“Climb into the driver's seat, however, and it's clear that Nissan -- and, by extension, Chevrolet -- made the van's driving experience just right. Yes, it feels like a van, considering that its dynamics and its acceleration aren't exactly carlike, but it feels more like a car than any full-size van that we've ever driven. Admittedly, it's a little slow -- especially under a full load -- as 131 hp isn't much in today's automotive world, but that's the price you pay for 25 mpg in combined driving, which is a world better than the full-size Express. We're a little dismayed by the City Express's cargo capacity. Standing at just under 123 [cubic] ft., it's more than most drivers will ever need, but for commercial businesses trying to deliver goods, it may not be enough.” -- AutoTrader.com
Chevy City Express: Just enough to deliver the goods
“Power for the 2015 City Express comes from a standard 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that mates with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to eke out 131 hp and 139 lb-ft of torque. Yeah, that’s a lot less oomph than is found in the Transit Connect, but the City Express does feature EPA mileage estimates of 24 mpg city/26 highway. Although both vans are designed for economy in big-city traffic, the aptly labeled City Express boasts a better mileage rating than its blue-oval competitor in town.
“Adornments are few for this introductory Chevy minivan, with the base LS sporting 15-inch steel wheels, cloth upholstery, power windows, manual air conditioning and an AM/FM stereo with 2 speakers. The LT, meanwhile, adds a few extra bells and whistles in tacking on standard remote keyless entry, cruise control, rear parking sensors, auxiliary audio input and Bluetooth hands-free calling. Oh, and the 2015 City Express also beats the Ford with its standard sliding cargo doors on both sides.” -- cargurus.com
“The City Express path is a shortcut to gain access to this growing market segment without a huge investment in a new platform or assembly line. Nissan’s NV200 is the ideal candidate for a shared model because it offers federalized engines and crash structures, yet can also be sold globally with a variety of tiny gasoline and diesel engines.
“As catchy as the old ‘badge engineering’ description is, it does not really apply in this case across the two unrelated companies. This is more like R&D engineering, or supply chain engineering – a rapid way to get this car into dealers with a Chevy badge without any of the risks associated with a years-long, multi-billion-dollar engineering program to build one from scratch.” -- topspeed.com
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