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2001 GMC Savana

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2001 GMC Savana Review

A van suited to hauling cargo or for use as a work van.

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The 2001 GMC Savana comes with a standard 4.3-liter, V-6 engine paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. The LT model has a 5.7-liter, V-8 engine, also paired with the four-speed automatic transmission. With all of the extra features on the LT, it is worth the extra price. One outstanding feature of this van is the universal remote transmitter.

The Range

Body Styles: passenger van, cargo van
Engines: 4.3-liter V-6, 5.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: GMC Savana, GMC Savana LT

What's New

A new, more powerful V-8 engine is available, while audio systems and locks on the doors and ignition are improved this year. Alternators are made quieter and the new brake pads are longer lasting.


Standard interior features for the 2001 GMC Savana include a swing out opening 1/4 rear door and manual sunshades for rear side windows. 15-inch steel wheels with all-season tires are also standard, as are a rear barn door and a full-size steel spare wheel/tire. The LT also comes with privacy glass, a trailer hitch, trailer wiring, and power, heated mirrors.


Bucket front seats, two front headrests, two rear headrests, front cup holders, a digital clock, and 12v power outlets come standard on both models of the 2001 GMC Savana.

The base model includes vinyl upholstery, front air conditioning, and an AM/FM stereo with four speakers. The LT comes with six-way power driver and passenger seats, premium cloth seats, front and rear air conditioning, and an AM/FM/CD stereo with 12 Bose speakers. Other standard features for the LT include one-touch power down windows, leather tilt steering wheel, and compass. An electro chromatic rearview mirror, dual illuminating vanity mirrors, and external temperature display is also standard. A video monitor with audio/video input and a video cassette recorder comes standard as well.

Performance & Handling

The 4.3-liter, V-6 engine is capable of producing 200 horsepower, while the 5.7-liter, V-8 engine, standard on the LT, is capable of producing 255 horsepower. Both vehicles are wheel drive and come with a front independent suspension. Power steering is standard on both models. Cruise control is standard for the LT, but not available on the base model.


Standard safety features for the 2001 GMC Savana include Anti-lock Brake Systems, rear center lap belt, child seat anchors, and rear door child safety locks. Intermittent windshield wipers, a rear defogger, daytime running lights, electronic brake force distribution, and engine immobilizer are other standard features.

The LT also comes with front fog lights, a remote anti-theft alarm system, remote power door locks, and a universal remote transmitter for use with a garage door or security system.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC Savana: 13/16 mpg city/highway, 15 mpg combined
GMC Savana LT: 12/16 mpg city/highway, 14 mpg combined

You'll Like

  • Towing capacity
  • Anti-lock brakes
  • Standard air conditioning

You Won't Like

  • Lack of transmission choices
  • No air bags
  • No rear air conditioning

Sum Up

A van suited to hauling cargo or for use as a work van.

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See the New 2015 Savana.


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