1996 GMC G1500

  • 1996 GMC G1500 Savana Cargo Van

    Savana Cargo Van

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      4.3L V6
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  • 1996 GMC G1500 Savana Passenger Van

    Savana Passenger Van

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    • ENGINE
      4.3L V6
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1996 GMC G1500 Review

A powerful, spacious cargo hauler.

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The 1996 GMC G1500 is a full-size van with both cargo and passenger options. It's almost the same as the G2500 and G3500, beyond the different payload capacity due to some minor differences in design and engine power. It's also the lowest price option. Although it's still a very powerful van that can haul large amounts of cargo, it doesn't have the same capacity as the more powerful G2500 or G3500.

The GMC G1500 is the best value as a passenger van in the G-Series. The payload a passenger van carries is usually far less than a cargo van. As a result, the more powerful engines in the other models are of less benefit. It still makes a respectable cargo hauler as well, but only for drivers who don't plan to exceed the maximum payload.

The Range

Body Styles: van Engines: 4.3-liter six-cylinder, 5.0-liter V-8, 5.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: GMC Savana G1500

What's New

The 1996 GMC G1500 is part of a redesign of an older line of GMC vans and now falls under the ?Savana? name brand.


The GMC G1500 is a full-size van that measures 218.8 inches long and has a wheelbase of 135 inches. It's the same size as the G2500 and G3500. Chrome bumpers and a camper towing package are also available as optional features.


The 1996 GMC G1500 has a massive interior that can be devoted to passenger seating or cargo space. Depending on what it's used for, seats can be added or removed. An AM/FM radio is the only really notable standard feature. A cassette player, premium audio system, cruise control, power windows, power locks, rear heater, air-conditioning, and dual-zone air-conditioning are available as optional features. Moreover, the interior is identical to the G2500 and G3500.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 GMC G1500 has about average performance for a van its size and is equipped with a 4.3-liter six-cylinder engine. Acceleration and handling, while not particularly exceptional, are solid enough. The performance does not suffer too much when loaded down, although the more powerful G2500 and G3500 can outpace it with similar-sized loads. Any Consumer familiar with driving a full-size van is not going to be surprised by the drive quality. However, if they're used to minivans and passenger vehicles are likely to find the G1500 a bit sluggish and cumbersome but still drivable.


The 1996 GMC G1500 has a driver airbag and four-wheel anti-lock brakes as standard equipment.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC G1500: 13/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Standard four-wheel anti-lock brakes
  • Powerful engine
  • Best value as a passenger vehicle in the Savana lineup

You Won't Like

  • Not as powerful at G2500 or G3500

Sum Up

A powerful, spacious cargo hauler.

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