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2005 GMC Savana Review

An ideal van for commercial use.

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The GMC Savana is a full-size passenger or cargo van. It is assembled in Wentzville, Missouri with its twin from Chevrolet, the Express, which is sometimes also called the Chevrolet Savana. Currently in its second generation, starting with the models made in 2003, the Savana is primarily sold as a commercial or fleet vehicle, though consumer-based models are available. All models have three or four doors with a font engine and rear- or four-wheel-drive layout. To accommodate a wide range of uses, each model year GMC releases a large selection of Savana models from extended 15-seat models and extended cargo vans, to shorter 12-passenger versions and short cargo setups.

The GMC Savana is a popular, commercial work-utility van, but also it can also well as an airport or hotel passenger shuttle.

The Range

Body Styles: van, cargo van
Engines: 4.3-liter V-6, 4.8-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic with overdrive
Models: GMC Savana Van 1500, GMC Savana Van 2500, GMC Savana Van 3500, GMC Savana Cargo Van 1500, GMC Savana Cargo Van 2500, GMC Savana Cargo Van 3500

What's New

The GMC Savana underwent its first major makeover in 2003, models since have seen few changes. The only significant addition is standard StabiliTrak on the 12-passenger 2005 GMC Savana models.


The 2005 GMC Savana, along with its Chevrolet Express counterpart, is the quintessential model for a van. It is obviously built more for function than for style. GMC Savana models have a flat, wide grille, square headlights, a slightly protruding hood area, and a boxy frame. All models have 16-inch wheels standard. Regular models are 224.1 inches long, extended versions are 244.1 inches long, all models are 79.4 inches wide, and model heights start at 81.6 inches, with taller models available.


The 2005 GMC Savana’s interior is very nondescript. It comes with standard cloth upholstery, a simple but convenient control configuration, and the driver and passengers sit high within the van. Standard passenger models seat 12, while the extended passenger models seat up to 15 occupants. All cargo models seat a maximum of two people. Some of the 2005 GMC Savana’s interior options include OnStar and Radio Data System technology.

Performance & Handling

Ranging in power from an adequate 196-hp engine for smaller payloads, up to powerful 300-hp models, the GMC Savana lineup gives drivers plenty of options. In addition, drivers can choose natural gas, gaseous fuel compatible, or a regular gas engine on the more powerful models. While power is not a problem, handling and maneuvering in traffic can be an issue, especially on the larger models that lack rack-and-pinion steering. The light-duty models use rack-and-pinion steering for better agility and have modified front and rear suspension. Visibility can be an issue, especially on models that do not come with the rear-side windows.


The 2005 GMC Savana lineup comes with all-disc anti-lock brakes and daytime running lights. However, side-impact airbags are not available.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC Savana Van: 13/18 mpg city/highway
GMC Savana Cargo Van: 14/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Roomy interior for passenger models
  • Cargo space for cargo models
  • Powerful V-8 options
  • Varied fuel options
  • Towing capacity

You Won't Like

  • Fuel efficiency
  • Maneuverability
  • Stability
  • Handling
  • Noise

Sum Up

An ideal van for commercial use.

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