NEW 2021 GMC Savana Passenger Van

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The GMC Savana has been around for as long as the classic Mel Gibson movie Braveheart, and it will take a brave heart to drive one on a daily basis. One would think that after two decades of production, the Savana would have improved or ceased to exist, but no, it’s still chugging along at full speed and barely breaking the speed limit while doing so. For 2021, the 4.3-liter V6 remains the go-to option in standard guise. You can have your Savana in two wheelbase configurations and there are two trim levels on offer, as well as three engine choices. Long wheelbase versions can seat up to 15 people, and the maximum GVWR ranges from 8,600 to 9,600 pounds between the various configurations. Competition comes in the form of the more dynamically capable and modern feeling Ford Transit Passenger Van. The Savana can still hold its own in terms of being a pure workhorse, but lags behind in most other categories, such as basic comfort and road holding.

2021 GMC Savana Passenger Van Changes: What’s the difference vs 2020 GMC Savana Passenger Van?

There are hardly any changes to the Savana for the 2021 model year, the most notable being the replacement of the old 341-horsepower 6.0-liter V8 gas engine with a new 401-hp 6.6-liter engine.

Savana Passenger Van Exterior

There’s no other way to describe the exterior of the 2021 GMC than as a metal box on four wheels. GMC lists standard “features” such as a black grille, black manual-folding outside mirrors, and dual-halogen composite headlamps with daytime running lamps. You also get Solar-Ray deep-tinted glass and a swing-out passenger-side door. All models are fitted with 16-inch steel wheels, and chrome can be optionally added to the grille if you’d like.

Dimensions

The regular wheelbase van measures 135.2 inches between axles, while the extended van comes in with a wheelbase of 155.1 inches. Total length is 223.95 inches for the regular wheelbase van and 243.95 on the extended wheelbase. Total width without the side mirrors is 79.25 inches across the range, and both wheelbase configurations stand 84.5 inches tall. Ground clearance is a decent 9.7 inches in the front and 8.6 inches in the rear, and the curb weight ranges from 5,830 pounds for the regular wheelbase to 6,169 lbs for the extended wheelbase in its heaviest guise.

  • Length224.0 in
  • Wheelbase135.2 in
  • Height84.5 in
  • Max Width79.3 in

    Engine and Transmission

    We appreciate the variety of engine and transmission options on offer in the Savana Passenger Van. The base engine for 2021 is a 4.3-liter V6 engine producing 276 horsepower and 298 lb-ft of torque. Next up is an optional 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine that produces a low 181 hp, but makes up for it with 369 lb-ft of torque available from only 2,000 rpm. The diesel engine also received a new eight-speed automatic transmission in 2020, shared with the base V6. One V8 engine is on offer; a new-for-2021 gas-only 6.6-liter producing 401 hp and 464 lb-ft of torque, replacing the old 6.0-liter. The V8 option is clearly the most powerful, but it comes with a drawback; it will suck your wallet dry thanks to its bad fuel economy. A six-speed heavy-duty transmission is available as standard on the V8, while the other engines make do with a slicker eight-speed auto. Maximum towing rates stretch between 6,700 lbs and 9,600 lbs, aided by the Savana’s strictly RWD platform.

    • Engines
      2.8L Turbo Inline-4 Diesel, 4.3L V6 Gas, 6.6L Gas
    • Transmission
      8-Speed Automatic
    • Drivetrain
      RWD

     

    • Handling and Driving Impressions

      Dynamic handling is most definitely not the GMC Savanna Passenger Van’s forte. Get behind the wheel blindfolded, and you’ll be able to tell that this is a large van in seconds. The ride is best described as being crashy; the Savana’s old-school body-on-frame construction does this passenger van no favors, and low-speed bumps are absorbed with little to no efficiency. Out on the open road, the Savana, as with competitors such as the Ford Transit Passenger Van, is susceptible to strong crosswinds. The light steering is a boon in the city, where parking lots and tight streets are navigated with ease, but on the open road, it can become tiresome to make constant incremental adjustments.

