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2012 GMC Savana 1500 Overview

The 2012 GMC Savana 1500, a close relative to the Chevrolet Express 1500, is the quarter-ton, light-duty cargo and passenger van of the GMC Savana family.

The Savana 1500 passenger van seats up to eight, and comes in both rear- and all-wheel drive.  A compressed natural gas engine type is a new option for 2012.

The rear-wheel drive cargo version of the Savana 1500 has a 195-horsepower, 4.3-liter, V-6 engine, 260 pounds/feet of torque.  An all-wheel drive version is also available, and shares the same engine type as both the rear- and all-wheel drive passenger van, equipped with a 310-horsepower, 5.3-liter, V-8 gas/ethanol E85 engine, with 334 pounds/feet of torque. The compressed natural gas (CNG) option has a 279-horsepower, 6.0-liter, V8 engine, with 320 pounds/feet of torque.  The four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive features a tow/haul mode and internal transmission oil cooler. Fuel economy ratings for the Savana 1500 are 13 to 15 mpg in the city and 17 to 20 mpg on the highway.

The cargo vans have a maximum towing capacity of 6700 pounds and passenger vans have a maximum towing capacity of 6200 pounds.  The Savana 1500 comes with a four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, four-wheel disc brakes and antilock braking system.

Available features include a towing package and trailer hitch receiver, sliding passenger door, a chrome appearance package and aluminum wheels.  Remote keyless entry, power doors and windows, daytime running lamps, and power-heated rearview mirrors are also available. A driver-side swing out door may be added for easy access to cargo, or to increase passenger loading and unloading.

Front air conditioning comes standard on all Savana 1500 models, and rear heating and air conditioning is available to increase passenger comfort.  Front reclining seats, a power seat adjuster, and cloth seating, and a leather wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio controls are also available.  Entertainment options include an AM/FM stereo with CD/MP3 player, USB port and six speakers.  SiriusXM Radio, with three-month trial subscription, and Bluetooth wireless connectivity may be added to enhance entertainment and functionality.

Safety features include frontal airbags for driver and front passenger, and head curtain side-impact airbags for the first, second and third row of passenger seating.  Traction and stability control, a tire pressure monitoring system, side steel door beams, a theft-deterrent system, and power door locks with lockout protection provide additional safety and security. The available OnStar system provides turn-by-turn navigation, emergency services, automatic crash response, roadside assistance, and a host of safety and convenience features, and includes a free six-month subscription.

The 2012 GMC Savana 1500 offers multiple configurations and engine types, and available standard and optional features make it a solid choice for a reliable work van, or light duty passenger van.  

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 13 - 15 MPG
  • Highway: 17 - 20 MPG