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STYLING | 4 out of 10
Dashboard features legible round gauges
About as contemporary as a rolling box can be
Kelley Blue Book
Front end has a trapezoidal grille with a large GMC badge
Full-size vans are not known for their styling statements, and the 2008 GMC Savana is no exception.
The 2008 GMC Savana comes in a variety of trims and lengths to suit many needs, and Edmunds says that "the standard-wheelbase (135-inch) 2008 GMC Savana full-size van comes in half-ton (1500) and 1-ton (3500) configurations," while an "extended-wheelbase version (155-inch) is available only on the 3500," and "two trim levels," LS and LT, are offered on all versions. Regarding the exterior of the GMC Savana 2008, Kelley Blue Book says the styling is "about as contemporary as a rolling box can be," and the look is characterized by "rounded edges, high-mounted side taillights and flush side-glass." Cars.com adds "the Savana's front end has a trapezoidal grille with a large GMC badge and upscale reflector headlights." Since the GMC Savana's last redesign, new equipment includes "a new grille, bumper, fascia, fenders, and hood," which combine for a look that Motor Trend says "has a strong family resemblance to other GM trucks."
Inside the GMC Savana 2008, reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that form definitely follows function. Edmunds reviewers write that the GMC Savana's "interior is built for pure functionality, and while it may not be pretty, it gets the job done." To that end, ConsumerGuide finds that "the dashboard features legible round gauges and simple, mostly handy controls." When first climbing into the GMC Savana 2008, Motor Trend reviewers "immediately noticed the restyled interior" compared to the early 2000s-model GMC Savanas. Automobile adds that "the controls are straightforward," but warns not to "expect the user-friendly grace of, say, a Honda Odyssey or even an upscale pickup."
The 2008 GMC Savana will never win any styling awards, but it scores points for being practical.