2008 GMC Savana Interior
This interior review was written when the 2008 GMC Savana was new.
The interior of the 2008 GMC Savana is designed for utility, not style, but seats are comfortable and there's more than adequate space for hauling cargo. "The Savana's interior is built for pure functionality," says Edmunds, "and while it may not be pretty, it gets the job done." However, they also feel that the Savana has "bland cabin design" and "less interior space than what's available for Dodge's van." And Kelley Blue Book says, "Newer vans, such as Dodge's diesel-powered Sprinter, make better use of their interior space."
The number of seats in the Passenger trims varies depending on what configuration the buyer chooses, with capacity for 8, 12 and even 15 occupants. The seats are comfortable and there's plenty of space. The front row gets good reviews. "Front footwells are long but not that wide," says Consumer Guide, "though there's plenty of leg space. Relatively compact engine housings leave sufficient walk-through space to the rear." Edmunds only has a small complaint: "It takes a little climbing to get into the Savana's driver seat, but the step-in is low and there is plenty of room in the front footwells." They add, "Sitting so far forward gives you excellent visibility over the road." The remaining rows offer good accommodations for passengers. Consumer Guide says, "Passenger models offer generous room in all positions and firm, supportive seats."
The set of standard features on the 2008 GMC Savana Passenger vans is not terribly large. It includes an AM/FM stereo with two speakers, power windows and air conditioning. There are a number of options available, however. Some optional features include AM/FM radio with an in-dash six-CD changer, MP3 playback, speed-compensated volume, digital audio input and four speakers; remote power door locks with keyless entry and lock-out protection; rear air conditioning with heater; and an eight-point digital compass located in the driver information center. Edmunds likes the way that the Savana's dashboard is laid out: "All controls are simple to use and well within reach of the driver."
Cargo space is plentiful in the 2008 GMC Savana. The maximum cargo area without seats in place is 217 cubic feet in regular models and "a whopping 316 cubic feet on extended models -- tops among big vans," says Consumer Guide. Even with seats in place, there is ample storage room. Edmunds says, "Opening the dual rear doors reveals a large cargo hold behind the third-row seat, offering far more room than any full-size seven-passenger SUV has left after every seat is in place." Kelley Blue Book adds, "If you have a business and need a substantial amount of room for tools or storage, the Savana is hard to top." However, recent larger models of the Dodge Sprinter are offering serious competition with cargo space as high as 600 cubic feet.