The 2022 GMC Savana full-size van comes in Cargo, Passenger, and Cutaway forms. The 2022 GMC Savana Cargo Van is designed with an available Passenger-Side Door to make side loading and unloading effortless. The convenience of this sliding side door makes it easy to access and unload cargo.

For 2022, the GMC Savana is only available in one trim level. Being a workhorse, the feature list is limited and only includes manual air conditioning, a basic audio system, and some other basic creature comforts. GMC, however, does offer three engine options, including the recently launched 6.6-liter V8 engine.

The optional Power Convenience package adds power windows and power door locks. Although the feature list might seem drab at first, there are some modern additions like Wi-Fi hotspot, satellite radio, and more.

The 2022 GMC Savana 2500 Cargo Van is available in only one trim level so there is no choice left there. However, you have a choice of either a regular or extended wheelbase, but the latter is recommended for the practicality on offer. Out of the three available engines, the recently launched 6.6L V-8 is the one to go for.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

GMC offers the Savana a wide range of powertrains. Both the passenger and the cargo versions of the van come standard with a 276-hp 4.3-liter V-6, but we recommend the optional 401-hp 6.6-liter V-8. The most expensive engine available is a 2.8-liter Duramax diesel making 181 horsepower.

It’s only a four-cylinder, but it pumps out an impressive 369 pound-feet of torque. Still, vans with the V-8 can pull and haul more weight. While the V-6 and the diesel engines get a more modern eight-speed automatic transmission; the V-8s are still paired with an antiquated but durable six-speed automatic.

The 2500 or 3500 version of the Savana passenger van with the standard-length wheelbase offers the highest tow rating when equipped with the 6.6-liter V-8 and the optional trailering equipment package.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

Because of the GMC Savana’s classification, it doesn’t receive a fuel-economy rating from the EPA. This is also the case with GMC’s heavy-duty 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Inside, the 2022 GMC Savana is all about function. Its interior offers large, comfortable seats and a basic dashboard design with durable black plastics and ergonomic control placement. The passenger van comes standard with seating for 12 but extended-wheelbase models can transport 15.

The base LS trim level gets front and rear air conditioning, power windows, power locks, an AM/FM audio system with MP3, cruise control, and a tilt steering wheel. The upper LT trim adds a few luxuries such as keyless entry.

Cargo versions of the Savana offer as much as 287 cubic feet of cargo space; however, unlike high-roof versions of some competitors, tall users cannot stand up inside the Savana comfortably. Cargo vans come raw, with bare cargo areas for easy customization to fit your needs.

GMC does offer some shelving and other storage solutions, as well as a sliding side door or two doors that swing-out. Unlike modern minivans, all Savanas only have a cargo or loading door on the passenger side.

Infotainment and Connectivity

If you’re expecting the same level of infotainment technology and connectivity as GMC offers in its pickups, you’re going to be disappointed. The standard Savana doesn’t even have a touchscreen in its dashboard, but a touchscreen with navigation is offered for the passenger van.

A Wi-Fi hotspot and Bluetooth are offered on both models, as is my GMC mobile app, which allows you to lock and unlock your vehicle from your smartphone. The app also allows you to schedule and manage dealer maintenance visits.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

GMC offers a basic list of driver-assistance technology on the 2022 model; however, two of them are included only in the more expensive LT trim level: forward-collision alert and lane-departure warning. Side blind-spot monitoring is also available, while a backup camera is standard.

For more information about 2022 GMC Savana‘s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.

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2022 GMC Savana

2022 GMC Savana

2022 GMC Savana

2022 GMC Savana

2022 GMC Savana

Full Specifications

Models 2022 GMC Savana 2500 Cargo Van 2022 Ford Transit T-250 LR 2022 Ram ProMaster 2500 LR 2022 Nissan NV2500HD Standard Roof S
MSRP $34,295 $37,915 $37,615 $33,035
Engine 4.3L, Naturally Aspirated V-6 3.5L, Naturally Aspirated V-6 3.6L, Naturally Aspirated V-6 4.0l, Naturally Aspirated V-6
Drivetrain RWD RWD RWD RWD
Transmission 8-speed automatic 10-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 5-speed automatic
Power (hp @ RPM) 276 @ 5,200 275 @ 6,500 280 @ 6,400 261 @ 5,600
Torque (lb-ft @ RPM) 298 @ 3,900 262 @ 3,750 260 @ 4,400 281 @ 4,000
0-60 MPH (sec) 8.4 8.0 8.1 9.4
Quarter-Mile (sec) 16.8 16.5 16.2 16.6
Top-Speed (MPH) 109 115 112 102
Payload Capacity (lbs) 3,507 3,780 4,256 3,293
Towing Capacity (lbs) 7,400 5,300 6,800 2,000

 

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