2012 GMC Savana 1500

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$25,090

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2012 GMC Savana 1500
2012 GMC Savana 1500

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Interior space
  • Standard side curtain airbags (passenger vans)
  • V-8 performance
  • Towing capacity
  • Cargo-hauling capacity

The bad:

  • Fuel economy
  • Maneuverability
  • Stability and handling

3 trims

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Our 2012 GMC Savana 1500 trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Five available engines
  • Can carry up to 15 occupants
  • Three duty levels
  • Compressed natural gas version
  • RWD or AWD

2012 GMC Savana 1500 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

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 Sprinter, Nissan NV and Ford E-Series. The Savana is related to the Chevrolet Express.

New for 2012
Compressed-natural-gas models can have a three-tank fuel tank setup, but there are no other significant changes for 2012.

Exterior
The Savana’s front end 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
  • Available Chrome Appearance Package

Interior
Depending on the configuration, Savana passenger vans can carry eight, 12 or 15 occupants. Cargo vans seat a maximum of two people. Interior features include:

  • Available remote start
  • Available dealer-installed Wi-Fi internet
  • Available Bluetooth cellphone connectivity
  • Standard air conditioning
  • Available power seats
  • Vinyl or cloth seats
  • Available bulkhead dividers (cargo vans)

Under the Hood
Light-duty G1500 vans have rack-and-pinion steering, while G2500 and G3500 vans have integral power steering. The rear suspensions use a semifloating axle with leaf springs and gas shocks. 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 (cargo vans)
  • Flex-fuel 280-hp, 4.8-liter V-8 with 296 pounds-feet of torque
  • Flex-fuel 310-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 with 334 pounds-feet of torque
  • Flex-fuel 323-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 with 373 pounds-feet of torque
  • 280-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 with 320 pounds-feet of torque (compressed-natural -as 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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.0
  • Interior design 4.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 5.0
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

Reliability and performance

Bought slightly used with1400 miles. Excellent performance with power and economy. Only problems have been poor undercoating and corroding rims. Dealer reapplied undercoating under warranty and replaced the wheels with take-offs at cost.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by GMC
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
36 months/36,000 miles
Powertrain
60 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/100,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
Powertrain
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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