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1996 GMC G2500

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1996 GMC G2500 Review

Has everything it takes to give the Ford van a run for its money.

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The 1996 GMC G2500 is a passenger/cargo van manufactured by General Motors and is part of the Savana line of full-size vans, which replaces the GMC Vandura G-Series. It represents a half-ton van as per the G-Series nomenclature, which is still used to differentiate between different models of the Savana. It shares most of its attributes with its Chevrolet sibling, the Express van. Both vans are almost identical, except for the differences in badges and some exterior design elements.

The Range

Body Styles: cargo/passenger van
Engines: 4.3-liter V-6, 5.0-liter V-8, 5.7-liter V-8, 7.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: GMC G2500

What's New

The 1996 GMC G2500 is part of the all-new Savana lineup, which replaces the older series of GMC vans, and is a fully redesigned version of GMC’s former Rally Wagon. It now has a new line of engines and several different functional improvements, giving it an edge over its competitors that are yet to upgrade the design. This new version is also bigger than the previous GMC G-Series.


The 1996 GMC G2500 regular size models have a wheelbase of 135 inches and a total length of 219 inches. The extended size models have a wheelbase of 155 inches and length of 239 inches. The new Savana is quite a departure from the outdated design of the older GMC vans with flush door handles and glass, side impact guard beams, and hidden hinges for the doors.

The 1996 GMC G2500's rear doors can open up to 180 degrees for easy unloading and loading. The side doors are 60/40 hinged doors, but a sliding door is available on one side too. It now has full-frame construction, and the bulbous and rounded styling is similar to the more corporate look of traditional GMC trucks.


The 1996 GMC G2500 is available in several interior configurations. If a cargo van is chosen, then two bucket seats are placed in the front row, and 267 cubic feet of empty cargo space is available at the back. The maximum space increases to 317 cubic feet when the extended size models are chosen. The passenger versions are available in three different configurations. The first two are available with the regular size model and have eight- and 12-passenger arrangements.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 GMC G2500 comes with a 4.3-liter V-6 as standard, delivering 200 horsepower. An optional five-liter V-8 is available that delivers 220 horsepower. The extended size model gets a 5.7-liter V-8 that delivers 255 horsepower, and the biggest engine available is a 7.4-liter V-8 that delivers 290 horsepower. It offers a better ride, stability, and handling than the G-Series it is replacing. The V-6 engine lacks the power for propelling it unless it is empty, but all the V-8 engines do a splendid job in powering the van at full load.


The 1996 GMC G2500 doesn't have any crash test data available.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC G2500, 4.3-liter V-6, cargo/passenger: 14/17 mpg city/highway
GMC G2500, five-liter V-8, cargo: 13/17 mpg city/highway
GMC G2500, 5.7-liter V-8, cargo: 12/16 mpg city/highway
GMC G2500, five-liter V-8, passenger: 11/16 mpg city/highway
GMC G2500, 5.7-liter V-8, passenger: 12/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Spacious cabin
  • Good looking exterior design
  • Powerful V-8 engines
  • Easy loading and unloading

You Won't Like

  • Underpowered base V-6 engine
  • Lack of refinement

Sum Up

Has everything it takes to give the Ford van a run for its money.

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