2023 GMC Savana Review, Price, and Specs

2023 GMC Savana Review, Price, and Specs


Summary

Some things exist for a reason, they hold a defining quality over time. That’s the story of the GMC Savana: it’s long been regarded as a tool—both something used by craftsmen to support their businesses and a simple, inexpensive way to move people. It has lived in this position for over a decade, cementing its presence as a non-profit workhorse. Its mechanics are a testament to its purpose: it’s only offered as a heavy-duty 2500 or 3500 model. A simple rear-wheel-drive setup is the only powertrain configuration, and the Savana is as minimalist on the inside as it is on the outside. The standard V-6 engine provides enough power and torque to handle most jobs, and a powerful 6.6-liter V-8 is available for jobs that require more grunt. Its optional trailer package enables a maximum towing capacity of up to 10,000 pounds. The base model can seat up to 15 passengers. When it comes to work tools, simple is good. The classic Savana remains a vehicle worth considering for those in the market for a pickup, business, or passenger vehicle that’s more affordable than the Ford Transit, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, and Ram ProMaster.

What’s New for 2023?

For the 2023 model year, the 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder engine is no longer available. Also dropped was the radio specification, which included hardware for installing the radio in pickup trucks that were built without a factory GM radio. The Savana otherwise remains the same but for its eye-opening price hike, which ranges between $5,200 and $5,600 depending on the model.

Price and Which to Buy

Pricing for the 2023 GMC Savana starts at $39,895 and goes up to $45,295 depending on trim and options.

If you’re looking for an extra large full-size pickup truck with plenty of power, the cargo model in the extended wheelbase 2500 configuration represents the best value. Standard equipment on the Savana Cargo 2500 includes a rearview camera, hill start assist, and electronic stability control. When it comes to driving, the engine you choose depends on the job your Savana will be doing. Most of the work can be accomplished with the base 4.3-liter V-6, which develops 276 horsepower and 298 pound-feet of twist. But for heavy hauling there’s no question the V-8, with its 401 horsepower and 464 pound-feet of torque, is the best choice. Other available accessories include a chrome grille as well as chrome front and rear bumpers, cruise control, forward collision alert, and a locked rear differential, though adding those features diminishes the Savana’s value proposition.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

GMC offers the Savana sedans and trucks with a 276-hp 4.3-liter V-6, and an optional 401-hp 6.6-liter V-8. The V-6 engine is mated to a more modern eight-speed transmission while the V-8s are still mated to an older but durable automatic. The 2500 or 3500 standard-wheelbase version of the Savana offers the highest towing rating–10,000 pounds–with the 6.6-liter V-8 and the optional tow kit package.

Fuel Economy and Real World MPG

Because of the GMC Savana’s classification, it does not receive a fuel economy rating from the EPA. This is also the case with GMC’s 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Inside, the Savana is all about performance. Its interior offers large, comfortable seats and a basic dashboard design with durable black plastic and ergonomic control placement. The sedan comes standard with 12 seats but extended wheelbase models can seat 15. The base LS gets front and rear air conditioning, power windows, power locks, AM/FM sound system with MP3, cruise control, and a. tilt steering wheel. The top LT adds a few luxuries like keyless entry. Cargo versions of the Savana provide as much as 287 cubic feet of cargo space; however, unlike other competitors’ high-roof offerings, tall users can’t stand comfortably inside the Savana. Pickup trucks come raw, with blank cargo bays for easy customization to fit your needs. GMC does not offer shelves and other storage solutions, as well as a sliding side door or two sliding doors. Unlike modern minivans, all Savanas only have a cargo door or loading on the passenger side.

Infotainment and Connectivity

If you’re expecting the same level of infotainment technology and connectivity as GMC offers in its pickups, you’ll be disappointed. The regular Savana doesn’t even have a touchscreen on its dashboard, but a touchscreen with navigation is offered for the passenger car. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are offered on both models, as is the myGMC mobile app, which lets you lock and unlock your car from your smartphone. The app also allows you to schedule and manage dealer maintenance visits.

Safety Features and Driver Assistance

GMC offers a basic list of driver assistance technologies on the 2022 model; however, two of them are only included in the more expensive LT trim level: forward collision alert and lane departure warning. Blind spot monitoring is also available, while a backup camera is standard. For more information on Savana’s crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Road Safety Insurance Institute (IIHS) website. Important safety features include:

  • Available forward collision warning
  • Notification of the invisible part of the side available
  • Rear parking assist available

Warranty and Maintenance Service

GMC includes a basic warranty package on the Savana, and it’s similar to the warranties offered on the ProMaster and Sprinter. GMC also includes the cost of one dealer visit for scheduled maintenance in the first year, and the Savana’s powertrain warranty can be extended to five years or 100,000 miles with the purchase of an authorized fleet.

  • The limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
  • Additional repairs are handled on the first visit

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