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GMC Savana Diesel Cargo Van

The 2011 version GMC's workhorse cargo van, the Savana is available with a 6.6 liter V8 Duramax clean diesel engine. Unfortunately GMC hasn't provided that many details about the diesel version of the Savana.

GMC Savana Cargo Diesel Van
GMC Savana Diesel Cargo Van

What GMC has stated is that the Duramax diesel engine option is available on four of the five Savana Cargo van models. There is no diesel engine option for the smallest and cheapest Savana Cargo van model the 1500. The Duramax is available as option on the four larger Savana Cargo vans the 2500 small cargo van, 2500 extended wheelbase, the 3500 and the 3500 extended wheelbase.

The Duramax is GMC's brand-new powerful clean diesel designed to compete with Dodge's Cummins Turbo Diesel. The Duramax is also available in a variety of GMC vehicles including Chevy Express vans, Chevy Silverado pickup trucks, GMC Sierra Pickup trucks and the brand new GMC Denali pickup. Duramax provides 11-percent more fuel efficiency than GMC's previous diesel and delivers more power.

The price range would probably be about the same as that for the diesel Chevy Express. The base price for the Savanas is between $26,000 and $31,000.

A Good All-around Work Van

The rear-wheel drive Savana Cargo is one of the most versatile work vans on the market today. It is loaded with features that are normally associated with pickup trucks and SUVs so the diesel Savana Cargo should be worth the extra price.

One of the top features on the Savana Cargo is the Tow/Haul mode. This feature provides special gearing that makes it easier for the van to pull heavy loads. A tire pressure monitoring system is designed to alert drivers to low tires and other problems.

A locking-rear differential evenly distributes power to both rear wheels by automatically sensing wheel spin. That means the Savana Cargo should have more traction in unpaved areas and on slippery roads. GMC's Stabilitrak electronic stability system is standard on the Savana, which should increase its safety.

All-wheel drive is available on the half-ton version of the Savana Cargo. That would make that van an ideal diesel powered delivery vehicle.

The standard Savana Cargo van comes loaded with features including OnStar Satellite navigation, XM satellite radio, front bucket seats, air conditioning, power steering and a four speed automatic transmission. A slightly upgraded Savana Pro version of the Savana Cargo is available as well.

The standard hauling capacity for the 2500 Savana Cargo van with Duramax Diesel is 2,390 pounds. The extended model of the 2500 can haul 2,171. The 3500 Savana Cargo van with Duramax can haul 3,343 pounds of cargo. The extended version of the 3500 can haul 3,438 pounds of cargo. The cargo volume for the Savana Cargo 2500 or 3500 is 270.4 cubic feet. The cargo volume for the extended Savana Cargo 2500 or 3500 is 313.9 cubic feet.

Therefore the Savana Cargo with Duramax diesel would be a good choice for businesses looking for a basic delivery vehicle. It is not as fancy as the Chevy Express but the Savana Cargo will get the job done.

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