Year-to-year changes[edit | edit source]

1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 Discontinued
169" Cargo Van N/A 1994
177" Passenger Van
187" Cargo Van Cargo Van 2005
187" Passenger Van Passenger Van
169" Cargo Van (AWD) N/A 1994
177" Passenger Van (AWD)
187" Cargo Van (AWD) Cargo Van (AWD) 2005
187" Passenger Van (AWD) Passenger Van (AWD)

1991[edit | edit source]

Positioned in the middle of the midsize van market, the GMC Safari was designed to appeal to buyers who wanted a multipurpose van that boasts best-in-class towing capability, cruise range and cargo and seating capacity. The Safari competed primarily with its corporate near-twin, Chevrolet Astro, as well as with the Ford Aerostar, Plymouth Voyager and Dodge Caravan. The Safari has three trim levels: base, SLE (midlevel) and SLT (top of the line). In addition, the van was available in rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions. The Safari also benefited from a new standard engine. All models came equipped with an 4.3-liter ohv V6. The only transmission was a 4-speed automatic overdrive unit.

1994[edit | edit source]

The base minivan was renamed as the SLX in 1994.

1995[edit | edit source]

The GMC Safari gets a major facelift for 1995. The distinctive snub-nosed front end has been upgraded with a new grille, hood, fenders and fascia. Upscale models are now equipped with aerodynamic composite headlights, while base models get conventional sealed beams. Also new this year are an integrated front airdam and body side moldings that run from the front wheel opening to the rear bumper.

The new Safari has been given more room as well. Regular body models have been discontinued. This year, only extended body models are available, adding 10 in. to interior length.

Under the new skin, a number of other key changes have been made as well. New springs and power-steering gears help improve ride and handling, and air conditioning is now standard throughout the line.

25 more horsepower was added each for the SLX and base minivans.

Retail prices[edit | edit source]

As of December 17, 1993:

  • $15,661 (1994 GMC Safari SL Cargo Van)
  • $16,134 (1994 GMC Safari SL Cargo Van Extended)
  • $16,746 (1994 GMC Safari SLX Passenger Van)
  • $17,048 (1994 GMC Safari SLX Passenger Van Extended)
  • $19,075 (1994 GMC Safari SLX Passenger Van with all-wheel drive)
  • $19,377 (1994 GMC Safari SLX Passenger Van Extended with all-wheel drive)

As of late 1994:

  • $17,855 (1995 GMC Safari SL Cargo Van)
  • $18,358 (1995 GMC Safari SLX Passenger Van)
  • $20,558 (1995 GMC Safari SLX Passenger Van with all-wheel drive)

As of August 1, 1995:

  • $17,955 (1995 GMC Safari SL Cargo Van)
  • $20,155 (1995 GMC Safari SL Cargo Van with all-wheel drive)
  • $18,458 (1995 GMC Safari SLX Passenger Van)
  • $20,658 (1995 GMC Safari SLX Passenger Van with all-wheel drive)
  • $18,662 (1996 GMC Safari SL Cargo Van)
  • $20,862 (1996 GMC Safari SL Cargo Van with all-wheel drive)
  • $19,246 (1996 GMC Safari SLX Passenger Van)
  • $21,446 (1996 GMC Safari SLX Passenger Van with all-wheel drive)

Shipping prices[edit | edit source]

  • $545 (1994 models)
  • $555 (1995 models)
  • $560 (1996 models)

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Video Clips[edit | edit source]

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GMC Safari 3DR Minivan

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