2011 GMC Savana 3500

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Key Specs

of the 2011 GMC Savana 3500. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Interior space
  • Towing capacity
  • V-8 performance
  • Cargo-hauling capacity

The Bad

  • Fuel economy
  • Maneuverability
  • Stability and handling
2011 GMC Savana 3500 exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2011 GMC Savana 3500

  • Five available engines
  • Can carry up to 15 occupants
  • Three duty levels
  • RWD or AWD
  • Available cargo van

2011 GMC Savana 3500 Overview

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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. These variations come in four different van models: cargo, 15-seat passenger, conversion and cutaway. Competitors include the Mercedes Sprinter and Ford E-Series.

New for 2011
There is a new 3500 passenger van with a Duramax turbo-diesel engine, and GM's electronic stability system, StabiliTrak, is now standard on all cargo and passenger vans. A dealer-installed Wi-Fi internet option is available.

Exterior
The Savana's front end has a trapezoidal grille with a large GMC badge and upscale reflector headlights. Passenger vans come in regular and extended lengths. 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

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 vehicle start
  • Available dealer-installed Wi-Fi internet option
  • Standard air conditioning

Under the Hood
Light-duty G1500 vans have rack-and-pinion steering, while G2500 and G3500 van...

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. These variations come in four different van models: cargo, 15-seat passenger, conversion and cutaway. Competitors include the Mercedes Sprinter and Ford E-Series.

New for 2011
There is a new 3500 passenger van with a Duramax turbo-diesel engine, and GM's electronic stability system, StabiliTrak, is now standard on all cargo and passenger vans. A dealer-installed Wi-Fi internet option is available.

Exterior
The Savana's front end has a trapezoidal grille with a large GMC badge and upscale reflector headlights. Passenger vans come in regular and extended lengths. 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

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 vehicle start
  • Available dealer-installed Wi-Fi internet option
  • Standard air conditioning

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 multi 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
  • Flex-fuel 279-hp, 4.8-liter V-8 with 294 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
  • 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

Safety
Twelve- and 15-passenger models have three-layer glass that helps reduce the risk of ejection during an accident. Additional standard safety features include:

  • Driver and front-passenger airbags
  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Standard side curtain airbags (on passenger models)
  • Standard electronic stability control

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Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 GMC Savana 3500 currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 GMC Savana 3500 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by GMC

Program Benefits

Two Factory-Backed Warranties, CPO Scheduled Maintenance Program, Vehicle Inspection & Reconditioning, 3-Day/150-Mile Vehicle Exchange Program, 24/7 Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation, OnStar & SiriusXM Satellite Radio Trial Offers, and a Carfax Vehicle History Report

  • Limited Warranty

    Two Factory-Backed Warranties

    6-Year/100,000-Mile, Powertrain Limited Warranty and a 12- Month/12,000-Miles, Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty, both with $0 deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Savana 3500 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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