NEW FOR 2008:

– Standard tire pressure monitoring system on all models
– Standard curtain airbags on all passenger van models
– New interior
– Expanded driver information centre
– Gen IV V8 engines

For 2008, the GMC Savana receives updates, including a new standard curtain airbag on passenger models for the second and third rows.

Also sold as the Chevrolet Express, the Savana is offered as a passenger van, or as a cargo or conversion van. Although it’s more often used as a commercial vehicle, it’s a popular choice for those who want a large vehicle for hauling boats or trailers.

Passenger vans use a 5.3-litre V8 in 1500 configuration, and a 6.0-litre V8 in 2500 and 3500 models. Cargo models also come with a 4.3-litre V6 and 6.6-litre turbo diesel. All mate to a four-speed automatic transmission.

The 1500 can be optioned with all-wheel drive, while the 2500 and 3500 models can also be ordered in extended-wheelbase configuration. Passenger van trim lines are base and SLE; seating is from eight to 15 people.

The base model includes 16-inch steel wheels, front air conditioning, black bumpers with rear assist step, swing-out side cargo doors, fully-opening rear load doors, deep-tinted windows, manual flat-over-convex mirrors, variable intermittent wipers, full-length black vinyl flooring, auxiliary rear heater, vinyl front bucket seats, CD stereo, and theft-deterrent system. The 3500 models add a tilt column, and 3500 long-wheelbase models have rear air conditioning.

The SLE adds chrome bumpers, chrome grille, cruise control, power locks, colour-keyed carpeting with floor mats, tilt column, instrument panel stowage compartment, power windows, reading lamps, and cloth front bucket seats.

Depending on the model, available options include keyless entry, rear window defogger, left-side swing-out doors, right-side sliding door, power mirrors, rear air conditioning, power seats and cassette or six-CD stereo.

Other contenders in the segment include the Ford E-Series van and Dodge Sprinter.

Type 4-door, 8/12/15-passenger van
Layout Front engine/rear-wheel drive/AWD
Engine 5.3-litre V8, OHV, 16 valves
6.0-litre V8, OHV, 16 valves
Horsepower 301 @ 5200 rpm
323 @ 4600 rpm
Torque 325 @ 4500 rpm
373 @ 4400 rpm
Transmission 4-speed automatic
Tires 1500 P245/75R16 all-season
Tires 2500, 3500 LT245/75R16E all-season
Curb weight 1500 2385 kg (5256 lbs)
Curb weight 2500 2666 kg (5877 lbs)
Curb weight 3500 2728 kg (6015 lbs)
Curb weight 3500 extended 2873 kg (6333 lbs)
Wheelbase 3429 mm (135.0 in.)
Wheelbase extended 3937 mm (155.0 in.)
Length 5691 mm (224.0 in.)
Length extended 6199 mm (244.0 in.)
Width 2018 mm (79.4 in.)
Height 2072 mm (81.6 in.)
Height extended 2084 mm (82.0 in.)
Ground clearance 1500 188 mm (7.4 in.)
Ground clearance 2500/3500 180 mm (7.1 in.)
Ground clearance 3500 extended 195 mm (7.7 in.)
Towing capacity 1500 2905 kg (6600 lbs)
Towing capacity 2500 3628 kg (8000 lbs)
Towing capacity 3500 4538 kg (10000 lbs)
Payload capacity 1500 881 kg (1942 lbs)
Payload capacity 2500 1235 kg (2723 lbs)
Payload capacity 3500 1626 kg (3585 lbs)
Payload capacity 3500 extended 1482 kg (3267 lbs)
Cargo capacity 5776 litres (204.0 cu. ft.)(behind
 1st row)
Cargo capacity extended 6719 litres (237.3 cu. ft.)(behind
 1st row)
Fuel consumption 5.3 City: 16.3 L/100 km (17 mpg Imp)
Hwy: 11.9 L/100 km (24 mpg Imp)
Fuel type Regular
Warranty 3 yrs/ 60,000 km
Powertrain warranty 5 yrs/160,000 km
Side airbags N/A
Curtain airbags Standard
Anti-lock brakes Standard
Traction control Standard
Stability control Standard
Assembly location Wentzville, Missouri


SL 1SA Automatic 4 Speed $37,365 $1,250 SLE 1SB Automatic 4 Speed $40,830 $1,250 SL 1SA AWD Automatic 4 Speed $40,325 $1,250 SLE 1SB AWD Automatic 4 Speed $43,790 $1,250 Special 1SA Automatic 4 Speed $28,930 $1,250

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