1995 GMC Safari

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1995 GMC Safari Review

Full-size van features with minivan handling and price.

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Overview

The 1995 GMC Safari shows a slight oddity in the minivan market. While it holds its own against other minivans as a family vehicle, it has a few options that typically only show up on full-size vans. A power six-cylinder engine and rear drive come standard. All-wheel drive remains available as an option, as well. Beyond that, Safari buyers also have a cargo van and a camper towing package available as options.

While the GMC Safari provides a solid minivan, it also has a surprising amount of potential as a commercial vehicle. Its muscular nature allows it to carry cargo loads that most minivans cannot handle. The cargo van option gives it exceptional interior space to carry loads at the expense of passenger seating. With better fuel economy and a lower price than full-size vans that normally include these features, some businesses with lighter load requirements might find the Safari an economic choice.

The Range

Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 4.3-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: GMC Safari, GMC Safari SLX, GMC Safari SLE, GMC Safari SLT

What's New

Air-conditioning now comes standard on all 1995 GMC Safari models. Keyless entry adds to the list of options. The regular length is no longer available, so all GMC Safaris now use the measurements of the extended-length Safari from previous model years.

Exterior

Measuring in at 189.8 inches long, with a wheel base of 111 inches, the GMC Safari remains a fairly modest-sized van. Outside the smaller size, the styling has more in common with a full-size van than the typical minivans on the market. A camper towing package, rally wheels, and alloy wheels remain available as options.

Interior

The 1995 GMC Safari offers a large, spacious interior. Air-conditioning and an AM/FM radio come standard on all models. Bucket seats, keyless entry, a cassette player, cruise control, power locks, and power windows comprise the list of options.

The Safari SL, rather unusually, has a cargo option that removes the rear seating. This option might appeal to some commercial users who need a cargo van and would normally have to get a full-size van for that purpose. While smaller, the lower price and better fuel economy of the GMC Safari might tip the scale in its favor for some drivers.

Performance & Handling

The GMC Safari delivers solid performance across the board. The engine proves powerful enough to give it decent acceleration. The handling and maneuverability seem fairly typical for a minivan of this size. The all-wheel drive helps traction significantly in slippery conditions. Rounding out the performance, it includes standard anti-lock brakes, which allow the 1995 GMC Safari to stop effectively, even when loaded with cargo.

Safety

The 1995 GMC Safari comes equipped with dual front airbags and four-wheel anti-lock brakes as the only standard safety features.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC Safari Cargo two-wheel drive: 15/20 mpg city/highway
GMC Safari Passenger two-wheel drive: 15/19 mpg city/highway
GMC Safari Cargo all-wheel drive: 15/20 mpg city/highway
GMC Safari Passenger all-wheel drive: 14/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Cargo option
  • Powerful rear-drive vehicle
  • All-wheel drive available

You Won't Like

  • More oriented with the full-size van market

Sum Up

Full-size van features with minivan handling and price.

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