2010 GMC Savana Review
This review was written when the 2010 GMC Savana was new.
The 2010 GMC Savana offers buyers plenty of functionality, but not too many frills.
Some vans are made to get down to business, and the 2010 GMC Savana is one of them. Kelley Blue Book calls the Savana "a favorite of small business owners and working people everywhere," and adds: "No pickup or SUV can match the Savana's cargo-hauling capabilities, nor can they be so easily retrofitted to serve specific needs. Be it a rolling carpenter shop or a 15-passenger transport, the Savana serves an important role in an ever-more-mobile society."
It's clear the Savana is all about work, whether the job is transporting a large group of people or transporting cargo. As a result, this truck-based van has a basic interior and its ride isn't as comfortable as what you'd find in a minivan. While the Savana (along with most passenger vans) isn't the best choice for a family vehicle, it excels at towing and hauling big loads thanks to its three available V8 engines. Its voluminous interior can be used to haul up to 15 people or a small apartment's worth of furniture.
Other Vans to Consider
While the Savana is a strong work partner, so is almost every other van in this class. If you're looking at the Savana, be sure to check out the Chevy Express as well. The two vans are nearly identical. Their starting prices are the same, but you may be able to save some money if the Chevy dealer is more flexible than the GMC dealer, or vice versa. If you have more to spend -- $10,000 more, to be exact -- check out the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. It has a lot more cargo space than the Savana and reviewers praise its European driving dynamics, which are more agile than the Savana's.
If you need space, but not necessarily power, check out the Ford Transit Connect. Though it's smaller than the Savana and offers only very light towing abilities, it still provides more cargo room than most minivans and large SUVs. Plus, its smaller dimensions make it easier to drive and it boasts innovative business tools that GMC just doesn't offer. Finally, the Transit Connect starts at about $3,000 less than the Savana and gets much better gas mileage.
Details: The GMC Savana
The GMC Savana is available in 1500, 2500 and 3500 models. The 2500 and 3500 models are beefier, which gives them bigger towing and hauling capabilities. The 3500 model is also available with an extended wheelbase, which increases cargo and seating capacity.
For 2010, the Savana's engines become flex-fuel capable, and the 2500 and 3500 models get a new six-speed automatic transmission. Two trims are available on the Savana: LS and LT. LS trims are geared for fleet sales, so standard features are few, but include things like an AM/FM stereo and air conditioning. LT models add power windows and door locks, as well as heating and cooling for the back rows of seats.
- "GM's full-size vans have long toiled in the shadow of Ford's E-series, but a broad range of powertrain choices and equip-to-suit cargo accessories keep them in the hunt. Primarily designed for commercial use, they're also available in passenger capacities ranging from 8 to 15." -- Car and Driver
- "What have managed to remain intact are the 2010 Savana's core strengths -- most notably, its voluminous interior that can accommodate up to 15 passengers. This makes it ideal for companies, churches and schools that need to transport plenty of passengers and cargo -- short of buying a bus." -- Edmunds
- "If you have a business and need a substantial amount of room for tools or storage, the … GMC Savana is hard to top." -- Kelley Blue Book