2022 GMC Savana 3500 diesel Cargo Van

MSRP $45,000 Est.

Ranked #4 in Fullsize Van

2022 GMC Savana 3500 diesel Cargo Van Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 3, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2022 GMC Savana 3500 Cargo Van will be launched with some minor updates over the previous year’s model. The 2022 Savana Cargo Van will be based on the GM GMT 610 platform which is also shared by the 2021 Chevrolet Express 3500 Cargo Van. The GMC Savana is offered in three different body styles namely Cargo, Passenger, and Cutaway. The 2022 GMC Savana 3500 Cargo Van will be powered by a 4.3L V6 gasoline engine and a 2.8-liter DURAMAX turbo-diesel V8 engine. The diesel powertrain is our engine of choice for this article.

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Pros

Practical design

Three engine options are available

Impressive towing capacity

An affordable option in the segment

Cons

Outdated design language

Lackluster interior

Lacks driver assistance features

What's New?

No major changes for the 2022 model year


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$45000

bodystyle

3dr Cargo Van

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$45,000 Est. onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 GMC Savana 3500 diesel Cargo Van in Cardinal Red color
Cardinal Red

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

7.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.4

Overall Rating


The 2022 GMC Savana 3500 Cargo Van Diesel comes in two different trim levels and starts at an expected MSRP of $39,165. The Savana Cargo Van has been doing pretty well in the segment and competes against the likes of the Chevrolet Express 3500 Cargo Van, Ford Transit 350 Medium Roof Cargo Van Diesel, and the RAM Promaster 3500 Low Roof Cargo Van.


6.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2022 GMC Savana 3500 diesel Cargo Van Features

The 2022 GMC Savana 3500 Cargo Van Diesel comes in two different trim levels namely LS and LT. The LS is the base trim and starts at an expected price of $39,165 while the upper trim LT is expected to start at an MSRP of $45,165. The base LS trim comes with Vinyl upholstery, Single-zone manual air conditioning, Power windows and locks, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, 120-volt household-style power outlet, 2-speaker stereo system, and a Rearview camera as standard. The upper LT trim adds Cloth upholstery, Carpeted floors and chrome bumpers, remote locking and unlocking, lane departure warning, and forward-collision warning.

Trim

LS

LT

MSRP 

$39,165(expected)

45,165(expected)

Key Features

Vinyl upholstery

Cloth upholstery

 

Single-zone manual air conditioning

Carpeted floors and chrome bumpers

 

Power windows and locks

Remote locking and unlocking

 

4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot

Lane departure warning

 

120-volt household-style power outlet

Forward collision warning

 

2-speaker stereo system

 
 

Rearview camera

 

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The 2022 GMC Savana 3500 Diesel Cargo Van is designed for practicality over comfort and it does that very well. The base LS trim makes more sense at an expected price of $39,165 as it packs all the required features for a cargo van. The LT trim doesn’t justify the premium it charges with the list of features that it adds. 

We recommend going for the LS trim and you can add more features from the optional feature list which are not that expensive. You get the option to get an upgraded stereo, remote engine start, rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, heavy-duty trailering package, and power-adjustable front seats as standalone optional features.

2022 GMC Savana 3500 Cargo Van Diesel Release Date

The 2022 GMC Savana 3500 Diesel Cargo Van is expected to be released with the other variants of the 2022 GMC Savana lineup in the third quarter of 2021.

2022 GMC Savana 3500 diesel Cargo Van Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The 2022 GMC Savana 3500 Cargo Van comes with three different engine options. The one we are talking about today is a 2.8-liter DURAMAX turbo-diesel V8 engine. The motor churns out a maximum power output of 181 horsepower and the maximum torque output remains 369 pound-feet. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission that feels effortless in daily drives. The power is sent to the rear wheels which remain to be the standard for the segment except for a few exceptions.

The biggest advantage with the diesel motor is the towing capacity which is among the best in the segment. The power from the engine is not the best and it is one of the least for the segment, but it solves the purpose well. The drivability of the engine makes the driver smoother irrespective of the driving situation. The gearbox makes the operation even easier and feels progressive with the shifts. 

The acceleration test figures are not available yet but it doesn’t even matter for a van that is designed to carry cargo. The 4.3L gasoline-powered 2021 GMC Savana Cargo Van took 8.4 seconds to complete 0 to 60 sprints while the quarter-mile run took 16.5 seconds. The diesel Savana Cargo Van can be expected to be a little slower in the acceleration department. However, it benefits well in the towing and payload department which is the main priority over here.

Models

2022 GMC Savana 3500 Diesel Cargo Van

2021 Chevrolet Express 3500 Cargo Van

2021 Ford Transit 350 Medium Roof Cargo Van Diesel

2021 RAM Promaster 3500 Low Roof Cargo Van 

MSRP

$39,165(expected)

$32,500

$34,510

$34,440

Engine 

2.8-liter DURAMAX turbo-diesel V8

2.8-liter DURAMAX turbo-diesel V8

2.0 L in-line four

3.6L V6

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

FWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

Power 

181

181

211

280

Torque 

369

369

369

260

0-60 MPH (sec)

N/A

N/A

N/A

7.7

Quarter mile (sec)

N/A

N/A

N/A

16.1

Top Speed (MPH)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

The 2021 RAM Promaster 3500 Low Roof Cargo Van is the only van in the comparison that does not come with a diesel engine. All the variants of the RAM Promaster 3500 Cargo Van are powered by a standard 3.6L V6 gasoline engine. The 2021 Ford Transit 350 Medium Roof Cargo Van Diesel has a slightly more powerful diesel engine compared to the GM brothers. 

