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2022 GMC Savana Cargo Van Review

Are you looking for a van that offers an ultra-luxurious, feature-packed driving experience? Then, perhaps the 2022 GMC Savana isn’t for you. But, that’s not a negative. This is a van that is aimed squarely at those who want a workhorse — and it ticks all the right boxes in this role.

People Mover?

The 2002 GMC Savana (also marketed under the Chev/Buick badge) is available as a passenger van (the passenger version does offer an adequate number of seats) — so there is a market for it as a family mover. The simplicity of the Savana and its no-nonsense approach will appeal to those with smaller kids, but, at heart, it’s probably best described as a cargo van.


You’re going to be spoiled for choice when it comes to Savana powertrains. The vehicle is available as a base model with a 276-hp 4.3-litre V-6 which is more than enough for most domestic and commercial drivers.

If you’re in search of a van with real pulling power, then the 401-hp 6.6-litre V-8 should meet and exceed your requirements.

The 2.8-litre Duramax diesel provides 181 hp, delivering an impressive 369 pound-feet of torque. But it’s also the priciest in the engine lineup.


The interior of the Savana does offer comfortable seats (standard 12, but extended-wheelbase models can accommodate 15). The dash is Spartan, with black plastic in abundance. But, it does boast an ergonomic design, which makes it pleasant to drive.

Base models offer front and rear air conditioning, power locks and windows, an AM/FM audio system (with MP3), a tilt steering wheel and cruise control. The more expensive LT models boast some bells and whistles, like keyless entry.

The passenger version does offer some basic infotainment options, such as a WiFi hotspot and Bluetooth functionality.

You’re not going to get a touchscreen in the cargo version of the Savana, but the passenger version does offer that nice-to-have feature with navigation functionality. Some safety features are worth noting, such as the Forward-Collision Alert and Available Lane-Departure Warning.

Cargo Space

Cargo versions of the van offer up to 287 cubic feet of space. That interior is bare to allow drivers the space to customize the Savana the way they want.

Both shelving and storage options are varied, which makes customization a breeze. This van shines as a cargo mover and a trade-orientated vehicle. Drivers have the option of a sliding side door or two ‘swing out’ doors at the back.


Canadian buyers can expect to pay between $40,948 and $42,648, depending on which model you fancy.

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