2018 GMC Savana Cargo

2018 GMC Savana Cargo
Save up to $4,050
2018 GMC Savana Cargo
Save up to $4,050

Pros

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

Cons

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


Which Savana Cargo does Edmunds recommend?

The 2018 GMC Savana is sold in a single trim: the Work Van. From there, you choose between two load ratings — 2500 and 3500 — and a standard or an extended wheelbase. Three engines are on tap; the V8 has the highest towing and payload capabilities, while the diesel is undoubtedly the most fuel-efficient. Several packages are available, and we'd start with the Convenience package, which adds cruise control and a tilt steering wheel. Several stand-alone options are also worth pursuing, including a USB port and blind-spot monitoring, which is invaluable for those who don't opt for side glass.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

Full-size vans have a longer shelf life than other vehicles, but even these utilitarian workhorses have an expiration date. Case in point: the 2018 GMC Savana Cargo Van. Although it was heavily refreshed for the 2003 model year, its bones date back to a time when voters were still trying to decide between Clinton and Dole. While it's capable enough on its own merits, business owners have the pick of several competing vans that are more versatile and up-to-date.

The GMC Savana and its nearly identical corporate cousin, the Chevrolet Express, are among the last of the truck-based, body-on-frame cargos vans. Most in the segment have adopted a unibody construction, giving rivals a more comfortable ride and less mass for their smaller, more fuel-efficient engines to haul around. Nearly all offer a range of cargo roof heights, so you can put in taller shelves or simply give yourself more room to move around the cabin.

These competitors can't tow or haul as much as the Savana, but unless you are packing the back to the top with equipment, nearly every other cargo van is a better choice.

Trim levels & features

The 2018 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: 3,353 pounds) and 3500 (max payload: 4,311 pounds). Each can be ordered in an extended wheelbase, which increases cargo volume from 239.7 cubic feet in the standard version 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 4.3-liter V6 (276 horsepower, 298 pound-feet of torque) paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Alternate powertrains are available if the standard V6 doesn't meet your requirements, including a 6.0-liter V8 (341 hp, 373 lb-ft) matched to a six-speed automatic and a 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel 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 rearview camera, 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 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, GM's OnStar emergency communications, a 120-volt outlet, and a two-speaker audio system with AM/FM radio and an auxiliary jack.

Major equipment packages include the Convenience, which adds a tilt-adjustable steering wheel and cruise control; the Chrome Appearance, which brings chrome bumpers and grille; the Cargo, which adds the V8 engine and a spray-in bedliner; the Communications, which adds the contents of the Convenience package, plus the V8 engine, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth, a CD player and satellite radio; and Safety, which adds the contents of the Convenience package, plus the V8 engine, power-adjustable mirrors, rear parking sensors with backup alarm and blind-spot monitoring. There's also an Enhanced Convenience package that brings the V8, remote locking and unlocking, remote engine start, heated and power-adjustable mirrors, a trailer hitch and a seven-pin connector.

Packages aimed at commercial customers include the Hotel Shuttle package, which adds the contents of the Chrome Appearance and Driver Convenience packages, the V8, a sliding rear passenger door, heated power mirrors, a second row of seating, tinted glass and rear cargo windows, and the Ambulance package, which is available for the 3500 and extended wheelbase only and adds the Chrome Appearance package, a heavy-duty locking differential, and a more powerful battery and alternator. 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 an engine block heater, cloth upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, 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.

Driving

Even the standard-wheelbase van is a large vehicle, and it drives like one. Tidy handling and accurate steering are not among the big GMC's marching orders. The upgraded V8 engine is responsive, though, and easily gets the van up to highway speeds, even with a full load of cargo.

Comfort

The driver and front passenger are divided by an enormous center bulge covering some of the engine and transmission, the width of which causes the driver to feel squeezed even in this large vehicle. The basic controls are easy to find and simple to use, but comforts are few.

Interior

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 abandoned. A low roof and no door behind the driver make it difficult to enter and move around the back.

Utility

The cargo area measures 239.7 cubic feet in the short-wheelbase Savana, a few cubes smaller than the class average. Space 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.

Technology

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

MSRP
$31,295
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 2
8-speed automatic
Gas
276 hp @ 5200 rpm
MSRP
$33,155
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 2
8-speed automatic
Gas
276 hp @ 5200 rpm
MSRP
$34,615
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 2
8-speed automatic
Gas
276 hp @ 5200 rpm
MSRP
$35,500
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 2
8-speed automatic
Gas
276 hp @ 5200 rpm
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Safety

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.
Backup Alarm
Sounds an exterior alert to pedestrians and other motorists when the Savana is put in Reverse.

