2017 GMC Savana Cargo

2017 GMC Savana Cargo
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2017 GMC Savana Cargo
Save up to $6,001


  • Towing and payload capabilities are near or at the top of the class
  • Powerful V8 engines


  • V8 gasoline engines are thirstier than competitors' V6 motors
  • Limited cargo configurations mean less storage room than many rivals
  • Dated interior styling, materials and technology interface
  • No high-roof cargo option
GMC Savana Cargo years

Which Savana Cargo does Edmunds recommend?

The Savana Cargo is only available in the Work Van trim level, so your starting configuration will be limited to engine, load rating and wheelbase choice. Unless you absolutely need the extra payload capacity, we recommend starting with the 2500 to keep costs down, though it's worth upgrading to the extended-wheelbase version to make up for the Savana's comparatively small cargo area. The diesel engine will likewise keep the Savana competitive with fuel-sipping rivals.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

For many commercial businesses and contractors, a full-size cargo van is a great workhorse to get the job done. But of all the cargo vans on the market, the 2017 GMC Savana is perhaps the least desirable in our opinion.

Like its Chevy relative, the Express, the Savana does offer plenty of towing capacity thanks to its stout V8 engines. But otherwise the Savana lags behind rival vans. The Savana's cargo area is small, and GMC doesn't offer different roof heights for even more room. Its dated design also results in subpar maneuverability and feature availability. There's simply no compelling reason to choose the 2017 GMC Savana over its rivals.

2017 GMC Savana Cargo configurations

The 2017 GMC Savana Cargo is a full-size van with an expansive, boxy cargo area behind two front seats. (Its Savana Passenger sibling fills this space with additional rows of seating.) It's available in two load ratings: 2500 (max payload 3,234 pounds) and 3500 (max payload 4,192 pounds). Each can be ordered in a standard or extended wheelbase, which increases cargo volume from 239.7 cubic feet to 284.4 cubic feet. Regardless of starting configuration, the Savana only comes in the modestly equipped Work Van trim level. A few packages and numerous stand-alone options are available.

By default, the rear-wheel-drive Savana Cargo is powered by a 4.8-liter V8 (285 horsepower, 295 pound-feet of torque) paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Alternate powertrains are available if the standard V8 doesn't meet your requirements, including a 6.0-liter V8 (342 hp, 373 lb-ft) matched to a six-speed automatic and a 2.8-liter diesel four-cylinder engine (181 hp, 369 lb-ft) with an eight-speed auto. The Work Van's standard features include 16-inch steel wheels, 60/40-split opening doors on the right side, a driver information display, air-conditioning, power windows and locks, vinyl upholstery and floor covering, LED cargo lighting, six D-ring cargo tie-downs, a 120-volt outlet, and a two-speaker audio system with AM/FM radio and an auxiliary jack.

Major equipment packages include the Convenience (tilt-adjustable steering wheel and cruise control), Chrome Appearance (chrome bumpers and grille), Hotel Shuttle (Chrome Appearance plus the 6.0-liter V8, a sliding rear passenger door, heated power mirrors, a second row of seating, tinted glass and rear cargo windows) and Ambulance (6.0-liter V8, a heavy-duty locking differential and a more powerful battery and alternator) packages. A separate bundle adds a 6.5-inch touchscreen, navigation, Bluetooth, a CD player and a USB port.

Some of the above features can be added as stand-alone options. Other options include all-terrain tires, remote locking and unlocking, remote engine start, rear parking sensors, a back-up alarm, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cloth upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, a rearview camera, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, GM's OnStar emergency communications, satellite radio, a spray-in cargo liner, and rear air-conditioning and heating.

Trim tested

Edmunds has not yet driven any version of this vehicle. The following is our first take on what's significant about it and what you can expect.


As in other cargo vans, the Savana's interior makes liberal use of hard plastics. The engine protrudes into the front footwells, a characteristic of old-school vans that rivals have long since abolished. A low roof and no door behind the driver make it difficult to enter and move around the back.


The cargo area measures 239.7 cubic feet in the short-wheelbase Savana, a few cubes smaller than the class average. This expands to 284.4 cubic feet in the long-wheelbase version. Competitors offer much more storage room because they can be ordered with even longer cargo floors and higher roofs.


