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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
Low-grade interior plastics
Wind and road noise are acceptably low up to 65 mph
No pickup or SUV can match the Savana's cargo-hauling capabilities
Kelley Blue Book
When it comes to interior room, the 2008 GMC Savana is a true standout, even offering pretty comfortable seating. However, the quality of the interior materials isn't the best in the industry.
The 2008 GMC Savana comes in a variety of trims with different capacities, but in its highest-occupancy models, the GMC Savana has "available for seating for 15," which Kelley Blue Book says "makes the Savana one of the most desirable commuter vehicles on the road," although Cars.com notes that "cargo vans seat a maximum of two people." On both commercial and passenger models, ConsumerGuide notices that the front seats offer "plenty of leg space," thanks to front footwells that "are long but not that wide." Many reviews read by TheCarConnection.com indicate that the rear seats on the GMC Savana 2008 are surprisingly comfortable, and Consumer Guide enthuses "passenger models offer generous room in all positions and firm, supportive seats." Automobile adds "passenger vans are fitted with surprisingly comfortable and removable benches."
Aside from the ability to carry up to 15 passengers, the large GMC Savana boasts impressive cargo room. ConsumerGuide reviewers find that the "wide-opening rear cargo doors ease loading," and "maximum available cargo volume is a whopping 316 cubic feet on extended models." Car and Driver also writes that the 2008 GMC Savanas are "useful for carrying lots of stuff," and Edmunds says "Savana buyers can opt for 60/40-split driver-side doors for easier passenger access to the rear seats."
The GMC Savana 2008 isn't made with the highest-quality materials, but nobody who purchases a GMC Savana expects that anyway. Automobile reviewers find that the interior materials consist mainly of "hard plastics and subdued cloth," but they write that those materials "are decent, and fit and finish are fine." However, those same reviewers also list the "commercial-grade interior" as one of the low points of the GMC Savana.
Noise reduction on the GMC Savana 2008 is admirable for such a large vehicle, and passengers aren't likely to be bothered by ambient noise. ConsumerGuide says that although "mechanical ruckus is noticed because engines protrude into the front-seat area," overall they find that "wind and road noise are acceptably low up to 65 mph."
If cargo and passenger space are what you need, look no further than the 2008 GMC Savana.