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2019 GMC Savana Cargo

What’s new

  • Lane departure warning and forward collision warning now available
  • Part of the first Savana generation introduced for 1996

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
MSRP Range
$31,900 - $35,800
MSRP Starting at
$31,900
Edmunds Suggested Price as low as
$33,307
Edmunds Suggests You Pay
$33,307

Save as much as $5,103
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MSRP Range
$31,900 - $35,800
MSRP Starting at
$31,900
Edmunds Suggested Price as low as
$33,307
Edmunds Suggests You Pay
$33,307

Save as much as $5,103
Select your model:
Save as much as $5,103


Which Savana Cargo does Edmunds recommend?

The Savana Cargo is sold in just one trim — the Work Van — though you will have to make a choice between two maximum payload ratings and two wheelbases. Which you select primarily depends on your budget and business needs. There are a few worthy options that make it a bit more passenger-friendly, including the Convenience package (a tilt steering wheel and cruise control) and a radio with a USB port. You might also consider the blind-spot monitor, which provides an extra set of (electronic) eyes that come in handy if you don't opt for side glass.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

A work van is one of the best vehicles for securely transporting tools and gear from one site to the next. These workhorses can haul thousands of pounds without breaking a sweat, and the large, rectangular cargo areas are ripe for aftermarket modification. But not all work vans are created equal, as exemplified by the 2019 GMC Savana Cargo. Though the Savana is perfectly capable of getting the job done, newer rivals are ultimately more refined and typically offer multiple body configurations for greater cargo versatility.

Along with its corporate cousin, the Chevrolet Express, the Savana Cargo is one of the last remaining body-on-frame vans. Built on a rigid truck chassis, the Savana offers a slightly higher towing limit than many of its unibody rivals, and payload capacity is similarly competitive.

However, the Savana's old-school construction comes at the cost of performance and comfort. It rides and feels like a 23-year-old truck because, well, it is a 23-year-old truck. Work vans are more utilitarian than passenger-pleasing, but recently updated competitors are easier to maneuver around town and are more composed when making turns. The Savana also lacks taller roof choices, so selecting the longer of the two wheelbases will be the only way to increase the size of the cargo area.

The Savana is competent in its own right, but the case for choosing it over competitors is rather thin.

2019 GMC Savana Cargo models

The 2019 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 and 3500. 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 lb-ft 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, a non-adjustable steering wheel, 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 furnishes a tilt-adjustable steering wheel and cruise control; the Communications, which adds the contents of the Convenience package, plus the V8 engine, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth, a CD player, and satellite radio; and Safety, which provides the Convenience package features, plus the V8 engine, power-adjustable heated mirrors, rear parking sensors with a backup alarm, and blind-spot monitoring.

A variety of packages aimed at special commercial uses are also available. Forward collision warning and lane departure warning are also bundled together.

Some of the above features can be added as stand-alone options. Other options include an engine block heater, cloth upholstery, a second heavy-duty battery, power-adjustable front seats, and rear air conditioning and heating.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

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 the lack of a 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 an 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.

Consumer reviews

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    Features & Specs

    2500 3dr Van features & specs
    2500 3dr Van
    4.3L 6cyl 8A
    MSRP$31,900
    MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
    SeatingSeats 2
    Transmission8-speed automatic
    Horsepower276 hp @ 5200 rpm
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    2500 3dr Ext Van features & specs
    2500 3dr Ext Van
    4.3L 6cyl 8A
    MSRP$33,800
    MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
    SeatingSeats 2
    Transmission8-speed automatic
    Horsepower276 hp @ 5200 rpm
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    3500 3dr Ext Van features & specs
    3500 3dr Ext Van
    4.3L 6cyl 8A
    MSRP$35,800
    MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
    SeatingSeats 2
    Transmission8-speed automatic
    Horsepower276 hp @ 5200 rpm
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    3500 3dr Van features & specs
    3500 3dr Van
    4.3L 6cyl 8A
    MSRP$35,000
    MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
    SeatingSeats 2
    Transmission8-speed automatic
    Horsepower276 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.

    GMC Savana Cargo vs. the competition

    GMC Savana Cargo vs. Chevrolet Express Cargo

    The Savana Cargo and the Chevrolet Express Cargo are essentially the same vehicle. The only differences are the manufacturer-specific badges on the grille, rear door and steering wheel.

    Compare GMC Savana Cargo & Chevrolet Express Cargo features

    GMC Savana Cargo vs. Ford Transit Van

    It's difficult to make a case for the Savana when superior vehicles like the Ford Transit Van exist. Unlike the Savana, which only comes in one body configuration, the Transit Van offers a range of roof heights and length variants to suit your business needs. Three engines are available, including a high-output turbocharged V6 and a five-cylinder diesel. We've also found the Ford's ride is less busy than other work trucks.

    Compare GMC Savana Cargo & Ford Transit Van features

    GMC Savana Cargo vs. Nissan NV Cargo

    Although the Nissan NV Cargo doesn't offer as many body options as the Ford Transit, you can still get it in standard- or high-roof configurations, and there are several load and trim levels, as well. A V6 is standard, with an optional V8 available for buyers who need the extra grunt. Unlike many other work vans, a diesel engine is not offered.

    Compare GMC Savana Cargo & Nissan NV Cargo features
    FAQ
    Is the GMC Savana Cargo a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2019 Savana Cargo both on the road and at the track. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the Savana Cargo ranges from 239.7 to 284.4 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a GMC Savana Cargo. Learn more
    What's new in the 2019 GMC Savana Cargo?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 GMC Savana Cargo:

    • Lane departure warning and forward collision warning now available
    • Part of the first Savana generation introduced for 1996
    Learn more
    Is the GMC Savana Cargo reliable?
    To determine whether the GMC Savana Cargo is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Savana Cargo. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Savana Cargo's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
    Is the 2019 GMC Savana Cargo a good car?
    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2019 GMC Savana Cargo is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2019 Savana Cargo is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more
    How much should I pay for a 2019 GMC Savana Cargo?

    The least-expensive 2019 GMC Savana Cargo is the 2019 GMC Savana Cargo 2500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $31,900.

    Other versions include:

    • 2500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $31,900
    • 2500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $33,800
    • 3500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $35,800
    • 3500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $35,000
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    What are the different models of GMC Savana Cargo?
    If you're interested in the GMC Savana Cargo, the next question is, which Savana Cargo model is right for you? Savana Cargo variants include 2500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A), 2500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A), 3500 3dr Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A), and 3500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A). For a full list of Savana Cargo models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2019 GMC Savana Cargo

    2019 GMC Savana Cargo Overview

    The 2019 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 Ext Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A), and 3500 3dr Van (4.3L 6cyl 8A).

    What do people think of the 2019 GMC Savana Cargo?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 GMC Savana Cargo and all its trim types. 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 2019 Savana Cargo.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2019 GMC Savana Cargo and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2019 Savana Cargo featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    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 2019 GMC Savana Cargo?
    2019 GMC Savana Cargo 3500 3dr Van (6.0L 8cyl 6A)

    The 2019 GMC Savana Cargo 3500 3dr Van (6.0L 8cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $38,180. The average price paid for a new 2019 GMC Savana Cargo 3500 3dr Van (6.0L 8cyl 6A) is trending $5,103 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $5,103 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $33,077.

    The average savings for the 2019 GMC Savana Cargo 3500 3dr Van (6.0L 8cyl 6A) is 13.4% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 1 2019 GMC Savana Cargo 3500 3dr Van (6.0L 8cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

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    Should I lease or buy a 2019 GMC Savana Cargo?

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