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2016 GMC Savana 3500

Original MSRP Range
$33,915 - $50,095
Available Style(s)
Van
MPG
11 - 11 MPG City / 17 - 17 MPG Hwy
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2016 GMC Savana 3500

What We Like

Maximum capability to truck customers who need it; up to 15 passenger accommodations on extended-wheelbase chassis

What We Don't

Platform is showing its age; new competition is much better; not as configurable or maneuverable as rivals

Ratings

Consumer Rating

4.3/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2016 GMC Savana 3500?

The Savana sees only minor changes for 2016. Last year's 8-passenger seating configuration is dropped, while the van's OnStar system is updated to include a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. The van's optional infotainment system is also updated.  

How Much Does a 2016 GMC Savana 3500 Cost?

The Savana 3500 comes in three trim levels: a base-level cargo model for hauling large items, and LS or LT trims for carrying passengers. All three are offered in short- or long-wheelbase with mandatory rear-wheel drive.

Opt for the Savana Cargo ($34,900) and you shouldn't expect many standard features. The van includes only the basics, such as vinyl seating, manual air conditioning and an AM/FM stereo with an auxiliary music port. There's no CD player and no power locks, power windows or power mirrors.

Choose the Savana LS ($38,200) and you get a few more features. The most important one is seats: The Savana 3500 Passenger Van is offered in two wheelbases; regular models have a 12-person seating capacity, while the extended-length Savana can carry up to 15 people. The Savana LS also includes power door locks, cruise control, rear air conditioning and GM's OnStar system with built-in Wi-Fi.

Drivers who opt for the upscale Savana LT ($38,500) get cloth upholstery, a compass, remote keyless entry and exterior chrome accents.

Shoppers who want the Savana's diesel engine will pay big money for the privilege. The engine costs around $10,000 extra on all Savana models, meaning you shouldn't choose it unless you plan on hauling and towing extensively.

In addition to the Savana's standard equipment, many options are available. Extras range from items like power mirrors and windows to high-end features like a reversing camera, a newly updated version of GMC's IntelliLink infotainment system and rear park assist.

Savana 3500 Trims

VanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Savana Cargo Van RWD 3500 135'$33,915 / N/A8 Cylinder Turbo / 8 Cylinder285N/A6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Savana Cargo Van RWD 3500 135' Diesel$45,860 / N/A8 Cylinder Turbo / 8 Cylinder260N/A6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Savana Cargo Van RWD 3500 155'$34,800 / N/A8 Cylinder Turbo / 8 Cylinder285N/A6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Savana Cargo Van RWD 3500 155' Diesel$46,745 / N/A8 Cylinder Turbo / 8 Cylinder260N/A6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Savana Passenger RWD 3500 135' LS w/1LS$35,285 / N/A8 Cylinder Turbo / 8 Cylinder28511 / 176-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Savana Passenger RWD 3500 135' LS w/2LS$48,225 / N/A8 Cylinder Turbo / 8 Cylinder260N/A6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Savana Passenger RWD 3500 135' LT w/1LT$35,285 / N/A8 Cylinder Turbo / 8 Cylinder28511 / 176-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Savana Passenger RWD 3500 135' LT w/2LT$48,225 / N/A8 Cylinder Turbo / 8 Cylinder260N/A6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Savana Passenger RWD 3500 155' LS w/1LS$37,155 / N/A8 Cylinder Turbo / 8 Cylinder28511 / 176-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Savana Passenger RWD 3500 155' LS w/2LS$50,095 / N/A8 Cylinder Turbo / 8 Cylinder260N/A6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Savana Passenger RWD 3500 155' LT w/1LT$37,155 / N/A8 Cylinder Turbo / 8 Cylinder28511 / 176-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Savana Passenger RWD 3500 155' LT w/2LT$50,095 / N/A8 Cylinder Turbo / 8 Cylinder260N/A6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
GMC Savana 3500 Safety

Is the 2016 GMC Savana 3500 a Safe Car?

All Savana models come standard with anti-lock brakes and GM's StabiliTrak stability control program. Available head side-curtain airbags and standard lap and shoulder belts for center-seat passengers bolster safety in the event of an accident. Your ability to avoid an accident is enhanced by sweeping visibility in the 3500 Passenger Van, plus an optional backup camera and parking sensors.

The 2016 GMC Savana 3500 is not rated in government crash tests. The Savana's mechanical twin, the Chevrolet Express, received a 3-star rollover rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, though the group didn't rate the van's front- and side-impact protection. The Savana 3500 is also unrated in tests from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.

Rollover Rating
Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases
Corrosion3 Years/36,000 Miles
Rust-Through6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases
Maintenance2 Years/24,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Cold Climate Pkg
  • Convenience Pkg

Competition

2016 GMC Savana 3500 vs the competition

2016 Ford Transit -- The all-new Ford Transit offers better gas mileage than the Savana, and improved capabilities. It also offers a more attractive starting price for budget-conscious van shoppers.

2016 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.

2016 RAM ProMaster -- With fuel-efficient V6 engines and a low load floor, RAM's latest take on the full-size van boasts especially extensive capabilities, whether you're hauling people or large items.

Used Mercedes-Benz Sprinter -- The Sprinter offers impressive capability and efficiency in a considerably more modern package than the Savana 3500. But it's also more expensive, so you may want to consider a used model.

Autotrader's Advice

Given the Savana 3500's age compared to its rivals, we'd shop the competition. But if we had to pick a Savana, we'd get a fairly basic cargo or LS model with virtually no options. After all, the Savana's primary virtue compared to rivals is its relatively low pricing. Find a GMC Savana for sale

 

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