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2023 GMC Savana: Choosing the Right Trim


The GMC Savana is one of the last of its kind. Alongside the mechanically identical Chevrolet Express, the Savana is the last of the old-school, truck-based, full-size work vans. It uses body-on-frame architecture, which contributes to its truck-like capabilities, including a class-leading maximum tow rating.

There are two engines available in every configuration of the Savana. The base engine is a 276-horsepower 4.3-liter V6 that can tow up to 7,400 pounds. If you need extra muscle, an optional 401-hp 6.6-liter V8 tows up to 10,000 pounds.

The Savana has three basic configurations: Cargo Van, Passenger Van, and Cutaway Van. On the surface, they’re pretty self-explanatory, but we’ll dive into each to find the right work van for your business.

If there’s no GMC dealer near you, remember that the only difference between the Savana and the Chevy Express is the badging. Even the pricing is identical. Check out the Ford Transit, Ram ProMaster, and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter for the full range of competition.

2023 GMC Savana Cargo Van: $38,100

  • 2500 Savana Cargo Van with 135.2-inch wheelbase ($38,100)
  • 2500 with 155.2-inch wheelbase ($40,000)
  • 3500 with 135.2-inch wheelbase ($41,200)
  • 3500 with 155.2-inch wheelbase ($42,000)

The GMC Savana Cargo Van is a no-nonsense work van at the base level. This version is for businesses that can benefit from a simple and affordable work van with few frills and muscular capabilities.

The Cargo Van is available in regular and extended wheelbases. The standard wheelbase van has a cargo volume of 239.4 cubic feet, and the longer wheelbase model can carry up to 283.6 cubic feet of cargo. The 3500 model has a higher Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (9,900 pounds versus 8,600 pounds) and a higher payload rating than the 2500 model.

Standard features in the Cargo Van include 16-inch steel wheels, vinyl seats and flooring, air conditioning, power windows, power locks, a backup camera, OnStar, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

There are a few desirable option packages available for the Savana. A Safety Package requires upgrading to the optional V8 engine and adds blind-spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, a tilt steering column, and cruise control. The Enhanced Convenience Package also requires the V8 and gives you remote start, remote keyless entry, heavy-duty trailering equipment, and the tilt steering column with cruise control.

Suppose you’re looking for more modern tech. In that case, the Communications Package (which also requires the V8) adds a tilt steering column, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise control, an MP3 interface, and a USB port for the stereo, SiriusXM, and Bluetooth.

A Chrome Appearance Package enhances the look with chrome bumpers and a chrome grille, and you can get it with either engine. Some options include cruise control, a power driver’s seat, Bluetooth, SiriusXM, a sliding door, running boards, and rear windows.

When you factor in the $1,795 destination fee, the starting price of the Savana comes to $39,895. If you get a 60-month loan at 3% interest with no trade-in or money down, you’ll have a monthly payment starting at about $717. See 2023 GMC Savana Cargo Van models for sale near you

2023 GMC Savana Cargo Van includes:

Available V8 — Also available in the Chevy Express, this 6.6-liter is the only optional V8 in this class.

Class-leading towing — The aforementioned V8 boasts a class-leading towing capacity of up to 10,000 pounds.

Up to 283.6 cubic feet of cargo space — The extended wheelbase yields extra cargo room so you can haul big loads effortlessly.

2023 GMC Savana Passenger Van LS: $42,300

  • 2500 Savana Passenger Van LS with 135.2-inch wheelbase ($42,300)
  • 3500 with 135.2-inch wheelbase ($43,500)
  • 3500 with 155.2-inch wheelbase ($44,300)

As its name implies, the Savana Passenger Van adds many seats to this work van. It has 12 seats in its standard configuration, but you can get up to 15 seats in the long-wheelbase model. As in the cargo van, the 3500 models can carry more weight than the 2500 models.

In addition to the extra seats, the other significant differences in the Passenger Van are the extra windows and rear air vents. The windows on the sides and the rear doors greatly expand the greenhouse of the Savana, and the additional air vents help to keep your passengers comfortable.

Besides those differences, the standard and optional features lists are similar to the Cargo Van.

