KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors
- Updated Date: 6/11/2013
Long the favorite of companies and individuals needing to move big loads, the aging GMC Savana van is still as capable as it is popular. But, the Savana is no longer the best vehicle for the job when it comes to moving people. Newer vans from Nissan and Ford employ all-new architecture offering more interior space and better fuel economy, not to mention a more modern skeleton. But, there are so many things to like about the Savana's design, chief among them the vast number of aftermarket parts for customization. Sharing its platform with GMC's full-size pickups, the 2014 GMC Savana comes in a number of sizes and abilities, including a 1-tone 3500 model, a number of engine choices including diesel and CNG and optional all-wheel drive.
You'll Like This Car If...
As a daily commuter, the 2014 GMC Savana only makes sense if you either have a huge family or own a little league team, but as a work van, it's still tough to beat. As easy to drive as it is on the wallet, the versatile Savana is hard to fault.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you're just trying to find a way to move the family, a traditional full-size SUV makes much more sense. And, the Savana's fuel bills can become quite astronomical, especially with the big V8s.
What's New for 2014
For 2014, the GMC Savana gains standard power windows and door locks. Cut Away 3500/4500 models with the 159-inch wheelbase increase GVWR to 9,900 pounds.
If the last time you remember driving a full-size van was when you were wearing your brand new Rush t-shirt and sporting long hair, you're in for a pleasant surprise. A substantially stiffened body and improvements in suspension, steering and engine/transmission operations make GMC's 2014 Savana van as comfortable and easy to drive as any modern full-size pickup or SUV. A high seating position and, on passenger vans, a broad expanse of side glass make for nearly unhampered 360-degree visibility. Cargo vans get big side mirrors to help the driver navigate, as well as available sonar park assist and a rearview camera. As for power, it's best to have one of the Savana's available V8 engines under the hood, as the base V6 is not suitable for anything beyond light-duty work.
When it comes to gaining access to the Savana's massive interior, GMC gives owners multiple choices. The standard passenger-side double swing-out doors can be replaced by a sliding door, there's a GM-exclusive swing-out-doors arrangement available on the driver's side, and lift-up panels can provide access to side storage bins.
Few vehicles can offer the versatility of 15-passenger seating, a tow rating of 9,900 pounds, and a cargo area measuring 284 cubic feet behind the front seats. And the view out over traffic is terrific.
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