Historically speaking, the pool of available commercial vehicles included a narrow, stripped-bare line of utility-focused trucks and vans that, by design, overlooked comfort, convenience, and luxury in favor of capability. These vinyl-upholstered, AM/FM radio-only options left a lot to be desired, but because it was the norm, buyers - and drivers - shrugged their shoulders and endured less-than-ideal cabin aesthetics. The robust lineup of 2021 GMC commercial vehicles challenges the idea that work trucks need to be barren of comfort. Instead, they’ve incorporated a myriad of features and packages that allow buyers to equip their work vehicle with passenger car-like accouterments.
Whether your business requires passenger vans, cargo vans, dump trucks, or a combination, the GMC lineup gives you an alternative to conventional commercial vehicles without sacrificing any of the capabilities your business requires. Heavy-duty trailering and cargo capacity meet comfort and connectivity, with a comfortable cloth-trimmed seat to get you through the workday. Intelligent cargo and seating configurations work together to deliver high utility levels, whether you’re operating a hotel shuttle or hauling heavy equipment to the job site.
From the well-known Savana van line to the ultra heavy duty GMC 3500 Chassis Cab, these vans and trucks put in an honest day’s work hauling people and payloads via multiple powertrain and wheelbase length configurations, designed to help businesses find the best fit for a great value. Options for adding cabin extras abound, especially on the Savana Passenger Van. With pricing starting in the low $30,000 range, these vehicles are affordable and fit well with a fleet purchasing program.
Reliability and safety are high on the list of must-haves in this category. These vehicles rank near the top of the list for reliability and are also a great value. As part of General Motors’ family of brands, GMC covers its commercial vehicles with a solid 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. GMC also includes one scheduled maintenance visit during the first year of ownership. As for safety, GMC incorporates standard front and side-impact airbags, along with the option of adding driver-assist systems, including lane departure warning and forward collision alert. No matter what you need, GMC has a commercial vehicle that can get the job done.
2021 Savana Passenger Van
The 2021 Savana Passenger Van starts at an MSRP of $34,900 and offers a max seating capacity of 15 passengers. The Savana’s interior is configurable for 12 or 15 passengers, making room for additional cargo if needed. Available in a regular wheelbase 2500 or a regular and extended wheelbase 3500, buyers can choose from a base LS or an upgraded LT trim. With three powerful engines to choose from, along with several comfort and convenience features, the Savana Passenger Van is a smart and versatile choice.
Powertrain and Capabilities
The Savana comes standard with a 4.3-liter V6 engine that produces 276 horsepower and 298 lb-ft of torque, or buyers can elect to upgrade to a larger 6.6-liter V8 engine (401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque) or a 2.8-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine (181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque). An 8-speed automatic transmission is standard with the V6 engine, and a heavy-duty 6-speed transmission comes with the V8. If you opt for the diesel motor, GMC includes a diesel-specific torque-converting 8-speed automatic transmission.
Depending on the configuration, the GMC Savana Passenger Van can tow up to 9,600 lbs and carry a max GVWR of 9,900 lbs. The max Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR, or the total maximum allowable weight of the vehicle, passengers/cargo, and trailer) for this van is 16,000 lbs.
GMC equips all Savana vans with General Motors’ StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, which helps the vehicle maintain traction by adapting to road conditions and delivering power to the wheels that need it most. Add the optional automatic locking rear differential, and the Savana automatically locks both rear wheels, so they spin in unison and at the same speed, which further increases traction.
With seating arrangements that accommodate 12 (regular wheelbase) or 15 (extended wheelbase) passengers, the Savana’s lineup offers a solution for several different business applications. : for wheelchair access is also available, and the standard rear heat and air conditioning controls keep passengers comfortable. The LS includes standard vinyl seating surfaces, along with power windows and door locks, and standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capability. The LS also has a digital compass, AM/FM stereo with an MP3 player for playing music off your smartphone, air conditioning, a cloth headliner, and an open storage bin/engine cover console. Add the optional Driver Convenience Package, and you’ll get a tilt steering wheel and cruise control.
Upgrade to the LT trim and the Driver Convenience Package is included, as well as standard cloth front seats and carpeted floors. You'll also get a deluxe upgraded console that includes a special swing-out storage bin. You’ll also have remote keyless entry and a handful of driver-assist safety systems, including forward collision alert and lane departure warning.
2021 Savana Cargo Van
The 2021 Savana Cargo Van starts at just $31,600 and offers space for up to 283.6 cubic feet of cargo. It’s available in a regular and extended wheelbase 2500 and a regular or extended wheelbase 3500. Both versions come standard with a swing-out passenger side door that opens wide and will open in a 60/40 split. There’s also an available sliding side cargo door, which makes accessing the cargo area easier and more convenient.
