Greene Ford Compares 2017 Ford Transit Van VS 2017 Chevrolet Express Near Buford, GA

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2017 Ford Transit Van

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2017 Chevrolet Express

Safety Comparison

The Transit Van’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Express Cargo doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Transit Van’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Express Cargo doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Transit Van uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The Express Cargo uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Transit Van and the Express Cargo have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available daytime running lights and rear parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

The Transit Van’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Express Cargo’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Transit Van have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engines in the Express Cargo.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Transit Van has larger alternators than the Express Cargo:


Transit Van

Express Cargo

Standard Alternator

150 amps

105 amps

Optional Alternator

210 amps

150 amps

Engine Comparison

The Transit Van’s optional 3.5 turbo V6 produces 27 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 373) than the Express Cargo’s optional 6.0 V8.

The Transit Van’s 3.2 turbo diesel produces 55 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 295) than the Express Cargo’s standard 4.8 V8.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Transit Van has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Express Cargo doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Transit Van’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Express Cargo’s standard 75 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For much better steering response and tighter handling the Transit Van has rack and pinion steering, like Formula race cars, instead of the recirculating-ball type steering of the Express Cargo.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Transit 150 LWB’s wheelbase is 12.6 inches longer than on the Express Cargo 2500 135” WB (147.6 inches vs. 135 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Transit Van’s turning circle is tighter than the Express Cargo’s:


Transit Van

Express Cargo


48 feet

49.2 feet

Extended Van

47.8 feet

54.5 feet

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Transit Van may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 350 pounds less than the Chevrolet Express Cargo.

Unibody construction makes the Transit Van’s chassis much stiffer, which contributes to better handling, and enables softer springs to be used for a better ride. Unibody construction’s stiffness also contributes to better durability and less body squeaks and rattles. The Express Cargo doesn’t use unibody construction, but a body-on-frame design.

For excellent aerodynamics, the Transit Van has standard flush composite headlights. The Express Cargo has sealed beam headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Transit 150 LWB has 1 inch more front headroom and 2 inches more front hip room than the Express Cargo 2500 135” WB.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Transit 150 LWB has a much larger cargo area than the Express Cargo 2500 135” WB (277.7 vs. 239.7 cubic feet).

The Transit 250 LWB-E has a much larger cargo area than the Express Cargo 2500 155” WB (487.2 vs. 284.4 cubic feet).

The Transit Van’s cargo area is larger than the Express Cargo’s in almost every dimension:


Transit 150


Transit 250


Express Cargo 2500

135” WB

Express Cargo 2500

155” WB






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Ergonomics Comparison

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Transit Van has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Express Cargo doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Transit Van’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Express Cargo doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its extra cost OnStar® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Transit Van has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Express Cargo doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Transit Van’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Express Cargo’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Transit Van has standard power remote mirrors. The Express Cargo only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The Transit Van offers optional heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the Express Cargo.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Transit outsold the Chevrolet Express by over two to one during the 2016 model year.

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