2023 GMC Savana Cargo Van Performance

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2023 Savana Cargo Van Performance

For 2023 there are just two engine options for the Savana, and both provide reasonable performance for a cargo van. The base engine is a 4.3-liter V6 with 276 horsepower and 298 lb-ft of torque. A much more potent 6.6-liter V8 is available and generates 401 hp and 464 lb-ft. 2022 models had an optional 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel with 181 hp and 369 lb-ft that falls away for 2023. All models power the rear wheels via either a six-speed (V8 models) or eight-speed automatic gearbox (V6 models), whereas rivals like the Ford Transit offer all-wheel drive. Not that smoky burnouts are a top priority for a cargo van, but the V8 models should be capable of hitting 60 mph in well under seven seconds. More importantly, the Savana can tow up to 10,000 lbs with the V8, which is better than the Ford Transit and Nissan NV cargo vans can manage.

2023 Savana Cargo Van Performance Photos

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2023 GMC Savana Cargo Van Driving Front Angle
2023 GMC Savana Cargo Van Forward Vision
2023 GMC Savana Cargo Van Rearward Vision

Engine and Transmission

Two gas engines motivate the GMC Savana Cargo Van. At the bottom of the range is the 4.3-liter V6 with 276 hp and 298 lb-ft. This version uses an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The 6.6-liter V8 is the powerhouse in the lineup, with 401 hp and 464 lb-ft on tap, although it's paired with a dated six-speed automatic transmission. It's a pity that last year's 2.8-liter turbodiesel has been done away with.

Unladen, every version of the Savana has perky performance for a heavy van, with only the V6 taking some strain when fully loaded with cargo. The V8 and 2022's turbodiesel are less troubled with a heavy load thanks to their higher torque outputs, although the V8 is saddled with a slower-shifting six-speed automatic that isn't especially responsive. Although not thrifty by any means, all the engines do a good job of keeping the Savana moving and have the ability to push the van past slower traffic without too much effort.

2023 GMC Savana Cargo Van Performance Specs:

GMC Savana Cargo Van TrimsGMC Savana Cargo Van EnginesGMC Savana Cargo Van HorsepowerGMC Savana Cargo Van TransmissionsGMC Savana Cargo Van Drivetrains
25004.3L V6 Gas
6.6L V8 Gas
276 hp @ 5200 rpm6-Speed Automatic
8-Speed Automatic
RWD
35004.3L V6 Gas
6.6L V8 Gas
276 hp @ 5200 rpm6-Speed Automatic
8-Speed Automatic
RWD

2023 Savana Cargo Van Gas Mileage

Residing in the commercial sector, EPA figures aren't available for the GMC Savana Cargo Van. However, real-world reports from owners indicated a combined consumption figure of around 16.7 mpg for the old 6.0-liter V8 model in lighter 2500 guise. The more modern new 6.6-liter should be more or less in the same league, despite its increased capacity. Other owners indicated consumption of 12.2 mpg for the V6 3500 and as poor as 10.3 mpg for the 6.0 V8 3500. Based on these numbers and the Savana's 31-gallon gas tank, a range of between 319 and 518 miles should be achievable. Either way, expect a considerable fuel bill.

2023 GMC Savana Cargo Van Trailering

GMC Savana Cargo Van Trims25003500
GMC Savana Cargo Van Maximum Trailering Capacity10,000 lbs.10,000 lbs.
Engine4.3L V6 Gas
6.6L V8 Gas
4.3L V6 Gas
6.6L V8 Gas
Transmission6-Speed Automatic
8-Speed Automatic
6-Speed Automatic
8-Speed Automatic
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