What Changed for 2009:
- Tire-pressure monitor now standard
- Interior refreshed, including new instrument cluster, radio and steering wheel
- New 17-inch steel wheels and P245/70R17 all-season blackwall tires on Savana G1500/H1500 models
- Optional 17-inch aluminum wheels and P245/70R17 all-season white outline tires
- GVWR increases to 7300 pounds on Savana G1500/H1500 models
- More powerful, 125-amp alternator on half-ton models with 5.3-liter V-8 engine
- Standard engine oil cooler on Savana models with 4.3-liter V-6 engine
- Standard transmission oil cooler on applications with GCWR greater than 14,000 pounds
- Fast-idle option available on models with 6.0-liter V-8 engine
The 2009 GMC Savana is a versatile people hauler with up to 15-passenger capability, and a commercial vehicle that's also the foundation for various conversions. The Savana is available in regular (135-inch) and extended (155-inch) wheelbase lengths, and in rear-wheel drive (RWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD). Light-duty G1500 and heavy-duty G3500 models are offered in base LS and up-level LT trims. The G1500 models have a 7300-pound gross vehicle weight (GVW) rating, while G3500 models have a 9600-pound GVW. G1500 models can haul up to 2373 pounds (cargo van) and 1703 pounds (passenger van) of payload and can tow up to 6500 pounds (cargo van) and 6300 pounds (passenger van). G3500 models can handle up to 4151/3488 pounds (cargo/passenger) of payload and tow 10,000/7700 pounds (cargo/passenger). Regular-length passenger models have 126.3 cubic feet of cargo space, while extended-length models offer 146.3 cubic feet. Customers can choose right-side sliding or 60/40 swing out doors, as well as an optional left-side 60/40 swing-out door.
The 2009 GMC Savana is also available in conversion van models which can be tailored to specific preferences. Two-seater commercial Cargo Vans provide up to 237.3 cubic feet of cargo space. Cutaway Vans can be used for RVs, school buses and various commercial applications.Model Lineup
The 2009 GMC Savana lineup includes quarter-ton, half-ton and one-ton weight classes, available in regular and long wheelbase, and with five engine choices (some E85 capable). Standard passenger van seating accommodates 8 passengers (2 in the front, and 3 passengers each in the second and third rows), while 12- and 15-passenger seating is also available. Cargo vans have 2-person seating. A passenger-side 60/40 swing-out door is standard, and a sliding door is optional.
The Savana LS passenger trim level comes standard with single-zone manual air conditioning; AM/FM stereo with 2 speakers; driver information center; deluxe console; power steering; vinyl floor covering and upholstery; black composite grille; black manual outside mirrors; and 17-inch steel wheels with P245/75R17 tires. Savana LT trim adds rear heat and air conditioning; custom cloth bucket seats; tilt steering wheel and cruise control; power windows and door locks; remote keyless entry; full carpeting with rubber floor mats; 8-point digital compass; chrome grille; chrome appearance package; and front and rear chrome bumpers with step-pad. Options include a 6-disc CD changer with 6 speakers; chromed grille; 17-inch aluminum wheels and P245/70R17 all-season white outline tires; dual reclining front bucket seats; power driver and passenger seats; heavy-duty trailering equipment; fuel-operated heater and locking rear limited-skip differential (on vans with the Duramax 6.6-liter engine); and various packages: convenience, power, mobility and chrome appearance.Powertrain
The base engine for light-duty (1500) Savana Cargo models is a 4.3-liter V-6 that delivers 160 hp at 4600 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. of torque at 2800 rpm. On the 2500 series cargo vans the standard engine is a 4.8-liter V-8 producing 279 hp at 5600 rpm and 294 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. Passenger G1500/H1500 models and cargo and H1500 cargo and conversion models get their power from a 5.3-liter V-8 engine, which generates 301 hp at 5200 rpm and 325 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. A flex-fuel version of this engine is available, delivering the same horsepower and torque as the gasoline counterpart, while consuming E85 ethanol fuel or any mixture of E85 and gasoline. Engines are mated with Hydra-Matic 4L60 or 4L80 4-speed electronic or heavy-duty electronic automatic transmissions with overdrive and a torque converter. Optional on some G2500 cargo and conversion van models and standard on G2500 regular wheelbase and G3500 regular or extended wheelbase passenger and G2500 regular/extended wheelbase cargo/conversion vans is a Gen-IV, 6.0-liter V-8 engine, which delivers 323 hp at 4400 rpm and 373 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. New for 2009 is a fast-idle option that improves running numerous accessories while idling. The Gen-IV engines include special friction-reducing polymer coating on piston skirts, full-floating piston pins, damping patch on the oil pan (externally mounted), timing chain tensioner and quieter alternator. GM says the Gen-IV engines are 90-percent cleaner than a decade ago. Cast-iron exhaust manifolds matched with dual close-coupeed catalytic converters help reduce cold-start emissions, the company says. For maximum performance, a Duramax 6.6-liter, turbo-diesel V-8 engine delivers 250 hp at 3200 rpm and "class-leading" (per GMC
) 460-lb.-ft. of torque at 1600 rpm. The engine is paired with a Hydra-Matic 4L85 electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission.
EPA fuel-economy estimates are only available for the 5.3-liter V-8 engine. With the 5.3-liter engine and RWD, the Savana 1500 cargo van gets 14 mpg city/18 mpg highway on gasoline and 10 mpg city/13 mpg highway on E85. With AWD, the numbers are 14 mpg city/17 mpg highway (gas) and 10 mpg city/12 mpg highway (E85). The conversion cargo and passenger vans (RWD and AWD) get an estimated 13 mpg city/16 mpg highway (gas) and 9 mpg city/12 mpg highway (E85).Safety
The 2009 GMC Savana includes a host of standard safety equipment: electronic stability control; lap and shoulder belts for the center seats (standard on all passenger models); 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with Hydroboost; dynamic rear proportioning; driver and front passenger air bags; and daytime running lamps. A tire-pressure monitor and flat and convex exterior mirrors for a wider field of vision are standard on all Savana cargo and passenger models for 2009. Head curtain side air bags are standard on all passenger vans and optional on cargo vans. Enhanced Technology Glass (ETG) is standard on 12- and 15-passenger Savana models.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA
), the 2009 GMC Savana 1500 passenger and cargo van received a 5-star rating for the driver and front passenger in frontal impact tests. The Savana 1500 passenger van and 15-passenger van received 3 stars in the agency's rollover testing.Technology
The 2009 GMC Savana with the Duramax 6.6-liter turbo-diesel engine has an available electronically controlled fuel-operated heater. The heater operates automatically to turn on and off within parameters including outside air temperature, coolant temperature, fuel level, and whether the engine is running. It features a self-contained, pressurized auxiliary coolant heater (with surge tank) that uses diesel fuel to generate up to 17,200 Btu/h of heating energy. For entertainment, the 2009 GMC Savana offers a range of standard and optional audio systems, including an AM/FM stereo with CD player, CD/MP3 player, or MP3-compatible 6-disc in-dash CD changer.
Available Trims for the 2009 GMC Savana 1500 Van
||4 speed automatic
|| 195-hp / 4.3L 6-cyl
||4 speed automatic
|| 301-hp / 5.3L 8-cyl
||4 speed automatic
|| 301-hp / 5.3L 8-cyl