Vehicle Overview
Savana is a full-size van that duplicates the offerings in the Chevrolet Express lineup. Savana comes in two sizes, passenger and cargo versions, and five engine choices. All versions of the Savana, which is built from a full-frame truck design, have rear-wheel drive.

Regular-size models have a 135-inch wheelbase and overall length of 219 inches. Extended models are 20 inches longer in both dimensions.

Rear doors that swing open 180 degrees are standard on all models. Swing-out side doors on the passenger side also are standard, and a sliding door is a no-cost option. A driver-side sliding door is not offered on Savana or Express.

Regular-size passenger models come standard with seats for eight (two front buckets and two three-place bench seats), but seats for five are optional and a four-passenger rear bench seat can be added to boost capacity to 12. On extended models, seats for 12 are standard and seats for 15 are optional.

Buyers of cargo models have two choices: standard front buckets and the option to remove the passenger seat (and the passenger-side-impact airbag).

Under the Hood
Engine choices start with a 200-horsepower 4.3-liter V-6, the standard engine on regular-size models. Two V-8s are optional on regular-size models, a 5.0-liter with 220 horsepower and a 5.7-liter with 255 horsepower. On extended models, the 5.7-liter V-8 is standard. A 7.4-liter V-8 with 290 horsepower and a diesel 6.5-liter V-8 with 195 horsepower are optional on heavy-duty models (three-quarter and one-ton payloads).

With all engines, a four-speed automatic transmission is standard. Antilock brakes are standard on all models. Trailer-towing limits range from 4,700 pounds on regular-size models with the V-6 to 10,000 pounds on heavy-duty extended models with the 7.4-liter V-8.

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From the 2000 Buying Guide