Cargo vans are the unsung heroes of the business world, but like any vehicle, not all cargo vans are created equal. So, let's see how the latest 2018 Ford Transit fares in a head-to-head comparison with that old favorite, the Chevy Express.
How They Look: 2018 Ford Transit
A cargo van is a public representation of your business, so how it looks has got to be a consideration for most buyers. Smaller, car-like models such as the Transit Connect and City Express are gaining in popularity, but there's still a huge roll for the larger Transit and Express models to play. Unfortunately for the Chevy, the design of the Express has gone pretty much unchanged for as long as most of us can remember and it's starting to show. If you had a 10-year-old model in as-new condition it would be hard to tell it from a brand new one. On the other hand, Ford regularly updates the Transit and that includes how the Transit looks. The 2018 model is no Mustang, but this Ford is about as modern and attractive as a cargo van can be and easily wins over the Chevy Express in the style stakes.
Versatility and Configurations: 2018 Ford Transit
The Express is available in Regular and Extended versions of the 2500 and 3500 with 135 and 155-inch wheelbases, and then there's the choice between a standard 4.3-liter gas V-6 and a 6.0-liter V-8 diesel engine. That's a decent amount of variation, but with three engines, three roof heights, three body lengths, two seats and three wheelbases there's a Transit for every application, and that means another easy win for the Ford.
Capability: 2018 Ford Transit
Cargo vans by their very nature have to transport stuff, and often lots of it. The smallest amount of cargo volume to be found in a Transit is a useful 246.7 cu.-ft., but at the other end of the scale the most volume available with the front passenger seat removed is a cavernous 542.2 cu.-ft. The Chevy doesn't go as compact as the Transit with a smallest capacity of 270.4 cu.-ft., and the most the Express can carry is way short of the Ford at a very modest 313.9 cu.-ft., and that is going to matter. The Transit can also handle a payload of up to 4,650, which is once again more than the 4,311-pound best of the Chevy and hands another victory to the Ford.
Pricing: 2018 Chevy Express
Considering the longstanding nature of the Chevy, it wouldn't be out of order to assume the Express would be cheaper than the more modern Transit, and it is. However, with MSRPs for the Transit starting at $32,380, the Express is only just over a thousand dollars cheaper in its cheapest form. Even so, a win is a win.
This is a rare occasion where there's really no competition. The 2018 Ford Transit is a global icon of a cargo van and closer examination of the Transit next to the ageing Chevy Express illustrates just how modern and superior the Ford is to the Chevy.