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2013 GMC Savana Cargo Van Review Palm Springs

June 11, 2013
2013 GMC Savana Cargo Van

2013 GMC Savana Cargo Van Palm Springs

2013 GMC Savana Cargo Van

The 2013 GMC Savana Cargo is a versatile workhorse designed to make jobs easier and more accommodating around the greater Palm Springs area.  It is available in regular wheelbase length of 135 inches and an extended 155-inch. The 1500 Series vans include light-duty models rated at 7,300 pounds GVWR.  The 2500 Series includes heavy-duty models rated at 8,600 pounds GVWR.  The heavy-duty 3500 Series includes full-bodied models rated at 9,600 pounds GVWR with the 6.0L gas V-8 and 9,900 pounds with the Duramax 6.6L diesel.

A wide range of features and configurations, including numerous powertrain options, offers many competitive advantages, with standard and available features that include fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmissions, Right-hand, driver-side, cargo doors, and all-wheel drive.  Also available is a 6.6L Duramax turbo-diesel engine with B20 biodiesel capability and available locking rear differential.  With a trailer rating of up to 10,000 pounds on 2500 and 3500 models, and StabiliTrak electronic stability control being standard on all models, any size cargo in the GMC Savana Cargo van is assured a safe, comfortable ride for all passengers.  SiriusXM Satellite Radio is offered with the available digital radio, and a USB port is included with the available MP3-capable radio.

Savana Cargo models are also available with a dedicated compressed natural gas package.

New for the 2013 GMC Savana Cargo is a navigation radio, rear vision camera and ultrasonic rear park assist.  The features are optional on LS and LT models.  The rear vision camera display is shown in the rearview mirror, unless the vehicle is equipped with the new navigation radio, where it is displayed on the radio screen. The Duramax turbo-diesel V-8 is offered in the 2013 Savana Cargo, delivering best-in-class torque and horsepower.  Known by its “LGH” engine code, it is rated at 260 horsepower and 525 lb.-ft. of torque. To meet more stringent emissions requirements, the LGH Duramax was designed with a robust EGR cooling system, along with revised turbocharger tuning which helps enhance EGR performance.  It also has a large-capacity selective catalytic reduction system. The engine features the latest in emission control technology, making it the cleanest Duramax engine ever produced.  NOx emissions are controlled via a Selective Catalyst Reduction aftertreatment system using urea-based Diesel Emission Exhaust Fluid (DEF).  The DEF is housed in a 5.83-gallon tank and needs to be replenished about every 5,000 miles.

The Duramax also includes GM’s second-generation diesel particulate filter system.  Unlike most competitors’ systems, the Duramax regenerates its diesel particulate filter using a downstream injection of diesel fuel directly into the exhaust stream and can travel up to 700 miles between regenerations. The Duramax engine has been developed to operate for at least 200,000 miles on a rough-duty cycle without the need for a major overhaul, and is backed with a five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
The Savana is built on a strong, ladder-type full frame architecture.  The frame features fully boxed sections for greater strength and rigidity, while extended and tapered front frame rails are used for improved crashworthiness.  Also, additional tubular frame cross members are used to increase torsional stiffness.

All models feature an independent short-long arm (SLA) front suspension.  A 33mm front stabilizer bar is featured on 1500-series models and a 35mm bar is used on 2500 and 3500 models.  Two-stage, semi-elliptic multi-leaf springs are used in the rear suspension and help locate a semi-floating axle.

The 2013 GMC Savana Cargo is equipped with a host of safety features, including available head curtain side air bags, which provide a higher level of protection in the event of a side impact or a vehicle rollover.  Additional safety features include StabiliTrak, a tire pressure monitoring system, flat and convex exterior mirrors for a wider field of vision, lap and shoulder belts for the center seats, driver and front passenger air bags, and Daytime Running Lamps are all standard for the 2013 Savana Cargo.


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