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2006 GMC Savana Van - Overview

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Overview

What's New
The GMC Savana stays much the same for 2006, with the exception of a new Duramax option on select Cargo Vans. The Duramax 6600 V-8 turbo-diesel produces 250 hp and 460 lb.-ft. of torque, giving the Savana up to a 10,000-pound tow rating.

Overview
GMC has offered a full-size van for more than 40 years, fulfilling the needs of drivers who nned a vehicle capable of hauling either numerous passengers (up to 15) or a lot of cargo (up to 316.8 cubic feet), and in some cases a healthy dose of both. The GMC Savana Van, which is nearly identical to the Chevrolet Express, comes in three types: Passenger, Cargo, and Conversion (in 1500, 2500, and 3500 configurations). Two wheelbase lengths are available, the standard being 135 inches, and an extended version at 155 inches. Two trim levels, base LS and up-level LT, are offered. A variety of door configurations are available, allowing access in practically any fashion. Customers can also choose between rear- or all-wheel drive.

The new Duramax 6600 turbo-diesel brings a new level of power to select 2500 and 3500 Cargo vans. The added horsepower and torque gives the Savana a maximum gross vehicle weight rating of 12,300 pounds and a towing capacity of 10,000 pounds. A 3.73 axle ratio is standard, and a limited-slip differential is available. A lower compression ratio and revised turbo system make the Duramax 6600 run quieter and smoother than previous versions. Four other engines are available on the 2006 Savana: a 4.3L V-6, and 4.8L, 5.3L, and 6.0L V-8s. Two automatic four-speed transmissions with Tow/Haul, a feature that reduces gear hunting and improves shifts under load conditions, are offered.

Safety features like StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with Hydroboost (for added stopping power) and OnStar are either standard or optionally available, depending on the model.

The Competition
Vehicles in the Large Van segment provide the ultimate in passenger- and cargo-carrying capabilities. Although there are only four vehicles competing in this segment, the sheer number of model configurations available can become overwhelming.

The GMC Savana sold 34,765 units in calendar year 2005, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report.SM That's more than the Dodge Sprinter (19,662), but far less than the Ford E-Series (179,543) and the Chevrolet Express (127,585).

Available Trims for the 2006 GMC Savana Van

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Work Van 4 speed automatic $21,645 195-hp / 4.3L 6-cyl 15/20
Upfitter 4 speed automatic $23,995 195-hp / 4.3L 6-cyl 15/20
LS 4 speed automatic $24,375 195-hp / 4.3L 6-cyl 15/19

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