Affordability; large covered cargo area; available 4-cylinder turbodiesel; impressive towing capacity
Hasn't been completely redesigned since the 1990s; low roof with no higher option; thirsty V8s; sloppy driving dynamics
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.
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.
|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|
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.