Affordability; large covered cargo area
Not the most contemporary van; inefficient engines; sloppy driving dynamics; dated compared to GMC's pickup, SUV and crossover lineup
The Savana 2500 now includes standard 12-passenger seating in passenger models, replacing last year's standard 8-passenger seating. The van also adds built-in Wi-Fi and a revised infotainment system for 2016.
We'd shop the competition, but if we had to choose a Savana, we'd opt for an entry-level LS or Cargo model with sparse options. As rivals have improved dramatically, affordability is the Savana's last major selling point. Find a GMC Savanna for sale
Like its Chevrolet Express mechanical twin, the 2016 GMC Savana 2500 is offered in two distinct models, including 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 ($31,600), and you should only expect the basics. That means vinyl seating, manual air conditioning, an AM/FM stereo with an 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 ($34,000), and you add a few more items. Most notably, that includes 12-passenger seating, but the Savana LS also adds power door locks, cruise control and standard Wi-Fi to the Cargo model's basic equipment list.
Topping the Savana range is the LT ($35,800), 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, like power mirrors and windows, to upscale features, like a reversing camera, a newly updated MyLink infotainment 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/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Corrosion||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Maintenance||2 Years/24,000 Miles|
2016 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 on-the-road demeanor.
2016 Ford Transit -- Ford's all-new full-size van is also offered in cargo and passenger configurations. Unlike the Savana, it boasts several fuel-efficient engine choices, modern driving dynamics and high-tech optional extras.
2016 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.
Used 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.