Following is a review of 2013 light-duty vans.
Chevrolet Express/GMC Savana
The Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans add a handful of technological options for 2013, but otherwise enter the model year unchanged.
New for 2013 are a navigation radio, rear vision camera and ultrasonic rear park assist.
In vehicles equipped with the navigation radio, the view from the rear camera is displayed on the radio screen. In vans without the radio, the view is shown in the rearview mirror.
Those are two of the five available engines. The base engine for the 1500 is a 4.3-liter V-6 (195 horsepower/260 pound-feet of torque). Standard power in heavier vans are 4.8-liter V-8 (280/295) and 5.3-liter V-8 (310/334). A FlexFuel E85 version of the 5.3-liter engine is also available that delivers the same horsepower and torque as gasoline variants. The 6.0-liter V-8 (324/373) offers a fast-idle option so the engine can be used to power accessories at a work site. A version of this engine that is offered with hardened valve seats is available for natural gas operation. The 2500- and 3500-series vans can tow up to 10,000 pounds.