and bulky, so steering and handling can be a chore. The van is difficult to wiggle into a tight parking spot. Also, if you get the cargo van, you might notice that there are not a ton of ties in the cargo area (which is pretty spacious) to tie down cargo.
Since full-sized commercial vans like the Express are not given EPA ratings, there are no exact numbers for its fuel economy. However, real-world tests have shown that the outgoing 2017 Express got 13 mpg combined (11 city/16 highway). The Ford Transit gets several more mpg, and the Express gets about the same fuel economy as the GMC Savana.
The 2018 Chevy Express is still in need of a major overhaul. Still, Chevy is seemingly trying to do more to update this full-sized van and provides a relatively smooth ride with plenty of cargo space.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
- Example: Base Chevrolet Express invoice price + the dealer Invoice price of options + destination - Holdback = Total Dealer Cost.
- What is Holdback? A hidden amount that manufacturers give back to a dealer. It is a percentage of the MSRP or the Invoice price.
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here.)
Note: All Chevrolet Express MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.