2018 GMC Savana Cargo for Sale

GMC Savana Cargo 2018 2500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A)
New 2018
GMC Savana Cargo
2500
(2)
King Buick GMC
17.7 mi away
MSRP$33,615
Est.Loan: $567/mo
View Details
Dealer Notes
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GMC Savana Cargo 2018 2500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A)
New 2018
GMC Savana Cargo
2500
Capitol Buick GMC
31.9 mi away
MSRP$33,580
Est.Loan: $578/mo
View Details
GMC Savana Cargo 2018 2500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A)
New 2018
GMC Savana Cargo
2500
(2)
King Buick GMC
17.7 mi away
MSRP$33,615
Est.Loan: $567/mo
View Details
Dealer Notes
This 2018 GMC Savana Cargo Van is proudly offered by King This GMC includes: BLUETOOTH FOR PHONE, PERSONAL CELL PHONE CONNECTIVITY TO VEHICLE AUDIO SYSTEM Bluetooth Connection SEATING ARRANGEMENT, DRIVER AND FRONT PASSENGER HIGH-BACK BUCKETS Bucket Seats SHIP THRU, PRODUCED IN WENTZVILLE AND SHIPPED TO ADRIAN STEEL REAR AXLE, 3.42 RATIO STEERING WHEEL, LEATHER-WRAPPED Leather Steering Wheel EMISSIONS, CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OREGON, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, VERMONT AND WASHINGTON STATE REQUIREMENTS REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY Power Door Locks Keyless Entry GM BUSINESS CHOICE UPFIT, COMMERCIAL CUSTOMER BIN DRIVER CONVENIENCE PACKAGE Adjustable Steering Wheel Cruise Control 2500 VAN PREFERRED EQUIPMENT GROUP DIFFERENTIAL, HEAVY-DUTY LOCKING REAR Locking/Limited Slip Differential ENGINE, 4.3L V6 V6 Cylinder Engine Gasoline Fuel TRANSMISSION, 8-SPEED AUTOMATIC, ELECTRONICALLY CONTROLLED 8-Speed A/T A/T *Note - For third party subscriptions or services, please contact the dealer for more information.* The 2018 GMC exterior is finished in a breathtaking Summit White, while being complemented by such a gorgeous 93W MEDIUM PEWTER interior. This color combination is stunning and absolutely beautiful! Based on the superb condition of this vehicle, along with the options and color, this GMC Savana Cargo Van is sure to sell fast. The look is unmistakably GMC, the smooth contours and cutting-edge technology of this GMC Savana Cargo Van will definitely turn heads.

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More about the 2018 GMC Savana Cargo

The 2018 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, a rearview camera, air conditioning, cargo tie-down hooks and LED cargo lighting. There are five primary feature packages: the Convenience package adds a tilt-adjustable steering wheel and cruise control; the Cargo package adds the V8 engine and a spray-in bedliner; the Communications package adds items from the Convenience package, plus the V8 engine, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth, a CD player and satellite radio; and the Safety package adds items from the Convenience package, the V8 engine, power-adjustable mirrors, rear parking sensors with a backup alarm, and blind-spot monitoring.

The Enhanced Convenience package includes the V8, remote locking and unlocking, remote engine start, heated and power-adjustable mirrors, a trailer hitch and a seven-pin connector. Buyers looking to use the Savana Cargo as a commercial vehicle might also be interested in the Hotel Shuttle package, which adds rear windows and a second row of seating, or the Ambulance package with heavy-duty mechanical parts.

A separate bundle is available 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 4.3-liter V6 producing 276 horsepower and 298 pound-feet of torque. If you need increased towing capacity, consider the 6.0-liter V8 with its 341 hp and 373 lb-ft of torque. For those with an eye on monthly fuel costs, a 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 rating.

The 2018 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 or 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 2018 GMC Savana Cargo.

2018 GMC Savana Cargo Overview

The 2018 GMC Savana Cargo is offered in the following submodels: Savana Cargo Van. Available styles include 2500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A), 2500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A), 3500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A), and 3500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A).

What do people think of the 2018 GMC Savana Cargo?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 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 2018 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 2018 GMC Savana Cargo?
2018 GMC Savana Cargo 2500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A)

The 2018 GMC Savana Cargo 2500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $35,615. The average price paid for a new 2018 GMC Savana Cargo 2500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) is trending $4,050 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,050 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$31,565.

The average savings for the 2018 GMC Savana Cargo 2500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) is11.4% below the MSRP.

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