by Michael Butler
The beauty of a cargo van is that, unlike other cars, it doesn't really have to keep up with the times; as long as it's reliable and carries all the tools and deliveries it needs to, most will be happy. Enter the 2020 GMC Savana Cargo Van; an ancient fossil stuck in a time capsule as old as Jerry Maguire and the Clinton presidency. This van features a dated interior, less than impressive handling, and little modern tech to speak of but still gets a few things right. Its 341-horsepower V8 engine provides workmanlike performance and a decent towing capacity of up to 10,000 lbs. Competitors such as the Ford Transit Cargo Van are much easier to live with and are safer too, but the Savana is still a capable contender. The question on everyone's lips is how long GMC can get away with selling this old-timer?
Unsurprisingly, GMC hasn't made any significant changes to the Savana Cargo Van for 2020. In fact, there haven't been any major revisions - aside from engine changes - since the 'mid-cycle refresh' in the US in the year 2003. Worse still is that this first generation of the GMC Savana nameplate will likely stick around for a lot longer, as its predecessor survived three decades before being fully redesigned.
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NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.
If this vehicle were in any other class, it would have been retired to the great car heaven, but seeing as the GMC Savana Cargo Van is simply a big box with wheels, it has managed to cling on and still enjoys decent sales to this day. From the outside-in, there is no hiding the fact that this cargo van is ancient. It drives like an old van and offers about as much in-car tech as a Saturn V rocket. More importantly, it fails to provide the same amount of cargo space as its more modern rivals that boast multiple body configurations, which is a crucial failing; after all, that's its sole purpose. One of the Savana Cargo Van's few redeeming features is its excellent range of engines, including a turbodiesel and large-capacity V8 motor. While the $32,000 starting price of the 2020 GMC Savana Cargo Van might seem appealing, competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Ford Transit are infinitely better to live with daily. We'd suggest looking in that direction.
Deciding on which version of the Savana Cargo Van to get will depend entirely on your cargo-hauling needs. With a solid range of engines on offer, there will be something to suit most needs. For the majority, the base model with the 4.3-liter V6 engine will be more than enough, but if you're after massive hauling capabilities, the V8 option will be the one to go for. We would recommend getting the Safety Package, which adds cruise control, rear park assist, and blind-spot monitoring. There is no safety rating available for us to include in this review of the 2020 GMC Savana Cargo Van, but at least this package helps modernize the van somewhat.
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