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2018 GMC Savana Overview

The Savana is mechanically identical to the Chevrolet Express full-size van. They share styling and price range as well, so the biggest choice between the two is badge preference. The Savana is based on an older platform that has only been minimally revised since its introduction in the 1990s. For 2018, a new 4.3-liter V-6 has been added as the Savana’s base engine. A reversing camera is now standard, and a blind-spot monitor is an available option. The 2018 Savana is still available in both Cargo and Passenger configurations. The Passenger version comes in either LS or LT trims, and, with both configurations, buyers have the choice between a 2500 model or a heavier duty 3500 model. Buyers also have the choice of an extended wheelbase, but neither all-wheel drive (AWD) nor a high-roof body style are on the options list. Depending on trim and options, a 2018 GMC Savana will cost between $30,000 and $40,000.

The first major choice for Savana buyers is the engine. New for 2018 is a base 6-cylinder, which is a 4.3-liter unit that makes 276 horsepower and is coupled to an 8-speed automatic. For buyers who want to do more serious hauling, there is a 6-liter Vortec 8-cylinder that can tow up to 9,600 pounds. Also, there’s a turbodiesel 2.8-liter 4-cylinder that makes 181 hp and 369 pound-feet of torque. Only the V-8 version of the Savana has been rated by the EPA, and it manages just 13 mpg combined.

Standard equipment for the GMC Savana is sparse, even in passenger form. The base LS comes with vinyl seats, air conditioning, cruise control, OnStar, and a reversing camera. Choosing the LT adds cloth upholstery, power mirrors, tilt steering column, and interior carpets. Standalone options include the MyLink infotainment system, blind-spot monitor, navigation, USB port, parking sensors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and an engine block heater for cold-weather duty. The Passenger version of the Savana can haul 12 to 15 people, and an extended wheelbase version is available. A regular length van will accommodate up to 92.1 cubic feet worth of cargo with the seats in place or 216.2 cubic feet when the seats are removed. The longer 3500 holds 127.2 cubic feet with the seats in place and 252.8 cubic feet when they are removed.

Neither the Savana nor its Chevrolet-badged twin have been crash tested by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Safety options include blind-spot monitor, hill-start assist, and parking sensors. GM’s popular OnStar system comes standard. Despite its age, the Savana remains popular—a testament to its utility and dependability. For hauling people, cargo, or both, the 2018 GMC Savana is still a top choice.

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Since 2012, Andrew Newton has been writing about cars both old and new. Andrew has been an associate editor at Sport Car Digest as well as a contributor to sites like BoldRide and JamesEdition. He was also the Education Manager at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA before becoming the Auction Editor at Hagerty Classic Car Insurance. He currently splits his time behind the wheel between his NA Miata, 1994 Corvette, and Triumph TR6.

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