When you factor in the $1,795 destination fee, the starting price of the GMC Savana Passenger Van LS comes to $44,095. If you get one on a 60-month loan with 3% interest and zero down, payments are about $792 a month. See 2023 GMC Savana Passenger Van LS models for sale near you

2023 GMC Savana Passenger Van LS includes:

Up to 15 seats — Twelve seats are standard in the Passenger Van; extended wheelbase models have up 15 seats.

Rear air vents — Your many passengers will ride in comfort thanks to the rear air vents.

Side and rear windows — Outward visibility is greatly improved with full-length side and rear windows standard on the passenger van.

2023 GMC Savana Passenger Van LT: $44,400

  • 2500 Savana Passenger Van LT with 135.2-inch wheelbase ($44,400)
  • 3500 with 135.2-inch wheelbase ($45,200)
  • 3500 with 155.2-inch wheelbase ($46,000)

We wouldn’t call it fancy, but the LT trim adds many creature comforts to the Savana Passenger Van over the more spartan LS trim. The mechanical configurations are the same between the two trims, but the LT is more generous with standard features. This version is the one to get if you need a family hauler with more seats than a minivan.

Many features that are optional on the LS are standard on the LT. These include chrome bumpers, a chrome grille, a tilt steering column, cruise control, cloth seats, carpeted flooring, a deluxe center console with a swing-out storage bin, forward collision alert, lane-departure warning, a theft alarm, and remote keyless entry.

A few features that are still optional on the LT include rear parking sensors, running boards, Bluetooth, a USB port, remote start, and blind-spot monitoring.

When you factor in the $1,795 destination fee, the starting price of the GMC Savana Passenger Van LT comes to $46,195. If you get one on a 60-month loan with 3% interest and zero down, payments are about $830 a month. See 2023 GMC Savana Passenger Van LT models for sale near you

2023 GMC Savana Passenger Van LT includes:

Safety tech — The LT trim adds some excellent standard safety features like forward collision alert and lane-departure warning.

Cloth seats — Standard cloth seating is a nice upgrade over the vinyl seats in the base LS trim.

Chrome trim — It still looks like a work van, but chrome bumpers and a chrome grille make the Savana look nicer.

2023 GMC Savana Cutaway Van: $35,000

  • 3500 Savana Cutaway with 139-inch wheelbase ($35,000)
  • 3500 with 159-inch wheelbase ($36,000)
  • 3500 with 177-inch wheelbase ($36,500)
  • 4500 with 159-inch wheelbase ($38,300)
  • 4500 with 177-inch wheelbase ($39,300)

The GMC Savana Cutaway can be tailor-made for your business. Thanks to the customizable ladder frame, the Savana Cutaway can be turned into a shuttle, a cube truck, a utility van, or even an ambulance. Whatever upfit you choose, it’s accessible from the cab thanks to a large opening behind the seats. Consider the GMC Sierra HD Chassis Cab pickup if you need a fully enclosed cab.

Three wheelbase options contribute to the versatility of the Savana Cutaway. It also adds a 4500 option capable of up to 8,920 pounds of payload capacity. The Savana Cutaway retains the same two engine options as the Cargo Van and Passenger Van.

When you factor in the $1,795 destination fee, the starting price of the GMC Savana Cutaway Van comes to $36,795. If you get one on a 60-month loan with 3% interest and zero down, payments are about $661 a month. See 2023 GMC Savana Cutaway Van models for sale near you

2023 GMC Savana Cutaway Van includes:

Ladder frame — The customizable ladder frame is ready for upfitting so you can create the perfect rig for your business.

Three wheelbases — Three different wheelbase options let you choose just how much van you need for the job.

8,920-pound max payload — The Savana Cutaway 4500 can carry up to 8,920 pounds, making this van ready for a wide range of jobs.

FAQ

What is the best 2023 GMC Savana trim level?

If you’re shopping for the Passenger Van, the LT trim is preferable to the LS because of added standard features like cloth seats, cruise control, chrome bumpers, and more safety tech. The Cargo Van and Cutaway only have one trim available.

Which 2023 GMC Savana trim level gets the best mpg?

There are no official EPA fuel economy ratings for this class of vehicle, but it’s likely the 4.3-liter V6 is more efficient than the 6.6-liter V8.

Which 2023 GMC Savana trim level is the safest?

The GMC Savana is safer in the LT trim or when equipped with the optional Safety Package on the Cargo Van and the Passenger Van LS. Individual safety options include rear parking sensors and blind-spot monitoring.

Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More about Eric Brandt

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