The 2017 GMC Savana Passenger is a full-size van that can hold more passengers than a typical minivan. Seating for 12 is standard, though a 15-passenger model is available should you decide to go for the extended-wheelbase model. The Savana highlights its versatility with multiple engines and load ratings to suit your business needs. It comes in two trims — LS and LT — each of which offers a smattering of stand-alone options.
The Savana Passenger's base LS trim doesn't offer many luxuries, but power windows and locks, air-conditioning, vinyl upholstery and an auxiliary audio jack are all standard. The only available package marries a tilt-adjustable steering wheel with cruise control. The upper-level LT trim adds that plus chrome bumpers, cloth upholstery, rear air-conditioning, and remote locking and unlocking. There's also a separate bundle that combines a touchscreen interface with navigation, Bluetooth, a CD player and a USB port. Additional upgrades include power-adjustable mirrors, satellite radio, a rearview camera and rear parking sensors.
Under the hood of the rear-wheel-drive Savana Passenger is a 4.8-liter V8 producing 285 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. If you need more power, order the 6.0-liter V8 with its 342 hp and 373 lb-ft of torque. For those with an eye on monthly fuel costs, consider the new four-cylinder diesel engine, which makes 181 hp and 369 lb-ft. Two load ratings are available — 2500 and 3500 — and the 3500 can be ordered in an extended-wheelbase body style. This allows for a larger cargo area behind the fourth row, or you can add another row of seating for a grand total of 15 passengers.
The 2017 GMC Savana Passenger is price competitive but offers fewer customization options than rivals, and its V8 engines are thirstier than the small V6 engines you'll find in competing vans. The passenger area behind the first row is large enough to seat riders comfortably but other vans offer high-roof options to aid ingress and egress. Finally, the Savana is extremely old compared to the rest of the class (this generation dates back to 1996), so its dated interior lacks some of the latest entertainment and safety tech that others enjoy. If you decide that the benefits outweigh the deficiencies, use Edmunds' pricing and search tools to find the perfect Savana Passenger for you.
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