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By Cars.com Staff
July 9, 2012
The Savana is available in quarter-ton, half-ton and one-ton weight classes, in regular- and long-wheelbase form with five engine choices. Competitors include the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Nissan NV and Ford E-Series. The Savana is related to the Chevrolet Express. New for 2013 GMC adds three new options to the Savana for 2013 with a backup camera, rear park assist and a navigation radio available for both cargo and passenger vans. Exterior The Savana has a trapezoidal grille with a large GMC badge and upscale reflector headlights. Regular-length passenger and cargo vans can be fitted with a 60/40-split left-side entry and loading door. Side access panels, which offer access to either side of the van, feature remote releases and are available on work-oriented models. Exterior features include:
Standard 17-inch steel wheels on 1500, with 16-inch steel wheels on the 2500 and 3500
Optional 17-inch aluminum wheels on 1500
Swing-out rear doors
Available sliding passenger-side door
Interior Depending on the configuration, Savana passenger vans can carry eight, 12 or 15 people. Cargo vans seat a maximum of two people. Interior features include:
Vinyl or cloth seats
Standard air conditioning
Available remote start
Available dealer-installed Wi-Fi internet
Available Bluetooth cellphone connectivity
Available power seats
Available bulkhead dividers (cargo vans)
Under the Hood The Savana can be equipped with one of five engines. Rear- and all-wheel-drive models are available. Mechanical features include:
195-horsepower, 4.3-liter V-6 with 260 pounds-feet of torque
Flex-fuel 280-hp, 4.8-liter V-8 with 295 pounds-feet of torque
Flex-fuel 310-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 with 334 pounds-feet of torque
324-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 with 373 pounds-feet of torque
279-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 with 320 pounds-feet of torque (compressed-natural-gas model)
260-hp, turbo-diesel 6.6-liter V-8 with 525 pounds-feet of torque
Fast idle option on 6.0-liter V-8 allows heavy-duty accessory usage at idle
Four- or six-speed automatic transmission
Available heavy-duty locking rear differential
Safety Twelve- and 15-person models have three-layer glass that helps reduce the risk of ejection during an accident. Standard safety features include:
All-disc antilock brakes
Three-row side curtain airbags (passenger vans)
Electronic stability system
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