The 2022 GMC Savana 3500 Diesel Cargo Van and the Chevrolet Express 3500 Cargo Van Diesel are powered by the same diesel engine. The power figures are also identical. However, the GMC Savana 3500 Diesel Cargo Van comes with a slight edge in terms of payload and towing capacity.

2022 GMC Savana 3500 diesel Cargo Van Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The fuel economy figures of the 2022 GMC Savana 3500 Diesel Cargo Van are not released by the GMC. Neither Chevy nor GMC released the fuel economy figures of the 2.8-liter DURAMAX turbo-diesel V8 powering Express 3500 and Savana 3500, respectively. The one advantage of the GMC Savana 3500 Diesel Cargo Van is its fuel tank capacity. The 2022 Savana 3500 Cargo Van comes with a massive 31-gallon fuel tank which should be able to give good enough range on the highway. 

Models

2022 GMC Savana 3500 Diesel Cargo Van

2021 Chevrolet Express 3500 Cargo Van Diesel

2021 Ford Transit 350 Medium Roof Cargo Van Diesel

2021 RAM Promaster 3500 Low Roof Cargo Van 

MPG (City)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

MPG (Highway)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

MPG (Combined)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

31

31

25

24

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

None of the cargo vans in the comparison here has provided their fuel economy figures. The only way to compare these cargo vans is their fuel tank capacity and there is a significant difference between the tank capacity of these vans. The 2022 GMC Savana 3500 Diesel Cargo Van and the 2021 Chevrolet Express 3500 Cargo Van Diesel come with the highest fuel tank capacity rated at 31 gallons. The 2021 Ford Transit 350 Medium Roof Cargo Van Diesel comes at second position with a 25-gallon fuel tank. The 2021 RAM Promaster 3500 Low Roof Cargo Van comes with the smallest fuel tank in the competition with a 24-gallon capacity.

2022 GMC Savana 3500 diesel Cargo Van Interior

7.0/10

The interior of the 2022 GMC Savana 3500 Diesel Cargo Van is rather boring compared to what we are used to seeing in 2022. The interior layout looks very old-fashioned and there is nothing much in the cabin to give it a modern look. The front seats are comfortable and come with various adjustment options. The seats provide good support to the driver and the passenger of all sizes. The driving position is also very comfortable. 

The dashboard layout follows the same conventional design language and there is a lot of hard plastics inside the cabin. There are many buttons in the cabin for the controls which look old, but are practical while driving. The analog instrument cluster is another thing that reminds you of outdated design. Still, the cabin feels very practical and surprisingly comfortable. The buttons for cabin controls make it easy to control while driving. The impressive cargo capacity of 239.7 cubic feet makes up for the outdated cabin design. 

Models

2022 GMC Savana 3500 Diesel Cargo Van

2021 Chevrolet Express 3500 Cargo Van Diesel

2021 Ford Transit 350 Medium Roof Cargo Van Diesel

2021 RAM Promaster 3500 Low Roof Cargo Van 

Seating Capacity

2

2

2

2

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.9/68.9/41.4

40.9/68.9/41.4

40.8/67.9/41.3

65.4/74.8/38.8

Cargo Capacity (cu ft)

239.7

239.4

246.7

304

All the cargo vans offer good enough space for two passengers in the front. Shoulder room and headroom are not even a problem for any vans in the competition. When it comes to legroom, the GM brothers are ahead of the competition with a slight margin. The 2021 RAM Promaster 3500 Low Roof Cargo Van offers the least legroom for the class but also offers the best cargo area which matters the most here. 

The 2021 Ford Transit 350 Medium Roof Cargo Van Diesel comes second in terms of cargo capacity. The GMC Savana 3500 Diesel Cargo Van and the Chevrolet Express 3500 Cargo Van Diesel share the spot at third position with a slightly less cargo area. Standout interior features are:

  • Front bucket seats with vinyl/cloth upholstery
  • Air conditioning
  • 120-volt power outlet
  • Rear Vision Camera display
  • Remote Keyless Entry (Optional)

How intuitive is the 2022 GMC Savana 3500 Diesel Cargo Van’s infotainment unit?

The 2022 GMC Savana 3500 Diesel Cargo Van comes with a very basic infotainment system. It feels outdated compared to other cars in 2022. There is no infotainment screen on offer with the GMC Savana lineup. Even the basic infotainment features are optional with the Savana. That might look like a big downside, but the people buying a cargo van don’t really care that much. 

