The GMC Envoy is a four-door, five passenger sport-utility vehicle. One ever-popular SUV offered by GMC is the safe and reliable Envoy. This luxurious 5 passenger truck is available in 8 trim levels ranging from the SLE-1 2WD with a standard 4.2 liter, 285-291 horsepower inline-6 which achieves 14-mpg in the city and 20-mpg on the highway, to the Envoy Denali, on the higher end of the scale. It's equipped with a 300-horsepower 5.3- liter V8, and manages about the same mpg; 14 in the city and 20 on the open highway. A 4 speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard on all models.
The Envoy started life in 1998 as a luxury trim line of the GMC Jimmy SUV, itself a clone of the Chevy Blazer. Since then the Envoy has become a separate model and received a 3-Star Frontal Crash Rating for the driver and 4-Stars for the front passenger. The Envoy also has a side-impact safety rating of 5 Stars.In 2006, GMC added standard stability control and roll-over avoidance, or as they call it, “Stabilitrak”.
2008 brought side-curtain airbags as one of its standard safety features.The Envoy XL, a "stretched" counterpart to the five passenger, mid-size Envoy, has a usable third-row seat that offers comfortable seating for seven. In size, its length was larger by 16 inches with a taller roofline to give easy access for third row passengers.
In 2007, the Envoy XL was replaced by the Envoy crossover SUV. In 2003, yet another variation of the Envoy was introduced, the five-passenger Envoy XUV. This was GMC's attempt at a combo pickup truck and sport utility vehicle. It features a retractable rear roof section that could be moved forward giving access to an open-topped load area. To partition the load area from the passenger compartment, a ‘MidGate’ was added. It was a solid, waist height plastic-lined panel with a retractable glass for the top half. Later model Envoys get more advanced features like (DIO) wheel locks; heavy duty rear locking differential for braking and traction security, and there's even an electrical feature for smokers (basically, a lighter socket). Under the hood you get a reliable engine block heating system that utilizes the engine's heating capacity and delivers it where it's needed.
The 2009 GMC Envoy SLE-2 4WD options include several outstanding entertainment, communication and navigation systems. There's great sounding Bose premium speakers and an entertainment system with a rear DVD player. OnStar's directions and connections Telematics will help guide you to your destination and power adjustable foot pedals will help make the drive more comfortable. The Envoy is a true, truck-based SUV with body-on frame design. As a result, it can tow up to 6,300 lbs and can be fitted with low-range 4-wheel drive.
Though the Envoy is best suited to the pavement, it's nice to know you could go off road...if you had to.