GMC Safari Cargo Van Models and Safari Cargo Van History

Introduced in 1985 as a truck-based minivan, the GMC Safari was quickly accepted by commercial entities as an alternative to full-sized cargo van. Its durable frame, 5,500-pound towing capacity rating and tall roof height made the Safari minivan a formidable work vehicle. Subtracting the second and third row seating, the GMC Safari Cargo Van rear space is unobstructed in holding 170.4 cubic feet of cargo. For the 1998 model year, the GMC Safari Cargo Van was propelled by a 4.3-liter Vortec V-6 engine producing 190 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque.


The powerplant is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. The 1998 Safari Cargo Van was offered with both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Dual front airbags, air conditioning, AM/FM stereo and vinyl seating are standard equipment on the GMC Safari Cargo Van. As a cargo van, buyers can opt to have the side window glass covered paneling to provide greater flexibility and security in the rear storage area. Dutch doors at the rear of the GMC Safari Cargo Van were also an option for the minivan providing more convenient loading and unloading.


In 2003, the GMC Safari Cargo Van received a mechanical upgrade that included four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking system. 16-inch wheels were also made standard on the 2003 Safari Cargo Van. Power mirrors were also included on all models for 2003. The GMC Safari Cargo Van was offered until the 2005 when General Motors chose to discontinue the aging the minivan. Unlike Chevrolet, GMC had not received a replacement small cargo van product for their line-up following the Safari.

New and Used Safari Cargo Van Prices, GMC Safari Cargo Van Model Years and History

The 2005 GMC Safari Cargo Van is a work van that seats two passengers and is available with RWD or AWD.
Available with RWD or AWD, the 2004 GMC Safari Cargo Van is a two-passenger work van that is big on interior space and produces 250 lb-ft of torque from the 4.3L V6 engine.
A work van, the 2003 GMC Safari Cargo Van seats up to two passengers and is available with RWD or AWD.
A mid-size cargo van with room for two passengers and tons of work-related cargo, the 2002 GMC Safari Cargo Van is available with RWD or AWD.
A mid-size cargo van, the 2001 GMC Safari Cargo Van seats two passengers up front leaving plenty of room for cargo and tools in the back.
A stylish work van with seating for two, the 2000 GMC Safari Cargo Van offers greater maneuverability compared to the larger Savana.
A two-passenger mid-size work van, the 1999 GMC Safari Cargo Van is available with RWD or AWD and offers plenty of interior cargo volume.
The 1998 GMC Safari Cargo Van is a two-passenger work van which offers ample rear cargo room and a highway fuel economy rating over 20 mpg.