2020 GMC Savana Passenger Van

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2020 GMC Savana Passenger Van Review: Still Going Strong

The 2020 GMC Savana Passenger Van has been around in the USA for over two decades, and in that time, has done little to improve itself or convince buyers to keep investing. This passenger van sees a few updates under the hood in the form of an eight-speed automatic transmission now channeling the power of that impressive 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel 4-cylinder engine, but other than that, the people carrier remains unchanged. The Savana Passenger Van goes up against competitors such as the equally nondescript and mechanically identical Chevrolet Express Passenger Van and the more refined and easy to live with, as well as more modern, Ford Transit Passenger Van. The Savanna still has a few tricks up its sleeve, but will that be enough to keep it in the running, or will it be bought by those still clinging onto their aspirations of growing up to be Bosco B.A. Baracus?

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2020 GMC Savana Passenger Van Changes: ๐Ÿš™Whatโ€™s the difference vs 2019 Savana Passenger Van?

As the new decade comes to an end, the same cannot be said of the hard-working first-generation GMC Savana Passenger Van, a no-nonsense people transporter with a heart of gold. GMC has decided to keep things relatively unchanged for the 2020 model year, and the only changes can be found under the hood: the old-school 6-speed automatic transmission that was affixed to the 2.8-liter diesel engine has now been replaced with an 8-speed unit which improves efficiency and acceleration.

Pros and Cons

  • Powerful V8 option
  • It's quite affordable
  • Solid reliability
  • It can carry and tow a lot of stuff
  • There's no AWD option
  • In base trim, it is very basic
  • Most features are optional
  • Outdated infotainment system
  • This is an old platform

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2020 GMC Savana Passenger Van Trims and Prices

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2500 LS
4.3L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$36,400
2500 LT
4.3L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$36,400
3500 LS
4.3L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$37,600
3500 LT
4.3L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$37,600

Savana Passenger Van Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 224.0 in
  • Wheelbase 135.2 in
  • Height 84.5 in
  • Max Width 79.3 in

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Savana Passenger Van Performance

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Engine and Transmission

The 2020 GMC Savana Passenger Van is offered with a healthy amount of engine options, starting with the naturally-aspirated 4.3-liter V6 engine producing 276 horsepower and 298 lb-ft of torque. This 6-cylinder engine offers excellent reliability and has enough power to haul this lumbering beast about the city with no significant issues. Next up is the strong 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel inline-4 engine that produces 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. The slick 8-speed auto transmission newly paired to the Diesel gives this rear-wheel-drive van a sense of refinement that's only broken by its dated chassis. The big 6.0-liter Vortec V8 offers the best performance and produces 341 hp and 373 lb-ft of torque and can be had in a variant that accepts CNG/LPG as fuel, too. This vehicle has a towing capacity of between 5,700 and 9,600 lbs depending on the engine equipped.

  • Engines
    2.8L Turbo Inline-4 Diesel, 4.3L V6 Gas, 6.0L V8 Gas, 6.0L V8 Vortec®
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    RWD

Savana Passenger Van Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    31.0 Gallons
* 2020 GMC Savana Passenger Van RWD 2500 135" LT

Savana Passenger Van Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    12-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.4 in
  • Front Head Room 40.9 in
  • Rear Leg Room 36.3 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.4 in

Savana Passenger Van Trunk and Cargo Space

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Savana Passenger Van Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Note:
    Qualified Fleet Purchases: 5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Rust-Through:
    6 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance Note:
    Qualified Fleet Purchases: 5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Maintenance Note:
    1 Year \ 1 Visit

US NHTSA crash test result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: ๐ŸIs the 2020 GMC Savana Passenger Van a good van?

The GMC Savana Passenger Van offers precisely what it says on the label: a tried and trusted platform that will provide you hundreds of thousands of miles of trouble-free motoring, and that's about it. Seriously though, this four-door passenger van is a fossil when compared to competitors such as the Ford Transit and offers little in the way of modern tech, safety features, and design. A solid range of engines, including strong V8 and turbo-diesel options, help the Savana haul lots of weight, but that's one of this van's few strong points. The interior is dated, it's not that comfortable on the road, and overall it just falls behind the rest of the passenger van crowd. If you're into the back-to-basics vibe, then this van will be perfect, but for everyone else who appreciates a modicum of comfort and style, look elsewhere. We'd be remiss in a review of the 2020 GMC Savana Passenger Van not to mention that rivals are safer, drive better, and don't cost much more.

๐Ÿš—What 2020 GMC Savana Passenger Van Model Should I Buy?

There are only two things to consider when buying a new 2020 Savana Passenger Van: how much space you need and how comfortable you want to be. For those looking to squeeze an extra few sardines, the long wheelbase will be a good bet with up to 15 passengers, and for those who want to arrive in decent style, the LT model will be the one to go for. The LT adds standard features such as a chrome front grille, cloth bucket seats, a deluxe front console unit with a built-in storage bin, and carpeted flooring. It also adds driver assistance tech such as lane departure warning and cruise control to bolster the non-existent safety rating. In terms of engines, we'd go straight for the more powerful 6.0-liter V8 despite the lazy 6-speed automatic transmission. The price of the 2020 GMC Savana Passenger Van with this engine starts at $36,400 in LS trim.

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