      Savana Passenger Van Gas Mileage

      Since the 2021 GMC Savana Passenger Van is registered as a commercial van, there are no official gas mileage figures available from the EPA, but consumers have reported a model-wide average fuel consumption figure of between 13 to 15 mpg combined. The Savana is fitted with a 31-gallon fuel tank, availing it with an estimated range of around 465 miles, if consumer figures are utilized. However, this is largely dependent on driving style and how heavy a load you’ll be carrying on a regular basis, so if you take on full loads of passengers on a regular basis, expect gas mileage to drop accordingly.

      • Fuel Tank Capacity
        31.0 Gallons
      * 2021 GMC Savana Passenger Van RWD 2500 135″ LT

      Seating and Interior Space

       

      One of the benefits of any passenger van over a traditional SUV is the copious amount of interior space on offer. In standard form, all vans come with seating for 12, but extended-cab models can accommodate 15. In the front, occupants get 40.85 inches of headroom and 41.35 inches of legroom. Front shoulder room and front hip room comes in at 68.85/65.48 inches, respectively. In the second row, you get 38.42 inches of headroom and 36.3 inches of legroom. Third-row occupants get 38.5 inches of headroom and 36.58 inches of legroom. All the way in the back, fourth-row passengers get slightly less at 38.3 inches of headroom and 36.58 inches of legroom. Front seats come standard in vinyl but can be upgraded to cloth for a price.

      • Seating capacity
        12-seater
      • Front Leg Room41.4 in
      • Front Head Room40.9 in
      • Rear Leg Room36.3 in
      • Rear Head Room38.4 in
      • Savana Passenger Van Trunk and Cargo Space

         

        Vans and cargo space are two terms that were meant for each other. The 2021 Savanna Passenger Van can offer a ton of space when configured with the minimum amount of seats. The floor to console measurement on the Savana is 154.7 inches for the regular, and 173.65 on the extended wheelbase. Cargo volume to the front seat is a massive 218.5 cubic feet in the regular wheelbase car, and 255.5 cubic feet on extended wheelbase cars, but will diminish depending on your chosen seating configuration. Small items can be stored in the large door-side pockets or glovebox. You also get three cupholders up front.

        Features

        The features list on the 2021 Savana Passenger van is not as extensive as you’d get on their more premium pickup trucks. In fact, it’s so sparse that GMC highlights the fact that it comes with black bumpers. On the outside, this van offers dual-halogen composite headlamps and a swing-out passenger door. The interior of the Savana Passenger Van gets a bit more attention: you get a 120-volt power outlet, an eight-point digital compass, a three-prong auxiliary household-style outlet that can be used to plug in things such as a power tool or household items such as a TV and PlayStation setup, if you must. You also get manual air-conditioning front and rear, front and rear, auxiliary lighting, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror and 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity. LT models include cruise control as standard, as well as lane-departure warning, a tilting steering column, and remote keyless entry. The available myGMC app allows the owner to lock and unlock the vehicle and also allows for maintenance visits to be scheduled online, and the front pair of seats can be optionally equipped with six-way power adjustment.

        Infotainment

        As with the features list, the infotainment system offered on the 2021 GMC Savana Passenger Van is basic, to say the least. There’s no display screen, and you only get basic offerings such as AM/FM stereo with an MP3 player, channeling sound through two front door speakers. Optional extras include SiriusXM satellite radio, a CD player, steering-wheel-mounted controls, a USB charging port, and Bluetooth streaming. Sadly that’s all there is.

        Savana Passenger Van Safety

        As a commercial car, the GMC Sahara Passenger Van has not been fully tested by either the NHTSA or IIHS, but as they say, ignorance is bliss – the NHTSA has evaluated the van only in rollover tests, for which it scored three stars out of five. Standard safety equipment on the Savana includes six airbags (consisting of two frontal airbags, dual seat-mounted side-impact airbags for driver and front passenger as well as side curtain airbags for the first three rows), steel door beams, and available forward-collision alert, keyless entry, and lane-departure warning, which is standard on LT models. LATCH child seat restraints are also available.

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    Year: 2021
    Make: GMC
    Model: Savana
    Body Style: Van Passenger
    Transmission: Automatic
    Location: North Hollywood
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    Excludes first-month payment, registration, acquisition fees, DMV, smog & Documentation Fees

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