Powertrain and Capabilities
There are three powerful engine options for the Savana Cargo Van, including the standard 4.3-liter V6, which delivers 276 horsepower and 298 lb-ft of torque, and - new for 2021 - a beefy 6.6-liter V8 that cranks up the power, offering 401 horsepower and a highly capable 464 lb-ft of torque. Diesel truck diehards will love the available 2.8-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine, which puts out 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque.
These Savana Cargo Vans are built for heavy-duty commercial use, so buyers will appreciate the 10,000 lbs max trailering capability and Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of 16,000 lbs for hauling and trailering tons of cargo and equipment. With the available Tow/Haul Mode feature, the transmission automatically adjusts to reduce excess shifting to accommodate towing or hauling a heavy payload.
GMC also includes Hill Start Assist, which automatically detects when the vehicle ascends a 5 percent or greater grade and engages the brakes to prevent rollback when the accelerator isn’t engaged. General Motors’ venerated StabiliTrak electronic stability control system monitors, adjusts, and optimizes traction in different driving conditions. The available locking rear differential takes traction a step further, locking the rear wheels, so they turn in unison and at the same speed, delivering additional traction capability.
The GMC Savana Cargo Van comes standard dual with high-back reclining front bucket seats (with built-in armrests) that are available in vinyl or cloth, as well as an optional leather-wrapped steering wheel. A power driver’s seat and power front passenger seat are optional, as is five-passenger seating. An AM/FM stereo with an MP3 player is standard, and an upgraded stereo is available with a CD player or a USB port.
Opt for the available Driver Convenience package, and you’ll get a tilt steering wheel and cruise control. The available Enhanced Convenience Package - available on select Cargo Van configurations - adds remote keyless entry, remote start, heavy-duty trailering equipment, 12 months of OnStar connectivity, and the larger 6.6-liter V8 engine.
In the cargo compartment, you can choose from black rubberized-vinyl or spray-in cargo liner floor coverings. Both are texturized for anti-slip/non-skid to keep cargo from sliding around while the vehicle is in motion. The rear cargo area is also configured with six D-ring tie-downs attached to the floor.
2021 Savana Cutaway
The fleet of 2021 GMC Commercial Vehicles offers a wide range of options for businesses looking to build a commercial truck fleet. Take the 2021 Savana Cutaway, GMC’s versatile commercial van. This popular work truck offers businesses a blank slate for customization to meet their specific needs and the needs of their customers. So, you can easily tailor this van to meet your needs, rather than trying to make do with a model that is just 'close enough' to what you need.
A series of upfitted customization packages easily convert the GMC Savana Cutaway for a variety of commercial applications, and the three available wheelbase options further expand the Savana Cutaway’s range of commercial uses. With two powerful engines to choose from, the Savana Cutaway delivers sufficient performance power for heavy-duty use in a variety of settings while remaining fuel-efficient and affordable to operate. The 2021 Savana Cutaway is first and foremost a work vehicle, and GMC has equipped it with capabilities that get the job done. From the available WiFi hotspot and complimentary 3-month trial subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio to an intelligent suite of driver-assist safety systems, driver comfort and occupant safety are the priorities.
Powertrain and Capabilities
The 2021 Savana Cutaway is equipped with a standard 4.3-liter V6 engine that delivers 276 horsepower and 298 lb-ft of torque and an optional massive 6.6-liter V8 that ups performance to 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque. Both are backed by GMC’s impressive 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty for peace-of-mind during heavy commercial use. With a max payload of 8,920 pounds, the cutaway is ready for just about any commercial configuration. 14,200 lbs of max Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) means the 2021 Savana Cutaway can handle lots of people and equipment, and the max Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) bumps up to 20,000 lbs, turning the truck into a very capable hauler. Tow/Haul Mode allows drivers to automatically adjust shifting to maximize towing performance with the touch of a dash-mounted button.
Every 2021 Savana Cutaway is equipped with StabiliTrak, an electronic stability control system that automatically detects any loss of vehicle traction and adjusts to maintain contact with the road. Opt for the available locking rear differential, and the system will lock the rear wheels for added traction whenever it detects they’re turning at different speeds. The Savana Cutaway’s Hill Start Assist helps drivers navigate grades more safely by holding the brakes until the accelerator is pressed to prevent the truck from rolling back whenever it’s stopped on a 5 percent or greater grade.
Available Upfit Configurations
The 2021 GMC Savana Cutaway is designed for configurability. Four different upfit packages make customization easy. Because the Savana Cutaway comes in three different wheelbases (247.2-inches, 267.2-inches, and 285.3-inches), businesses can dial in the exact size vehicle they need and even easily build a fleet of different sized vehicles. The Savana Cutaway is available in a 3500 and 4500 trim, with a standard 32-gallon fuel tank capacity and an available 57 gallon upgraded fuel tank.
GMC offers four available upfit configurations for commercial buyers. The School Bus Chassis Package converts the Savana Cutaway into either a Type A or Type C school bus. It includes a 33-gallon fuel tank, air conditioning, special rear heat fittings, a unique dual-note horn, a 220-amp alternator that includes two batteries, and a special wiring junction block accessory that includes two 30-amp circuits.
