Chevy, Ford, Ram: Big Doings In Small Vans

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And Chevy makes three: the City Express hits the showrooms in this year’s fourth quarter, and it joins Ford’s Transit Connect and Ram’s ProMaster City in the increasingly competitive small-van market.

Actually, Chevy makes four: the City Express is a rebadged Nissan NV200, which allows this Mexican-made van to be distributed through the Chevrolet’s sprawling dealer network.  That’s good news for van buyers who don’t want the gas bills of a of full-sized van; in whatever form it borrows, more choice is rarely a bad thing.

The City Express enters what looks to be a healthy market, with Ford bragging about the Transit Connect’s growing sales –  up 27 percent for the three-month period ending July 31, compared to the same period last year. Up 34 percent is the Transit Connect Wagon, the consumer version which Ford hashtags as the #unminivan.


And Ram is ready to go with its ProMaster City, in guises of pure utility…


…and business casual.


All these vans have four cylinders and front-wheel drive. Chevy (and Nissan) claim mileage figures that aren’t much different between city and highway; it gets only two mpg less than the highway rating of 26, for 25 mpg overall. Not bad for a van with 122.7 cubic feet of space. That’s about half the volume of a full-sized van, but that space sits in a tidy overall length of 186.3 inches, which is just four inches longer than a Corolla’s.

Chevy hasn’t kept up with the sweeping changes in the van market. It’s the last to offer a traditional full-sized van, the Express…


…while Ford has finally let go of its ubiquitous Econoline E-series…


…in favor of the multi-sized  Transit.


As we said, more choice is rarely a bad thing, and the new City Express sitting alongside its legacy brethren keeps GM in the game.

Tell us in the comments – what do you think of this new wave of vans?




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