Still, some of the rivals offer a far better infotainment unit with their cargo van in the same class The standard infotainment gets an AM/FM stereo with an MP3 player. A 2-speaker audio system comes standard for audio purposes. 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot capability is available as an option and doesn’t come as standard. Standout infotainment features are:

  • 2-speaker audio system
  • AM/FM stereo
  • MP3 Player
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot capability (Available)
  • SiriusXM Radio

2022 GMC Savana 3500 diesel Cargo Van Exterior

7.0/10

The exterior of the 2022 GMC Savana 3500 Diesel Cargo Van remains the basic same as the interior. It is pretty much acceptable for the segment as you do not expect a cargo van to look like a piece of art. There is no visual drama in the exterior, and the 2022 GMC Savana 3500 Cargo Van comes with a no-nonsense design language. The focus of the cargo van to provide practicality over everything else is visible from the outside and goes in the favor of the 2022 GMC Savana lineup.

The buyers get an option to buy either the regular wheelbase version or the extended wheelbase version of the 2022 GMC Savana 3500 Cargo Van. The regular wheelbase variant comes with a wheelbase of 135.15 inches which can go all the way up to 155.15 inches with the extended wheelbase version. All the body types of the GMC Savana lineup retain the resemblance in their design language. 

Models

2022 GMC Savana 3500 Diesel Cargo Van

2021 Chevrolet Express 3500 Cargo Van Diesel

2021 Ford Transit 350 Medium Roof Cargo Van Diesel

2021 RAM Promaster 3500 Low Roof Cargo Van 

Curb Weight (lbs)

5,261 

6372

N/A

4,644

Length (inches)

224.1

238.2

219.9 

213.7

Width (inches)

79.3

80

81.3

81.3

Height (inches)

84.8

78.4

82.3

92.8

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.6

8.5

N/A

6.9

Wheelbase (inches)

135.15

135.15 

129.9

136

The 2022 GMC Savana 3500 Cargo Van and the Chevrolet Express 3500 Cargo Van are based on the same platform. In terms of exterior styling, none of the vans try to do too much with the design which is good in this case. Simplicity is appreciated well here and practicality is what matters the most. 

The Chevrolet Express 3500 Cargo Van Diesel is the longest van in the segment sharing the spot with the GMC Savana 3500 Diesel Cargo Van. The 2021 RAM Promaster 3500 Low Roof Cargo Van is the shortest van in the segment. Standout exterior features are:

  • Dual halogen composite headlights
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Front intermittent wipers
  • Black painted front and rear bumpers
  • Front license plate kit

2022 GMC Savana 3500 diesel Cargo Van Safety

8.0/10

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have not tested the 2022 GMC Savana 3500 Cargo Van for their creditworthiness. Talking about the safety features, you should not have high expectations with the 2022 GMC Savana Cargo Van lineup or you will be disappointed. The standard safety tech and the driver assistance features will never be enough if you are serious about your safety. You have to have the optional safety features to make it a safer option for you. The standard safety features include:

  • Hill Start Assist
  • Traction assistance
  • Vehicle stability enhancement system
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Daytime Running Lamps

2022 GMC Savana 3500 diesel Cargo Van Competition

7.0/10

2022 GMC Savana 3500 Diesel Cargo Van vs. 2021 Chevrolet Express 3500 Cargo Van Diesel

The 2022 GMC Savana 3500 Diesel Cargo Van and the 2021 Chevrolet Express 3500 Cargo Van Diesel are mechanically the same van and are based on the same platform. There are some minor differences between the two vans in terms of the overall styling in the interior and exterior. The GMC Savana 3500 comes with a slightly higher towing and payload capacity but the difference is not that big. You can go with any of the two depending on your personal preferences.

2022 GMC Savana 3500 Diesel Cargo Van vs. 2021 Ford Transit 350 Medium Roof Cargo Van Diesel

The Ford Transit 350 Medium Roof Cargo Van Diesel is not another conventional and boring cargo van. It will appeal to most buyers with its modern design language and better interior quality. The Ford Transit 350 Cargo Van also comes with a slightly better performance. If you are ready to compromise with a slightly lesser towing capacity, then the Ford Transit 350 Diesel Cargo Van is a better choice in every other aspect.

2022 GMC Savana 3500 Diesel Cargo Van vs. 2021 RAM Promaster 3500 Low Roof Cargo Van 

The RAM Promaster 3500 Low Roof Cargo Van has a lot to offer as a cargo van compared to the GMC Savana 3500 Cargo Van. It comes with a slight edge in terms of overall design language and cargo area. The towing capacity remains better in the GMC Savana 3500. The only downside with the RAM Promaster is that it does not come with a diesel engine. If you need a diesel powertrain, then the GMC Savana 3500 Diesel Cargo Van is the only option between the two.

2022 GMC Savana 3500 diesel Cargo Van Final Verdict

The new GMC Savana 3500 Diesel Cargo Van remains a great contender in the cargo van segment. There are many scopes of improvement as it has not gone through a major design upgrade in a while. Still, it does well in the practicality department which is the main purpose here. If you are looking for a practical diesel cargo van in the segment without much concern in the features department, then the 2022 GMC Savana 3500 Diesel Cargo Van is a great choice for you.