2018 GMC Savana Cargo Review
Pros & Cons
- Towing and payload capabilities are near or at the top of the class
- Powerful gasoline and diesel engines
- 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
List Price Range
$28,400 - $29,250
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Savana Cargo models:
- 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.