Maximum capability to truck customers who need it; up to 15 passenger accommodations on extended-wheelbase chassis
Platform is showing its age; new competition is much better; not as configurable or maneuverable as rivals
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.
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.
|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 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.
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