Affordability; large covered cargo area; available 4-cylinder turbodiesel
Hasn't been completely redesigned since the 1990s; low roof with no higher option; Exxon Valdez thirst; sloppy driving dynamics
The Savana's optional diesel engine now has half as many cylinders. Its 4-cylinder turbodiesel is meant for improved fuel economy rather than enhanced, hauling-friendly torque. See the 2017 GMC Savana 2500 models for sale near you
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 Savana 2500 for sale
Like its Chevrolet Express mechanical twin, the 2017 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 LT models.
Choose the Savana 2500 Cargo ($30,700), and you should expect only 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. Standard seating capacity is 12 in a 2-3-3-4 arrangement. The longer 3500 Savana, reviewed separately, can seat 15.
Topping the Savana range is the LT ($36,000), which adds cloth upholstery, a compass, remote keyless entry, rear air conditioning and exterior chrome accents.
In addition to 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 backup camera, an IntelliLink touchscreen 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 2 visits|
2017 Ford Transit -- Ford's new full-size van is offered in cargo and passenger configurations. Unlike the Savana, it boasts several fuel-efficient engine choices, modern driving dynamics, tall roof heights and high-tech optional extras.
2017 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.
2017 Nissan NV -- Most like the Savana in purpose, the truck-based Express offers better driving dynamics, more body style choices and a more modern design.
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. You can consider a used model, keeping in mind that it was also sold as the Freightliner Sprinter.