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2008 GMC Savana 1500 Cargo


2008 GMC Savana Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By Editors

The 2008 GMC Savana is a favorite of small business owners and working people everywhere. No pickup or SUV can match the Savana's cargo-hauling capabilities, nor can they be so easily retrofitted to serve specific needs. Be it a rolling carpenter shop or a 15-passenger transport, the Savana serves an important role in an ever-more-mobile society. GMC, however, can no longer afford complacency, now that Dodge has replaced its long-running Ram van with the European-inspired Sprinter Van. An excellent work truck, the Sprinter cannot rival the Savana in the luxury conversion van field, although Ford does offer a full-size van that can go toe-to-toe with the Savana.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you have a business and need a substantial amount of room for tools or storage, the 2008 GMC Savana is hard to top. A choice of two powerful V8 engines on passenger models, a Duramax diesel on certain cargo vans, varied towing ability and optional all-wheel drive make the Savana a suitable choice for business and family use.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you are used to driving a minivan, the Savana may prove to be too much vehicle. The V8 can be fuel-thirsty, especially when the vehicle is loaded with passengers or heavy equipment. And the Dodge Sprinter makes better use of its interior space.

What's Significant About This Car?

The Savana receives a revised interior with an expanded driver information center and standard head-curtain airbags.

Driving It Driving Impressions

Although hardly the vehicle you'd want for running laps at the race track, the 2008 GMC Savana is not as truck-like to drive as one might expect. GM has paid due diligence to the steering and brakes, giving them a firm feel that instills confidence even when fully loaded. Cornering and braking do differ depending upon cargo weight, but with the heavy-duty upgrades for the brakes, transmission and suspension, the Savana can be outfitted to deal with the heaviest loads and still remain quite comfortable.

Favorite Features

Side-Access Doors
Side-access doors allow you to reach tools and equipment without having to climb inside.

Seats 15
Available seating for 15 makes the Savana one of the most desirable commuter vehicles on the road.

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