The 2022 GMC Savana reports for another year of duty unchanged. Designed primarily for commercial use, the Savana is a traditional full-size van with a truck-like payload and towing capacity.
Choosing Your GMC Savana
The Savana comes in Cargo and Passenger configurations. Both versions are available in 2500 and 3500 designations, the latter providing greater payload capacity. The Savana Cargo comes in Work Van trim only, while the Savana Passenger is offered in LS and LT trims.
Base prices range from $34,695 to $41,795 including destination.
All Savana models come standard with a V6 engine and rear-wheel drive. Buyers can upgrade to a V8 ($1,695) or a four-cylinder turbodiesel ($3,995). The V6 and turbodiesel are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, while the V8 runs with a heavy-duty six-speed automatic.
Heavy-duty vehicles like the Savana are exempt from EPA mileage testing.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Max Towing|
|4.3L V6||276 hp||298 lb-ft||7,400 pounds|
|6.6L V8||401 hp||464 lb-ft||10,000 pounds|
|2.8L 4-Cylinder Turbodiesel||181 hp||369 lb-ft||7,000 pounds|
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Savana Cargo offers two front seats and 239.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the standard wheelbase. Extended-wheelbase models can swallow up to 283.6 cubic feet. The extra length costs $1,900 on the 2500 model and $800 on the 3500. A three-person second row can be added for $1,965.
The 2500 Cargo has a payload capacity of 3,280 pounds, or 3,060 pounds with the extended wheelbase. The 3500 model offers an additional 1,000 pounds of capacity in both lengths.
The Savana Passenger seats 12 across four rows. Folding the rows opens up 218.5 cubic feet of space. With the extended wheelbase (available on the 3500 only), cargo capacity reaches 255.5 cubic feet. A fifth passenger row is available on extended models for $475, which boosts seating to 15. The 2500 Passenger model can carry 2,550 pounds, while the 3500 handles up to 3,540 pounds.
Aside from the government-mandated review camera, driver assistance features are optional. Forward collision alert and lane departure warning come bundled for $295 (these are standard on the Passenger LT only). Bind-spot monitoring costs $395, and rear parking sensors are available for $295.
Active safety features like adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking aren't available on any Savana.
The Savana starts out with a basic two-speaker AM/FM sound system with MP3 capability. The available Communications Package, which requires the V8 engine, adds Bluetooth capability, satellite radio, two USB ports, a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel with audio controls, two rear speakers, and cruise control for $1,185. These features are standard on the Passenger LT only.
The Savana cargo come with vinyl seats, rubberized floor covering, air conditioning, power windows and locks, heated side mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and 16-inch steel wheels. Swing-out side and rear cargo doors are standard, and a sliding side door is available for $195. Full window glass costs $315. The Chrome Appearance Package adds a chrome grille and chrome bumpers for $355. Individual options include six-way power front seats ($275 each), cloth upholstery ($70), rear air conditioning ($785), keyless entry ($175), and remote start ($300).
The Passenger LS comes with full window glass and interior trim panels, plus cruise control and a tilt steering wheel as standard. Front cloth seats are bundled with a deluxe front console for $255. Other equipment and options are shared with the Savana Cargo.
The Passenger LT features an all-cloth interior with full carpeting. The Chrome Appearance Package is standard, along with the aforementioned safety and connectivity upgrades.
The 2022 GMC Savana is tough and capable no matter how it's equipped. If your plans include a mix of hauling and towing, the stout V8 engine is well worth the bump in price.