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2001 GMC Safari Review

A well rounded family ride.

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The 2001 GMC Safari comes with two body styles and six sub models that have 4.3-liter, V-6 engines paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. One outstanding feature of this van is the remote keyless entry with panic alarm feature.

The Range

Body Styles: minivan, passenger van
Engines: 4.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: GMC Safari SL 2WD, GMC Safari SL 4WD, GMC Safari SLT 2WD, GMC Safari SLE 2WD, GMC Safari SLT 4WD, GMC Safari SLE 4WD

What's New

The 4.3-liter, V-6 engine has been enhanced for this model year. Door locks have also been improved and remote keyless entry is now standard for passenger van models.


The 2001 GMC Safari includes standard exterior features for all models, such as a body-colored rear bumper, rear step bumper, monotone paint, fixed antenna, halogen headlights, fixed rear window, split swing-out cargo door, 15-inch wheels, and a compact steel spare tire.

The SL models come with light tinted windows, dual manual mirrors, argent grille trim, and silver styled steel wheels. The other models come with deep tinted windows, dual power mirrors, chrome grille trim, chrome styled steel wheels, and a roof rack.


Standard features for the 2001 GMC Safari include air conditioning with under seat ducts, front bucket seats, four-way driver and passenger seats, fixed front head restraints, dome light, cargo light, day-night rearview mirror, and retained accessory power. The SL models seat two and come with vinyl upholstery, while the SLT and SLE models seat eight and come with cloth upholstery. Other standard features for the SLT and SLE include a tilt steering wheel, driver lumbar support, full bench rear seats, front armrests, and two adjustable rear head restraints. The SL models come with an AM/FM stereo with six speakers, fixed rear windows, and front map lights. SLT and SLE models come with an AM/FM/CD stereo, featuring eight speakers and automatic equalizer with audio theft deterrent, front power windows, and front and rear map lights.

The SLT and SLE models also have dual auxiliary visors, compass, trip computer, exterior temperature display, driver and passenger vanity mirrors, and speed sensitive volume controls.

Performance & Handling

All 2001 GMC Safari models have a front short and long arm suspension and a leaf rear suspension with leaf springs. The front suspension is supported with coil springs in the 2WD models, and with torsion bar front springs in the 4WD models. The steering is recirculating ball steering. A front-anti roll bar is standard, as is a compact steel spare tire. Locking/limited slip differential is optional for all models. Cruise control is standard on all models except for the SL.


The NHTSA gives the 2001 GMC Safari four out of five stars for front passenger impact and three out of five stars for driver front impact and rollover resistance. The IIHS gives this vehicle a poor overall rating.

Each model has Anti-lock Brake Systems, driver and passenger front airbags, height adjustable seat belts, rear child safety door locks, variable intermittent windshield wipers, daytime running lights, and ignition disable. Remote trunk release, illuminated entry, remote keyless entry with panic alarm, and power door locks are standard on all models except for the SL.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC Safari SL 2WD: 17/22 mpg city/highway, 20 mpg combined
GMC Safari SL 4WD: 15/20 mpg city/highway, 18 mpg combined
GMC Safari SLT 2WD: 16/21 mpg city/highway, 19 mpg combined
GMC Safari SLE 2WD: 16/21 mpg city/highway, 19 mpg combined
GMC Safari SLT 4WD: 15/19 mpg city/highway,17 mpg combined
GMC Safari SLE 4WD: 15/19 mpg city/highway, 17 mpg combined

You'll Like

  • Airbags
  • Anti-lock brakes
  • Standard air conditioning

You Won't Like

  • Lack of engine choices
  • Lack of transmission choices
  • Standard audio on SL

Sum Up

A well rounded family ride.

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