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2018 GMC Savana 3500

Original MSRP Range
$34,615--$37,680
Available Style(s)
Van
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2018 GMC Savana 3500

What We Like

Affordability; large covered cargo area; available 4-cylinder turbodiesel; impressive towing capacity

What We Don't

Hasn't been completely redesigned since the 1990s; low roof with no higher option; thirsty V8s; sloppy driving dynamics

Ratings

Consumer Rating

4.3/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2018 GMC Savana 3500?

A 4.3-liter V6 mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, a version of the 6-liter V8 engine for CNG and LPG conversion, backup camera standard, hill-start assist standard and OnStar standard.

Which Savana 3500 is the Best?

Beyond price and decent towing capability, there's not much to recommend Savana. Rival vans have simply surpassed it in design and engineering. If we did buy a Savana, we'd stick with basic models, adding a few options as needed.

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How Much Does a 2018 GMC Savana 3500 Cost?

The 2018 GMC Savana 3500 comes in three trim levels: A base-level cargo model for hauling large items, and LS or LT trims for carrying passengers. GMC offers the passenger van in short (12 passenger) or long (15 passenger) wheelbase forms with mandatory rear-wheel drive. Opting for long adds $885 to the bottom line. The cargo van is short wheelbase only.

Choose the Savana 3500 Cargo ($37,005), and you shouldn't expect much more than the basics. That means vinyl seating, manual air conditioning, an AM/FM stereo with an auxiliary port, hill-start assist, a backup camera, OnStar and little else. That's right, no power accessories. With that said, drivers who want those items can order them from the options list.

Step up to a Savana LS ($38,200), and you add a few more items, including 12-passenger seating. But the Savana LS also adds power door locks, cruise control, a 110-volt outlet 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 can seat 15.

Topping the Savana range is the LT ($38,435), 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 an IntelliLink touchscreen, blind spot monitoring and rear park assist.

Savana 3500 Trims

VanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Savana Cargo Van RWD 3500 135'$34,615 / $32,1914 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder / 8 Cylinder276N/A6-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Savana Cargo Van RWD 3500 155'$35,500 / $33,0154 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder / 8 Cylinder276N/A6-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Savana Passenger RWD 3500 135' LS$35,810 / $33,3034 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder / 8 Cylinder276N/A6-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Savana Passenger RWD 3500 135' LT$35,810 / $33,3034 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder / 8 Cylinder276N/A6-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Savana Passenger RWD 3500 155' LS$37,680 / $35,0424 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder / 8 Cylinder276N/A6-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Savana Passenger RWD 3500 155' LT$37,680 / $35,0424 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder / 8 Cylinder276N/A6-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Safety

Is the 2018 GMC Savana 3500 a Safe Car?

Standard safety equipment includes antilock disc brakes, stability control, a backup camera, front-side airbags and side-curtain airbags that cover the first three rows. Blind spot monitoring and rear parking sensors are options.

The Savana has not undergone third-party crash testing.

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 2 Visits

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
  • Glass Pkg
  • Glass Pkg
  • Shuttle Pkg
  • Glass Pkg
  • Crew Van Pkg
  • Glass Pkg
  • Door Trim Panel Pkg
  • Paratransit Pkg
  • Convenience Pkg
  • Appearance Pkg
  • Smoker's Pkg
  • Trailering Equipment
  • Cold Climate Pkg
  • Cold Climate Pkg
  • Convenience Pkg
  • Payload

Competition

2018 GMC Savana 3500 vs the competition

2018 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.

2018 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.

2018 Nissan NV -- Most like the Savana in purpose, the truck-based van 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.

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