Chevrolet’s new compact cargo van, the 2015 Chevrolet City Express, will go on sale this fall with a starting price of $22,950 including destination. Compared with the identical 2014 Nissan NV200 van that starts at $21,150, the Chevrolet costs $1800 more but does not include any additional standard equipment, making us wonder why buyers would spend more for the same van with a Chevrolet badge.
The City Express will be available in two trim levels: base LS and uplevel LT. The LS model comes standard with power windows, solid rear 60/40 split rear cargo doors, a center console that can accommodate file folders, a fold-flat front passengers seat, six D-rings in the cargo area, and various cargo and roof rack mounting points that allow for various configurations. Options include cruise control, Bluetooth, and backup sensors.
Stepping up to the $24,510 2015 Chevrolet City Express LT adds the aforementioned three features, as well as remote keyless entry and heated, power-adjustable side mirrors. This uplevel version does not compare any more favorable with the Nissan on price; even though the NV200’s SV trim has Bluetooth as optional, even with this option added the NV200 only costs $22,580, almost $2000 less than the equivalent City Express. The only option available on the City Express LT is the technology package, which adds a 5.8-inch touchscreen that includes navigation, satellite radio, a USB port, and a backup camera.
All 2015 Chevrolet City Express models are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 131 hp and 139 lb-ft of torque. A continuously variable transmission routes power through the front wheels, and the van has an estimated payload capacity of 1500 lbs. Its 122.7 cubic feet of space is slightly less than the long-wheelbase version of the competing 2014 Ford Transit Connect, but that van has a higher starting price of $23,995.
The 2014 Nissan NV200 may be the best deal among compact cargo vans, though, as it doesn’t give up anything compared with its Chevrolet counterpart and costs much less. We’ll see how things shake out in this market when the 2015 Chevrolet City Express goes on sale this fall.