2019 Nissan NV Passenger vs. 2019 GMC Savana

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The NV Passenger SV/SL has standard Sonar System to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, for the NV Passenger SL in front of the vehicle. The Savana doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the NV Passenger and the Savana have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

The NV Passenger comes with a full 5-year/100,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire van and includes free 24-hour roadside assistance. The Savana’s 3-year basic warranty expires 2 years and 64000 miles sooner.

The NV Passenger’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Savana’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

The camshafts in the NV Passenger’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Savana diesel’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Savana’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the NV Passenger have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Savana.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the NV Passenger has a 650-amp battery. The Savana only offers a standard 600-amp battery.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 18th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 11 places higher in reliability than GMC.

Engine

The NV Passenger’s optional 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 34 more horsepower (375 vs. 341) and 14 lbs.-ft. more torque (387 vs. 373) than the Savana’s optional 6.0 V8.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the NV Passenger’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Savana:

 

NV Passenger

Savana

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

12.8 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

13 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

n/a

13.5 inches

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The NV Passenger has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Savana doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

Tires and Wheels

The NV Passenger’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 70 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Savana’s standard 75 series tires.

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the NV Passenger has standard 17-inch wheels. Only 16-inch wheels are available on the Savana.

Suspension and Handling

The NV Passenger has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the NV Passenger flat and controlled during cornering. The Savana’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the NV Passenger’s wheelbase is 11.1 inches longer than on the Savana 2500 135” WB (146.1 inches vs. 135 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the NV Passenger is .6 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Savana.

For better maneuverability, the NV Passenger’s turning circle is 4 feet tighter than the Savana 2500 135” WB’s (45.2 feet vs. 49.2 feet). The NV Passenger’s turning circle is 9.3 feet tighter than the Savana 3500 155” WB’s (45.2 feet vs. 54.5 feet).

Chassis

The NV Passenger is 3.5 inches shorter than the Savana 3500 155” WB, making the NV Passenger easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The NV Passenger has 3 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more rear headroom, 1.8 inches more rear hip room, .6 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.3 inches more third row headroom, 1.9 inches more third row legroom, 3.9 inches more third row hip room and .8 inches more third row shoulder room than the Savana 2500 135” WB.

The front step up height for the NV Passenger is 1.4 inches lower than the Savana 2500 135” WB (18” vs. 19.4”). The NV Passenger’s rear step up height is .4 inches lower than the Savana 2500 135” WB’s (19.4” vs. 19.8”).

Cargo Capacity

The NV Passenger has a much larger cargo volume than the Savana 2500 135” WB with its rear seat up (218.9 vs. 92.1 cubic feet). The NV Passenger has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Savana 2500 135” WB with its rear seat folded (218.9 vs. 216.2 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the NV Passenger easier. The NV Passenger’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.7 inches, while the Savana 3500 155” WB’s liftover is 30.1 inches.

The NV Passenger’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Savana doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

An available locking center console keeps your small valuables safer in the NV Passenger. The Savana doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Payload and Towing

The NV Passenger’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Savana’s (6200 vs. 6100 pounds).

The NV Passenger has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Savana (2800 vs. 2595 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

The NV Passenger uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Savana uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

The NV Passenger’s optional power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. GMC does not offer a locking feature on the Savana’s power windows.

The NV Passenger’s available driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Savana’s power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The NV Passenger’s standard sliding doors can be opened with less than three inches side clearance. The Savana’s standard rear double doors are clumsy and make loading in tight spots difficult.

The NV Passenger has standard power remote mirrors. The Savana only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The NV Passenger SL’s standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Savana doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The NV Passenger SL has standard heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the Savana.

The NV Passenger SL’s standard dual zone air-conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Savana doesn’t offer dual zone air-conditioning.

The NV Passenger SL’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Savana doesn’t offer automatic air-conditioning.

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