The GMC Savana Passenger Van is eqipped with a few updates for the year of 2011, the most distinguished being the new 6.6-liter Duramax V8 Turbo Diesel. The 4.8-liter V8 engine availability for the 2500 series van, optional satellite radio, OnStar upgrades, Bluetooth, a heavy-duty locking rear differential, and a USB port are also arriving this year. The more powerful and new designed 6.6-liter Turbo Diesel V8 is optional for both cargo and passenger versions of the Savana. It has 525 pound-feet of torque and 260 horsepower and nowproduces even less emissions,and boasts better fuel economy in comparison with the previous Turbo Diesel model. The 4.8-liter V8 is available for the passenger variant in 2011 as well, last year it was only available on the cargo van.
As for the safety criteria, the GMC Savana Passenger Van features stability control, standard antilock disc brakes, traction control, head curtain side-impact airbags for the first 3 seat rows, and OnStar communications. The GMC Savana Passenger Van's cabin offers controls that are well placed and easily operated; however, they are not stylish at all. The space and comfort is reduced due to the fact that the front seats are placed too forward and the wheel humps intrude on the foot wells. For the year of 2011, this model also comes equipped with a USB audio port and BT wireless connectivity for mobile phones.
In terms of appearance, this van is by no means a model of stunning innovative design, its exterior is simple and practical in design. The Savana is perfect as a working class van, with swinging rear doors, a side doors, and a 60/40 split door on the driver's side, which actually appeals to most buyers. The driver is provided with an excellent view thanks to its large tinted side windows. In terms of safety, the 2011's van has not yet been rated, but its 2010 ratings were a perfect 5-stars for both passenger and driver in frontal-impact testing.