The Shuttle Bus Chassis package converts the Savana Cutaway into a people mover that’s perfect for hotels or airport shuttle companies. With passenger safety and comfort in mind, the Shuttle Bus Chassis package includes everything that’s included on the School Bus Package, plus special calibration that allows for independent operation of the turn signals and the stop signal. Both the School Bus and Shuttle Bus Chassis configurations allow a Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) of 4,300 lbs (3500 Cutaway) and 4,600 lbs (4500 Cutaway).
The Cutaway is available with an upfitted Ambulance & Rescue Package that equips the van with a Vortec 6.0-liter V8 engine, a back-up battery with rundown protection, a complete HVAC system, 4-wheel antilock brakes, a 220-amp alternator, and both a 120-volt power outlet and two 12-volt auxiliaries. All Savana Cutaway Vans with the Ambulance & Rescue Package include StabiliTrak electronic stability and traction control.
The Cutaway with Utility/Service Box upfit prepares the Savana Cutaway Van for heavy commercial use. With plenty of configurable storage and a heavy-duty 14,200 pound GVWR, this configuration is designed to convert the Savana Cutaway into a work truck. Choose from several available options, like an upgraded 6.0-liter engine and a separate second battery with rundown protection, to customize the Van for durability and heavy-duty commercial applications.
2021 Sierra 3500 HD Chassis Cab
With a starting MSRP of just $36,200, GMC puts the 2021 Sierra 3500 HD Chassis Cab within reach for businesses needing a heavy duty and versatile work truck. With standard traction control and both gas and diesel-powered engine options, this commercial beast is equipped to deliver performance and utility on your terms. Commercial trucks are all about capability, but the Sierra 3500 HD Chassis Cab takes it one step further, offering a range of interior cabin features and technology that help the workday fly by comfortably.
GMC is a leader in commercial trucks, and its vast dealer network supports fleet buyers with expert sales staff and well-equipped service centers that keep the fleet on the job, not in the shop. All commercial trucks come with GMC’s peace-of-mind inducing 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty that protects the most costly mechanical components, which is important when a vehicle gets heavy use.
The Sierra 3500 HD Chassis Cab delivers a max Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of 40,000 lbs, giving it plenty of capability for people, payload hauling, and towing. The truck’s Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 14,000 lbs makes it an effortless people and payload hauler. With two different upfit cab-to-axle options (Dump Truck or Flatbed), and a max payload of 7,571 lbs, the Sierra 3500 is well-prepared for hard work.
Performance and Capability
The 2021 GMC Sierra 3500 HD is equipped with a standard 6.6-liter V8 gas engine that delivers 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque, mated with a six-speed automatic transmission. The transmission is equipped with GMC’s Cruise Grade Braking, which automatically downshifts to control downhill speed and aid braking. The standard 4-wheel antilock brakes and locking rear differential help the truck stop and maintain optimal traction while on the road.
Upgrade to the available 6.6-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine for 445 horsepower and a significantly upgraded 910 lb-ft of torque. Combined with a 10-speed automatic transmission, performance is tweaked to provide even more capability and the option of diesel power. Whatever engine you select, GMC’s Tow/Haul Mode feature is standard and gives drivers a one-touch option to adjust shifting for maximum towing efficiency.
Add a snow plow package or opt for one of two uplift packages to convert the 3500 into a customized fleet work truck specified with the equipment necessary to get the job done. The 3500 converts easily to a utility truck and even an ambulance. GMC’s highly trained network of fleet sales professionals is trained to assist with choosing and equipping trucks for these specific uses.
Available in Regular Cab or Crew Cab body styles, the 2021 GMC Sierra 3500 HD is a juggernaut, designed for rugged hard work and commercial-grade capability. Luckily, all that utility doesn’t come at the expense of passenger comfort. Buyers can equip the 3500 with up to five Upfitter switches, making customization virtually limitless. Crew cab models are equipped with a 60/40 folding rear bench seat, and all trims offer a standard manual tilt steering column. There’s also an optional electric rear window defogger.
The 2021 GMC 3500 HD comes standard with a 7-inch color infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, and the available All-Access SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription comes with a free 3-month trial. Add an optional 4G LTE WiFi Hotspot, and the 3500 HD turns into a mobile office. All GMC 3500 HD trucks are wired for Bluetooth connectivity, and two standard USB ports keep devices fully-charged.
Depending on the trim level, the Sierra 3500 HD is available with remote start, remote keyless entry, and an upgraded 8-inch infotainment touchscreen. Replace the standard front bench seat with optional heated front bucket seats that include a 10-way power driver’s seat, and driving gets a whole lot more luxurious. Optional dual-zone automatic climate control adds yet another comfort feature to the interior cabin. With all the available interior appointments, it’s nice to know that GMC found a way to marry comfort and rugged durability.