1997 GMC G1500

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1997 GMC G1500 Review

Perfect for hauling people or cargo.

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Overview

The 1997 GMC Savana G1500 is a full-size van with cargo and passenger options and is almost the same vehicle as the G2500 and the G3500. The main distinguishing feature between the different G-Series vans is the engine. While still powerful in its own right, the G1500 does not offer the same level of power available to the other two models. Beyond the size and power of the engine, the Savana model ranges are largely identical in appearance, size, and features. While less powerful, the G1500 comes with the lowest price tag. Even the better equipped G1500 SLE tends to cost less than the base version of the G2500.

The GMC G1500 has enough power to be a good cargo hauler, while the extra power from the G2500 and G3500 is only necessary for heavier loads. Most drivers are going to find it more than adequate. Passenger vans rarely carry enough weight to strain the power. Many drivers looking for a passenger van are likely to find the lower price tag more attractive than the slightly higher acceleration found in the G2500 and G3500. In either case, it's a solid, full-size van that is well worth considering, regardless of whether drivers are looking for a cargo hauler or a passenger vehicle.

The Range

Body Styles: van
Engines: 4.3-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: GMC Savana G1500, GMC Savana G1500 SLE

What's New

The 1997 GMC G1500 now comes with speed sensitive steering, whereas chrome wheels also become available as an optional feature. The keyless entry system is redesigned, including the keychain fob design. The automatic transmission has been redesigned to offer better fuel economy.

Exterior

The GMC G1500 is a full-size van that measures 218.8 inches long with a wheelbase of 135 inches and has the same size as the G2500 and G3500. Optional features include chrome wheels, alloy wheels, and a camper towing package.

Interior

The 1997 GMC G1500 is identical to the G2500 and G3500 and has a massive interior that can be devoted to passenger seating or cargo space. An AM/FM radio is the only standard feature on all models, whereas optional features include a cassette player, CD player, cruise control, power windows, power locks, rear heater, air-conditioning, and dual-zone air-conditioning.

Performance & Handling

The 1997 GMC G1500 has about average performance for a van its size. Acceleration and handling, while not particularly exceptional, are solid under the right circumstances. The performance does not suffer too much when loaded down, and any driver familiar with driving a full-size van is not going to be surprised. However, drivers more familiar with mini-vans and other smaller vehicles are likely to find it to be slower and more cumbersome to control.

Safety

The 1997 GMC G1500 has dual front airbags, traction control, and four-wheel anti-lock brakes as standard equipment for all models.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC G1500: 14/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Standard four-wheel anti-lock brakes
  • Powerful engine

You Won't Like

  • Not as powerful as GMC G2500 or G3500
  • Poor gas mileage

Sum Up

Perfect for hauling people or cargo.

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