Passenger Van Review: 2010 GMC Savana

August 8, 2010

The 2010 GMC Savana is most definitely a passenger van that will take on all others in its class. Whether it is used for carrying passengers or as a cargo hauler, this van does both very well. It is a functional vehicle without all the thrills and spills. 

It is by no means a stunning looking van, the exterior is practical and simple in style. However, drivers aren't expecting sporty looks, they are looking for a working class van and that's what they get with the Savana. Not only does this van have huge swinging rear doors, but it also has a side door, and a 60/40 split door on the driver's side that appeals to most reviewers. The large tinted side windows allow the driver to have an excellent view. There are plenty of engine choices for the GMC Savana, the smallest being the 2.3-liter V-6 that gets 195 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. You can choose between three V-8 engines, the 4.8-liter that gets 280 horsepower and 296 pound-feet is one choice. While you can also decide on either the 5.3-liter that does 310 horsepower, or the 6.0 that does 323 horsepower. Fuel economy has been tested by the EPA for the V8 5.3-liter engine and proved to get 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway. All of the V-8 engines can run on gasoline as well as ethanol. The V-8 

6.6-liter turbodiesel is an excellent choice for drivers who want great towing capacity. With its 250 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque it is more than capable of handling heavy goods. The 3500 extended wheelbase Savana models can haul up to 9,300 pounds.For a vehicle of this type the Savana handles reasonably well. The handling will depend greatly on the amount of weight within the van too. Most reviewers find that it is a sturdy van with better than expected grip on the road. 

The Savana can seat up to 12 people with the standard model, or you can opt for the extended version that will seat 15. Interior features are few and far between, they basically consist of an
air conditioner and an AM/FM stereo. As the Savana is used for transportation purposes and the cargo model is for working there really is no need for fancy interior design. It is a good quality passenger van that does the job that it was intended to do. 

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