Review: 2005 GMC Envoy

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Review: 2005 GMC Envoy

The GMC Envoy appeals the domestic-vehicle loyalist looking for a right-sized sport/ute with a classy, masculine flavor. Numerous variations allow shoppers to find the right bodystyle and powertrain combination for their needs and budget. The supersized XL bridges the mid- and full-size segments for shoppers who need a third row of seats, but who don't relish the parking and fuel-filling challenges of a true larger-scale vehicle. The Envoy makes easy work of hauling a trailer, with either powertrain. For those with limited towing demands, the six-cylinder provides a good compromise between performance and economy. There are a numerous comfort features to go along with the utility, and the upmarket Denali trim provides an even better dressed interior and abundant convenience gadgets. As the years have passed, the Envoy concedes refinement leadership--especially in its interior--to newer competitors. The Envoy is further hindered by an IntelliChoice Ownership Cost Value Rating that sees most iterations fall between Average and Worse than Average.

Strong, capable, all-American midsize sport/ute, the Envoy combines the comfort features, overall packaging, and utility to thrive with an active family.

What's Hot

  • Peppy six-cylinder engine
  • Denali has abundant features
  • V-8 offers good towing power

    What's Not

  • Unsupportive seats
  • Dated, seam-filled interior
  • No stability control offered in 2005

    New for 2005, the Denali trim is now available for Envoy, adding more comfort and style. Displacement on Demand offers some fuel savings for the optional V-8.

    Curtain airbags, MP3-capable audio system, and air suspension are all desirable options. Those who have a tendency to get lost will love the easy-to-use touch-screen navigation system. XL trim offers plenty of space, even for third-row occupants.

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