2020 GMC Savana vs. 2020 Ford Transit Wagon

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Safety

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Both the Savana and the Transit Wagon 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, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

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The Savana’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Transit Wagon’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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The Savana has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Transit Wagon doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the van’s engine.

Engine

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The Savana’s standard 4.3 V6 produces 1 more horsepower (276 vs. 275) and 36 lbs.-ft. more torque (298 vs. 262) than the Transit Wagon’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6. The Savana’s optional 6.0 V8 produces 31 more horsepower (341 vs. 310) than the Transit Wagon’s optional 3.5 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Savana has 6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Transit Wagon’s standard fuel tank (31 vs. 25 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Savana’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Transit Wagon:

Savana

Transit 350 LWB

Transit Wagon

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

11.8 inches

12.1 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Savana has larger tires than the Transit Wagon (245/75R16 vs. 235/65R16).

The GMC Savana’s wheels have 8 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Ford Transit Wagon only has 6 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

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The Savana has variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Transit Wagon doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Savana 3500 155” WB’s wheelbase is 7.4 inches longer than on the Transit 350HD LWB-E (155 inches vs. 147.6 inches).

Chassis

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The Savana is shorter than the Transit Wagon, making the Savana easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:

Savana

Transit Wagon

Standard Van

224.1 inches

235.5 inches

Extended Van

244.1 inches

263.9 inches

Passenger Space

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The Savana 2500 135” WB has 4.8 inches more front hip room, .9 inches more front shoulder room, 2.6 inches more rear legroom and 1 inch more third row legroom than the Transit 350 LWB.

The Savana 3500 155” WB has 4.8 inches more front hip room, .9 inches more front shoulder room, 2.6 inches more rear legroom and 1 inch more third row legroom than the Transit 350HD LWB-E.

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Savana easier. The Savana 2500 135” WB’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 27.8 inches, while the Transit 350 LWB’s liftover is 28.7 inches.

Payload

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The Savana 3500 155” WB has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Transit 350HD (3210 vs. 2980 lbs.).

The Savana has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the Transit Wagon (3550 vs. 3000 lbs.).

Ergonomics

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The Savana’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Transit Wagon does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Savana owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Savana will cost $1040 to $2560 less than the Transit Wagon over a five-year period.

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