2017 GMC Savana: The Old Style Still Works

While the white panel van may have a negative connotation in some circles, for many decades this style of van has represented the work vehicle that more companies have used than any other. While most small companies that use this style of van make their money through a skilled labor force they often decorate them with the logos and graphics of their company to be a rolling billboard on the street. The GMC Savana continues to be one of the most admired and utilized work vans on the market today and its large design is perfect for a variety of purposes.

When you need a van that’s been known for many years and offers you the towing capacity of 10,000 pounds, the GMC Savana can’t be beaten. This is a reliable work van that we’ve used for many years to haul people and cargo and it continues to be one of the vans you should consider when you need a new work vehicle for your company. This van can be fitted with seating for 15 or it can be completely empty with only the two front seats in place, which gives you a huge work space for tools and materials.

Although this van has been on the market for many years there are a couple new changes made for the 2017 model year. For starters, the diesel and CNG engine options are no longer offered on this van. There is a new additional option of the spray in cargo liner and some new colors that you can choose for the van you need. These simple changes make it easier for you to enjoy this van as the impressive cargo van that you want for your work you need to do on a daily basis.

There are two different V8 engines that you can choose from for the GMC Savana. First, the base engine is a 4.8-liter model that provides you with 285 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. Second, you see a 6.0-liter engine that gives you more power with 342 horsepower and 373 lb.-ft. of torque. Both of these engines us a six-speed automatic transmission to have the right shifting and power delivery for the Savana. The only drawback to the powertrains for this van is the fact that both are set up as RWD only and don’t offer you an AWD option at all.

When you look to the standard features offered in the Savana you’ll see this is a fairly basic work van. The list of items includes air conditioning, power windows and door locks, manual exterior mirrors, vinyl seats, an auxiliary port in the audio system and the 4G LTE Wi-Fi service through the OnStar system. The passenger models have either a 12 or 15-passenger setup that is covered in cloth upholstery. The safety features you will enjoy include ABS, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, dual front airbags and airbags for the passenger van when the configuration is chosen.

While the Savana can be taken to a variety of up fitter locations and set up exactly the way you want it, this van does offer you some options through the dealership. The larger engine is one option as is a towing package, a locking rear differential, cruise control, an upgraded audio system, a rearview camera and a 6.5-inch touchscreen navigation system. The passenger models can be upgraded with rear air conditioning and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Upfitters can add a variety of items such as work benches, special needs mobility items and other equipment that you can use and make the Savana fit perfectly into your work or personal life.

If you need a great work van for the job you have to get done, the large size and shape of the GMC Savana is a welcome and familiar choice. Let this be the van you choose to drive when you need to get things done and have the right vehicle for the job. Come in and see your nearby GMC dealer and let them show you want the Savana has to offer so that you can enjoy the ride and comfort of this impressive van that will be the right work tool for you.

04.07.17 - GMC Savana

Written by Scott Boyd

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