2019 GMC Savana Passenger Prices: MSRP vs Dealer Invoice vs True Dealer Cost
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GMC Savana Prices - How Much is a GMC Savana?
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What's New For 2018?
The only major change for the 2018 GMC Savana is that there is a new 4.3-L V8 engine, which replaces the old 4.8-L V8. The new engine gets 265 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, while the old engine received 285 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The new engine has spark ignition direct injection and a host of other improvements to its combustion. Also, an 8-speed automatic transmission replaces the former 6-speed that the old 4.8-L was paired up with.
The 2018 GMC Savana is available as a passenger, cargo, or cutaway full-size van. It has two different load ratings - the 2500 and 3500. A long wheelbase is available as an option for the 3500.
The 2018 GMC Savana only has two trim levels that you can choose between. The base trim is known as the LS, and this comes with the new standard 4.3-L engine and 8-speed automatic transmission. This trim level can seat a total of 12 passengers in the passenger variant and rides atop 16-inch wheels. Power windows and locks, air conditioning, and the OnStar communications system all come standard as well. You can opt for a tilt-only steering wheel on the 2500, and it is standard on the 3500. The second trim level is called the LT, and the tilt-only steering wheel becomes standard on the 2500 LT. The LT has chrome bumpers, cruise control, and air conditioning for both the front and rear. Also, you can opt for heated mirrors, a satellite radio, and two higher-powered powertrains. There is a 6.0-L V8 available for hauling a lot of passengers, and a 2.8-L 4-cylinder diesel engine is available as a good fuel-saving option.
The 2018 GMC Savana drives about like how you would expect an antiquated full-size conversion van to drive - slow, deliberate, and more like a boat than anything. If you have driven a more contemporary conversion van, you will notice the difference in acceleration, steering, and handling when you get behind the wheel of the Savana. It is difficult to mitigate congested city streets, get up to speed on the highway, and back this big van into a tight parking spot. Having the rearview camera available does help somewhat with this, but it is hard to get a clear view of what is behind your van. The new base engine does have some pep, though, and the 8-speed automatic transmission does make smooth enough transitions between gears.
Since the EPA does not provide ratings for conversion vans such as this, the numbers you have to go on are based on real-world driving estimates. At its absolute best, the Savana appears to get about 11 mpg in the city and 16 mpg on the highway. This is somewhat less than what you can get on other vans in this class, and even the diesel option struggles to hold its own against the competition.
The GMC Savana is desperately in need of an overhaul. While the 2018 line-up does show some progress with the new base powertrain, many other components are due for more than just a tweak.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
- Example: Base GMC Savana invoice price + the dealer Invoice price of options + destination - Holdback = Total Dealer Cost.
- What is Holdback? A hidden amount that manufacturers give back to a dealer. It is a percentage of the MSRP or the Invoice price.
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here.)
Note: All GMC Savana MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.