Pros: Huge interior; mechanically simple; reasonably priced
Cons: Outdated inside and out; gas mileage could be better
What's New: The Savana Cargo is unchanged for the 2014 model year.
There are two ways you can get a 2014 GMC Savana: in Passenger form, which is offered with seating for up to 15 people, or in Cargo guise. Cargo models include only two front seats. Think of the rest of the van as an enclosed pickup bed capable of hauling just about anything. This overview applies to the Savana Cargo.
The 2014 GMC Savana Cargo comes in three grades. There's a base-level Savana 1500, which is only offered in the standard wheelbase size. For bigger engines and a higher payload or towing capacity, drivers can step up to the Savana 2500 and 3500. Those models boast a tougher chassis, more power and an available extended wheelbase.
Drivers who opt for the Savana 1500 can choose between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Savana 1500 models feature a standard 195-horsepower 4.3-liter V6, while a 310-hp 5.3-liter V8 is optional.
For those who want more grunt, the Savana 2500 and 3500 come standard with a 280-hp 4.8-liter V8. Two engines are optional: a 6.0-liter V8 that makes 323 hp and -- exclusive to the 3500 -- a 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8 that makes 260 hp and 525 lb-ft of torque. While Savana 2500 and 3500 models only offer rear-wheel drive, they come in two sizes: regular length and extended length. Regular models can carry around 240 cu ft of cargo, while the extended-length Savana offers 284.4 cu ft.
Inside a Savana Cargo, you'll find few frills. Standard features include only simple items such as a radio and air conditioning, while base models don't even include power windows. However, many features are available on the Savana's options list, including a navigation system, a rearview camera and parking assist.
A base-level 2014 GMC Savana Cargo starts around $28,500 with shipping. Figure on about $30,000 to start for a Savana 2500 Cargo, or $33,000 for a Savana 3500 Cargo. Rivals include the Ford E-Series, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, the Nissan NV and the RAM ProMaster. Alternatively, drivers can also check out the Chevrolet Express, which is mechanically identical to the Savana.