2004 GMC Safari

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2004 GMC Safari Review

The most outstanding features of an SUV in a minivan.

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Overview

The 2004 GMC Safari gives a unique take on the same old minivan. This vehicle offers a lot of what its siblings simply lack. The Safari can tow 3500 pounds, much more than similar models. This power comes with a price though. The Safari drives more like a four-wheel-drive truck than a front-drive minivan. For some drivers, that could be a turn off. For someone who wants a crossover vehicle outside of the SUV class, the Safari could be a good choice.

The Range

Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 4.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: GMC Safari

What's New

An Argent grille on the base marks the only change for the 2004 GMC Safari.

Exterior

There is no doubt about it, the 2004 GMC Safari looks like a truck in minivan form. This model features a boxy front with much the same looks as GMC trucks and the full-size passenger van, the Savana. The base offers a roof rack and the body design looks straight forward with little accent. GMC offers this minivan in several colors, including Light Autumnwood Metallic, Summit White, and Dark Toredor Red Metallic to name a few. Many of the color options come as two-tone choices.

Interior

The Safari from GMC includes several nice features in the cabin. The 2004 GMC Safari includes front bucket seats covered in stylish cloth. The driver’s seat features manually adjustable lumbar support. The front of the cabin has plenty of head and legroom, even for taller passengers. The split rear seat folds while the third-row seat folds in one solid piece. Ventilation ducts sit in the rear of the cabin as well. The Safari comes equipped with power accessories including the door locks and windows. Air-conditioning and cruise control provide standard equipment and the steering wheel is tilt adjustable, providing optimum comfort for the driver. Interior cabin storage doesn’t cause a problem for the 2004 Safari either. The center console, front door pockets, and the back of the front seats accommodate necessities. Cup holders appear throughout the cabin in all three rows. GMC also includes an eight-speaker AM/FM stereo as part of the deal.

Performance & Handling

The 2004 GMC Safari offers plenty of advantages. It has more towing and cargo capacity than just about any other minivan on the market. Note that in order to offer all of that power, some of the driving and riding refinement must be sacrificed. The Safari drives more like a truck or full-size van from GMC than a front-drive minivan. Some drivers may not appreciate this style and prefer a more conventional approach to the minivan. Overall, it makes an ideal compromise between a van and an SUV or truck. If that suits your needs, then this may be the vehicle for you. If not, most people find standard minivans more appropriate for day-to-day driving.

Safety

Minivans often serve families and several safety features come standard on the 2004 GMC Safari for that reason. The Safari includes four-wheel anti-lock brakes, as well as front and rear ventilated disc brakes. Child seat anchors and rear-door child safety locks come standard too. This minivan also comes equipped with front integrated headrests and back height-adjustable headrests, not only for comfort, but to protect the head and neck in the event of an accident. Electronic brake force distribution marks a big selling point for the Safari. Daytime running lights, an engine immobilizer, and auto delay-off headlamps improve safety as well. Speaking of headlights, these also are dusk-sensing for added security. In addition to the standard seat belts, the center rear seat has a lap belt.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC Safari: 14/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Lots of torque with the V-6 engine
  • Offers eight passenger seats
  • A trailer rating of 3500 pounds

You Won't Like

  • Lacks refinement
  • Unimpressive fuel economy
  • Large engine cover makes small foot wells

Sum Up

The most outstanding features of an SUV in a minivan.

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