You'll Like The 2007 GMC Envoy If...
If you need a big SUV but can't make the Yukon's size or price fit your driving needs, the Envoy holds the answer. It has excellent front-and rear-seat legroom, lots of headroom and a fair amount of cargo space.
You May Not Like The 2007 GMC Envoy If...
The Envoy is a well-rounded SUV, but some observers think that the lack of independent rear suspension is a detriment.
A tire pressure monitoring system is now standard and the SLE and SLT trims can be outfitted with 18-inch polished forged-aluminum wheels. The extended-wheelbase XL models have been discontinued.
The Envoy's interior is typical GMC: Simple and clean. The seating is firm, and the instrument panel controls are handsomely adorned with wood trim and sturdy black plastic. Backlit power-window buttons and steering wheel-mounted controls are two of the Envoy's finer features - details too often overlooked by other manufacturers. Safety features include optional head-curtain airbags for front- and rear-seat outboard passengers. The airbags are tied to an advanced rollover detection system capable of determining if and when deployment is necessary. Unfortunately, with the discontinuation of the larger XL versions, the Envoy no longer offers the option of a third-row seat, limiting its passenger capacity to five persons.
The Envoy strikes a rugged yet refined pose that seems equally comfortable off-road or at valet parking. Tall doors make it easy to get in without bumping your head, and there's enough glass around the sides to give the driver a good 360-degree view. The Envoy's generous ground clearance creates a high step-in height, but not so extreme it requires the use of a grab handle. The Envoy features a lift-up rear window allowing items to be placed inside the cargo hold when opening the tailgate is not convenient. Although the Envoy design has a few years on it, it still looks good, especially in Denali form.
On the road, you'll find the Envoy's ride to be extremely comfortable, with a firm suspension that soaks up most road imperfections before they ever reach the passenger compartment. Extreme lean and dive are kept in check by the complex five-link rear suspension and double A-arms up front. Though the Envoy exhibits some body lean in sharp turns, it does so gradually and never imparts the feeling of being top-heavy. This may be the Envoy's greatest attribute. It offers a car-like ride but still has the ground clearance and suspension settings to take it far off-road.
A two-wheel-drive Envoy SLE has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $27,065, while the SLT trim starts at $31,080 and the Denali at $35,295. To help you make your best deal, be sure to arm yourself with the Fair Purchase Price before you start negotiations - it shows the typical transaction prices consumers are paying for their cars in your area. As for resale, the Envoy does not hold its value as well as the Toyota 4Runner, Volkswagen Touareg and Acura MDX. With the exception of the Denali, the Envoy six- and eight-cylinder models mirror the Ford Explorer and trail slightly behind the Dodge Durango in projected resale values.
The Envoy SLE features a powerful in-line six-cylinder engine, dual-zone manual air conditioning, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), traction control, illuminated entry, keyless remote, cruise control, tire pressure monitoring system, power liftgate release, dual power mirrors, AM/FM stereo with CD, rear window wiper/washer and aluminum wheels. The SLT model adds a garage door opener, heated mirrors, eight-way power driver's seat and the TravelNote digital recorder. The Denali trim features a revised grille and front bumper, heated leather seats, power-adjustable passenger seat and 18-inch polished aluminum wheels.
Options for the Envoy include four-wheel drive, a 5.3-liter V8, power moonroof, rear DVD entertainment system, limited-slip rear differential, front side-impact airbags, navigation, front and rear side-curtain airbags and power-adjustable foot pedals.
Adjustable Foot Pedals
The optional power-adjustable foot pedals make finding a comfortable driving position a breeze.
The Envoy's optional rear-seat DVD player is a great way to keep the kids amused on long trips.
Under the Hood
The 4.2-liter in-line six-cylinder engine is all the Envoy needs, unless it will be towing something really big. The Vortec 4200 engine develops an impressive 291 horsepower, giving it the pulling power of a small V8 without the added thirst for fuel. GM's highly acclaimed four-speed automatic helps the Envoy attain a very respectable highway fuel rating of 22 mpg. The 5.3-liter V8 gives more power, and its Active Fuel Management technology helps improve highway fuel economy by cutting fuel to four of the eight cylinders when they're not all needed.
4.2-liter in-line 6
291 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
277 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/22 (2WD), 15/21 (4WD)
302 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
330 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/22 (2WD), 15/21 (4WD)
Do you find yourself attracted to the reasonable size and good fuel economy of the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, but feel your position in life requires that you drive something a bit more upscale? Well, you're in luck, because that's exactly what you'll find in the GMC Envoy. Though identical to the TrailBlazer under the skin, the Envoy visually excels beyond its Chevrolet counterpart with its upscale exterior, plush interior and, for those who can afford the extra premium, Denali trim package. The Envoy is extremely flexible, offering a choice of six- or eight-cylinder engines with two-wheel or four-wheel drive. When equipped with the V8 and the optional tow package, the Envoy can tow up to 6,600 pounds.