The Savana fails to impress on the tech front, with just a two-speaker stereo with AM/FM radio and an auxiliary jack listed as standard equipment. Optional extras include a CD player, satellite radio and a touchscreen interface that's older than what you'll find in newer GMC vehicles.

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Features & Specs

N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 2
6-speed automatic
Flex-fuel (ffv)
285 hp @ 5400 rpm
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 2
6-speed automatic
Flex-fuel (ffv)
285 hp @ 5400 rpm
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 2
6-speed automatic
Flex-fuel (ffv)
285 hp @ 5400 rpm
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 2
6-speed automatic
Flex-fuel (ffv)
285 hp @ 5400 rpm
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Our experts’ favorite Savana Cargo safety features:

Rear Park Assist
Sounds an alert as the Savana approaches an object while in reverse.
Rear Vision Camera
Displays a view of the area immediately behind the Savana in the rearview mirror.
Back-up Alarm
Sounds an exterior alert to pedestrians and other motorists when the Savana is put in reverse.

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More about the 2017 GMC Savana Cargo

The 2017 GMC Savana Cargo is a large panel van with two bucket seats and an expansive, configurable cargo area. Like other work vans, the Savana Cargo is offered with several available engines, wheelbases and load ratings. There's only one base trim and a handful of packages that bundle multiple features. Most additional options are offered separately.

The Savana Cargo's base Work Van trim is lightly equipped but offers a few features, including vinyl upholstery, air-conditioning, cargo tie-down hooks and LED cargo lighting. Four packages are available: Convenience (tilt-adjustable steering wheel and cruise control), Chrome Appearance (front and rear chrome bumpers), Hotel Shuttle (rear windows and a second row of seating) and Ambulance (heavy-duty mechanical parts). There's also a separate bundle that combines a touchscreen interface with Bluetooth, navigation, a CD player and a USB port. If you don't want one of these packages, most of the above options are sold as individual items. Additional available safety systems and creature comforts include cloth upholstery, satellite radio, remote locking and unlocking, a rearview camera and rear parking sensors.

By default, the rear-wheel-drive Savana Cargo is powered by a 4.8-liter V8 producing 285 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. If you need increased towing capacity, consider the 6.0-liter V8 with its 342 hp and 373 lb-ft of torque. For those with an eye on monthly fuel costs, a new four-cylinder diesel engine is available; it makes 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Two wheelbase configurations are available, with the longer increasing cargo capacity from 239.7 cubic feet to 284.4 cubic feet. Either can be ordered in 2500 or 3500 load ratings.

The 2017 GMC Savana Cargo is priced about the same as other cargo vans, but it is less customizable. Its storage area is smaller than the rest and doesn't offer high roof and extended cargo options. And though it has enjoyed interior and exterior refreshes throughout its lifespan, the Savana is more or less the same since its debut in 1996. In other words, it drives like a big, old-school van with few of today's safety and tech features. If you're willing to prioritize its competitive payload and towing capabilities over its deficiencies, be sure to use Edmunds' robust pricing and search tools to find your ideal 2017 GMC Savana Cargo.

2017 GMC Savana Cargo Overview

The 2017 GMC Savana Cargo is offered in the following submodels: Savana Cargo Van. Available styles include 2500 3dr Van (4.8L 8cyl 6A), 2500 3dr Ext Van (4.8L 8cyl 6A), 3500 3dr Van (4.8L 8cyl 6A), and 3500 3dr Ext Van (4.8L 8cyl 6A).

What do people think of the 2017 GMC Savana Cargo?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 GMC Savana Cargo and all its trim types. 0 Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2017 Savana Cargo.

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Our Review Process

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We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2017 GMC Savana Cargo?
2017 GMC Savana Cargo 2500 3dr Van (4.8L 8cyl 6A)

The 2017 GMC Savana Cargo 2500 3dr Van (4.8L 8cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $32,345. The average price paid for a new 2017 GMC Savana Cargo 2500 3dr Van (4.8L 8cyl 6A) is trending $6,001 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,001 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$26,344.

The average savings for the 2017 GMC Savana Cargo 2500 3dr Van (4.8L 8cyl 6A) is18.6% below the MSRP.

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