2012 GMC Savana Interior
This interior review was written when the 2012 GMC Savana was new.
The GMC Savana doesn’t come with many standard features, but in this class, that's normal. While the standard features list is short, there are many available upgrades, though adding them can make the Savana very expensive. The price tag of a fully-loaded, extended-wheelbase Savana 3500 with a diesel engine and seating for 15 is more than $50,000.
- "With versatile interiors, they can accommodate a slew of passengers, a tremendous amount of cargo, or a combination of each.” -- Kelley Blue Book
Regular-length Savana passenger vans can seat between eight and 12 people, while extended-length models can seat up to 15. Cargo vans come standard with two seats. Each of the rear seats has three sets of connecters for child safety seats. The only other passenger vans with 15 seatbelts are the Ford E-Series and the Chevrolet Express, the GMC Savana’s corporate sibling.
While passenger vans are built to move people, most reviewers say you shouldn't expect the seating to be luxurious or plush. The seats in the Savana are comfortable, but basic. A few complain that the front seats need more legroom because the engine intrudes into the front footwells.
- "It can be configured to hold up to fifteen passengers, making it an ideal vehicle for transporting a church group or a kids' soccer team, and it offers comfortable leg room even when the number of riders swells into the double digits.” -- Automobile Magazine
- "Commercial or passenger model, wide-bottom front-door openings aid entry and exit, though step-in is a bit lofty. Front footwells are long but not that wide, though there's plenty of legroom. Passenger models offer generous room in all positions and firm, supportive (front) seats." -- Consumer Guide
- "Because of the forward placement of the front seats, the front wheel humps intrude on the footwells, reducing space and comfort. Rear passengers fare better, with the optional 60/40-split driver-side doors making access to the rear seats much easier.” -- Edmunds
Interior features on the GMC Savana are basic, as this van is built for work, not play. Standard features on LS trims include front air conditioning and an AM/FM stereo. LT models add conveniences like power windows and door locks as well as heating and cooling for the back rows of seats. You can also opt for a dealer-installed mobile Wi-Fi hotspot in your Savana, but you’ll pay a lot for this feature.
While some buyers may not mind the Savana's sparse features list, you should know that the Ford Transit Connect and the Ford E-Series offer Ford’s Work Solutions system, which includes a number of innovative tools for businesses. An in-vehicle computer prints invoices and keeps track of tools and other vehicles in a company fleet. The system can also record fuel use and how much time the truck spent idling, which can help save small businesses money.
- “Inspired by models like the Sierra pickup, the … GMC Savana's dash and instrument panel has a simple yet contemporary appearance and an intuitive, user-friendly layout.” -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Controls are well placed and easily operated, but they'll never win an award for style.” -- Edmunds
The most cargo an extended-wheelbase model of a GMC Savana can hold is 284.4 cubic feet, while standard-length Savanas can hold a maximum of 239.7 cubic feet of cargo. Cargo and passenger vans have the same amount of space, but the rear seats need to be removed in the passenger van to reach maximum cargo capacity.
The Savana's cargo space is similar to the space offered by competitors like the Ford E-Series, and is more than what's offered in the Ford Transit Connect. However, the Savana’s interior space is dwarfed by the maximum capacity of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. Mercedes Sprinter vans can carry up to 547 cubic feet of cargo in high-roof, extended-wheelbase models.
- "The wide-opening rear cargo doors ease loading. The 60/40 split driver-side doors are a helpful addition, as is the new driver-side access panel on cargo models." -- Consumer Guide