The GMC Savana has long been a mainstay of the commercial van segment. For some, nothing more than a traditional van with a large engine and large body will do for hauling cargo and carrying a dozen people. Using heavy-duty truck underpinnings, few things are more capable.
What's New For 2015
For 2015, the Savana loses its 1500 version, but gains standard digital radio, OnStar with turn-by-turn navigation and a 110-volt power outlet.
Choosing Your GMC Savana 2500
The Savana comes in two basic models, a cargo van and a more plushly equipped passenger van. Both come in regular or extended wheelbases, either with a 4.8-liter or 6-liter V8. You can also get a diesel-engined model, which is much more capable for hauling, but it adds roughly $12,000 to the price. Features are restricted to basic creature comforts on the cargo van, but the passenger models can be had with some additional niceties. Still, the Savana isn't a luxury cruiser.
The diesel option probably doesn't make much sense given its hefty price tag and still hefty fuel consumption, but the modest $1,000 for the uplevel 6-liter V8 could be justified. Option lightly, though, since a Savana can get very expensive and no amount of features will make it a luxurious vehicle or comfortable people hauler. That's not the Savana's mission.