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.
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