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Kelley Blue Book ® - 2001 GMC Safari Overview

Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book

KBB.com 2001 GMC Safari Overview

GM's other offering in the minivan field is the GMC Safari (and identical twin, the Chevrolet Astro). What sets this van apart from the rest of this field is the way in which it delivers power to the road. Whereas all the others minis in this class are based on front-wheel-drive platforms, the Safari employs its rear wheels to move the vehicle. The primary advantage of rear-wheel drive is the ability it provides for towing greater payloads. The Safari's tow rating is 5500 pounds—that's more than any front-drive van on the market. The Safari is powered by a 4.3-liter V6 engine producing 190-horsepower, which provides plenty of grunt to move a fully-loaded minivan.

Seating is available for seven, with optional captain's chairs in all three seating areas. Cargo space is generous with all the seats removed, but the large engine/transmission housing compromises front-seat legroom, especially on the passenger side. That is the drawback of a rear-drive platform.

Missing from the option list are goodies like an entertainment center for rear passengers, dual-zone climate control and electrically operated sliding doors. The Safari offers only a single, passenger-side sliding door and has split doors in place of a single-piece rear hatch. Buyers can opt for the unique rear Dutch-door system with a single-piece glass window that also doubles as a liftgate and two small center-split doors that open beneath it.

There are plenty of newer platforms in this list that are superior to the Safari, unless of course you tow a boat or bikes or jetski, in which case the Safari may be the perfect minivan for you.

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