2010 GMC Savana

Interior


$8,127 - $11,111

2010 GMC Savana Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2010 GMC Savana was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.6

The GMC Savana has a basic interior, but in this class, that's normal. While the features list is short, cargo is on par with most vans in the class -- except the gargantuan Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.  

  • "The Savana's vast interior can be configured to seat up to 15 people, or it can be outfitted to provide storage racks suitable for holding equipment and hardware." -- Kelley Blue Book

Seating

The Savana passenger van is all about hauling people, while the cargo van is all about hauling stuff. As a result, regular-length passenger vans can seat up to 12 people. Opt for the extended-length passenger van and that capacity increases to 15. Each of the rear seats has three sets of connecters for child safety seats. Cargo vans only seat two people, but that leaves a lot more room for stuff.

While passenger vans are built to move people, most reviewers say you shouldn't expect the seating to be luxurious or plush. They say the seats are comfortable but basic. A few complain that the front seats need more space -- that's because the Savana's somewhat stubby hood means that the engine is pushed closer to the passenger cabin.

  • "Commercial or passenger model, wide-bottom front-door openings aid entry and exit, though step-in is a bit lofty. Front footwells are long but not that wide, though there's plenty of legroom. . . Passenger models offer generous room in all positions and firm, supportive seats." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Because of the forward placement of the front seats, the front wheel humps intrude on the footwells, reducing space and comfort.  … Rear passengers fare better, with the optional 60/40-split driver-side doors making access to the rear seats much easier. The standard configuration seats 12, and depending on the model, eight- and 15-passenger layouts are also available." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Interior features on the Savana are basic, as this van is built for work, not play. Standard features on LS trims include air conditioning and an AM/FM stereo. You can upgrade to stereos with CD changers. Remote start is available and may be a helpful feature for buyers in cold areas. LT models add conveniences like power windows and door locks as well as heating and cooling for the back rows of seats.

While some buyers may not mind the Savana's down-to-business features list, you should know that the Ford Transit Connect  and the Ford E-Series offer a number of innovative tools for business. These include an in-car computer than can track and print invoices, as well as track other vehicles in a fleet (in the Ford Transit Connect). The fleet tracking can monitor a vehicle's location, which is handy for dispatching workers to a job. The system can also track idle time and fuel use, which can help save small businesses money. Since the Transit Connect starts at a lower price than the Savana, adding those features shouldn't break the bank. However, the Transit Connect has less cargo space and isn't as powerful as the Savana. The Ford E-Series, however, has capabilities and price in line with the Savana, and more work-friendly tech tools.

Cargo

The Savana's cargo space is similar to the space offered by competitors like the Ford E-Series and Chevrolet Express, and is more than what's offered in the Ford Transit Connect. However, the space is dwarfed by the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, which has almost 100 cubic feet more of cargo space than the Savana. When the Sprinter is ordered with a tall roof, it has over 200 more cubic feet than the Savana. You'll pay for that space, however -- the Sprinter costs almost $10,000 more than the GMC. Several reviewers say the Sprinter also offers a more useful cargo area, though a few appreciate the wide-swinging rear doors and the split rear driver's side doors.

Standard-length Savanas provide 225 cubic feet of cargo space. Extended-length vans have 261 cubic feet of space. Cargo and passenger vans have the same amount of space, but the rear seats need to be removed in the passenger van to reach maximum cargo capacity. A number of shelving and cargo containment options are available from dealers for the cargo van.

  • "The wide-opening rear cargo doors ease loading. The 60/40 split driver-side doors are a helpful addition, as is the new driver-side access panel on cargo models."-- Consumer Guide
  • "Less interior space than the Sprinter van, no tall-roof option." -- Edmunds
  • "The[Mercedes Benz] Sprinter makes far better use of its interior space." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "That's about the same cargo capacity as the E-Series, but pales in comparison with the Sprinter's 318 cubic feet of interior volume." -- Cars.com

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