Just-right capability; huge interior; spacious and covered cargo area
Not the most contemporary or efficient van; dated compared to GMC's pickup, SUV and crossover lineups
The Savana 2500 receives only minor changes for 2015, including a newly standard OnStar telematics system, a standard auxiliary port for music and an optional USB port -- also for music.
We'd equip the 8-passenger Savana 2500 with the optional 6.0-liter V8. We'd then add just enough comfort and convenience accessories (navigation, the convenience package with power windows and locks, the heavy-duty trailering package, parking sensors and a backup camera) to make it livable for a 3-week grand tour and beyond. With room for everything that a family of four or five could possibly carry, the Savana would make an excellent base camp or a great tow vehicle for that Boston Whaler. And you'd be out the door for well under $40,000. Find a GMC Savana 2500 for sale
Like its Chevrolet Express mechanical twin, the 2015 GMC Savana 2500 is offered in two distinct models: a Cargo van with no rear seats and a Passenger van with seats. Cargo models come in only one trim, while the Savana Passenger is separated into LS and upscale LT models.
Choose the Savana 2500 Cargo ($30,500), and you should only expect the basics: vinyl seating, manual air conditioning, an AM/FM stereo with a new-for-2015 auxiliary port and little else. That's right: no CD player, no OnStar system and no power accessories. With that said, drivers who want those items can order them from the options list.
Step up to a Savana LS ($33,000), and you add a few more items: Most notably, the extra features include seats, but the Savana LS also adds power door locks and cruise control to the Cargo model's basic equipment list.
Topping the Savana range is the LT ($35,100), which adds cloth upholstery, a compass, remote keyless entry, rear air conditioning and exterior chrome accents.
In addition to the vans' standard equipment, GMC offers a long list of options. They range from simple items such as power mirrors and windows to upscale features such as a reversing camera, a navigation system and rear park assist. Shoppers can also choose between rear- and all-wheel drive and must decide which of the van's three engines they'd prefer.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Maintenance||2 Years/24,000 Miles|
GMC Yukon XL -- If you're looking for a large vehicle with a lot of seats, the most obvious competitor to the full-size Savana is in the same showroom. A Yukon XL will seat up to eight, and although it doesn't deliver the Savana's sheer volume, it tops the van in comfort and over-the-road demeanor.
Ford Transit -- Ford's all-new full-size van is also offered in cargo and passenger configurations, but unlike the Savana, it boasts several fuel-efficient engine choices, modern driving dynamics and high-tech optional extras.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter -- The Sprinter offers impressive capability and efficiency in a considerably more modern package than the Savana 2500, but it's also more expensive.
RAM ProMaster -- RAM's latest take on the full-size van offers huge capability, whether you're hauling people or large items. With diesel engines and European design, fuel economy is also much better than the Savana's figures.