2019 Chevrolet Express vs. 2019 Nissan NV Passenger

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Chevrolet Express are height-adjustable, and the middle and rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Nissan NV Passenger doesn’t offer comfort guides on its middle or rear seat belts.

The Express has standard child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The NV Passenger doesn’t offer child safety locks.

The Express offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The NV Passenger doesn't offer a collision warning system.

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

The Express has standard OnStar®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The NV Passenger doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Express and the NV Passenger 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

The Express’ corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the NV Passenger’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Chevrolet pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Express. Chevrolet will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance in the first year. Nissan doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the NV Passenger.

There are almost 3 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Nissan dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Express’ warranty.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Express has a standard 150-amp alternator (220-amp - Express optional). The NV Passenger’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 10th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 10th.

Engine

The Express’ standard 4.3 V6 produces 15 more horsepower (276 vs. 261) and 17 lbs.-ft. more torque (298 vs. 281) than the NV Passenger’s standard 4.0 DOHC V6.

The Express’ 2.8 turbo diesel produces 88 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 281) than the NV Passenger’s standard 4.0 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Express has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the NV Passenger (31 vs. 28 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Chevrolet Express, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the NV Passenger.

Suspension and Handling

The Express has standard front gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The NV Passenger’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

Chassis

The Chevrolet Express may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 750 pounds less than the Nissan NV Passenger.

The Express 2500 135” WB is 1 foot, 4.5 inches shorter than the NV Passenger, making the Express easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Express 3500 155” WB offers optional seating for 15 passengers; the NV Passenger can only carry 12.

The Express 2500 135” WB has 4.9 inches more front hip room, 3.1 inches more front shoulder room and 2.4 inches more rear legroom than the NV Passenger.

Cargo Capacity

The Express 3500 155” WB’s cargo area provides more volume than the NV Passenger.

 

Express

NV Passenger

Max Cargo Volume

252.8 cubic feet

218.9 cubic feet

The Express’ cargo area is larger than the NV Passenger’s in almost every dimension:

 

Express 2500 135” WB

Express 3500 155” WB

NV Passenger

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

57.4”/89.4”/126.2”

77.5”/109.4”/146”

51.7”/86.1”/120.7”

Max Width

61.5”

61.5”

64.4”

Min Width

50.4”

50.4”

52.1”

Height

51.8”

51.8”

51.3”

Payload and Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Nissan NV Passenger is limited to 8700 pounds. The Express 2500 135” WB offers up to a 9400 lbs. towing capacity.

The Express 3500 155” WB has a much higher standard payload capacity than the NV Passenger (3164 vs. 2800 lbs.).

The Express 3500 135” WB has a much higher optional payload capacity than the NV Passenger (3566 vs. 2800 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

The Express offers an optional under hood light to help in making nighttime maintenance checks, adding fluids, etc. The NV Passenger doesn’t offer an under hood light.

The Express has a maintenance-free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The NV Passenger doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

The Express offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The NV Passenger doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The engine computer on the Express automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The NV Passenger’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

The Express’ standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows cost extra on the NV Passenger.

The Express’ standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over, or reaching to the back seat. Power locks cost extra on the NV Passenger.

The Express has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The NV Passenger doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

The Express’ optional power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The NV Passenger’s power mirror controls are on the dash where they are possibly hidden by the steering wheel and are awkward to manipulate.

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The Chevrolet Express outsold the Nissan NV by almost five to one during 2018.

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