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2002 GMC Envoy

2002 GMC Envoy

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Sport Utility
5 Seats
18-19 MPG
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2002 GMC Envoy Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
GMC offered the Envoy before, serving as the top-of-the-line member of its Jimmy sport utility vehicle family. The Envoy designation disappeared for a season but is back again for 2002 on a brand-new midsize model. It’s part of a new trio of General Motors midsize SUVs that includes the Chevrolet TrailBlazer and Oldsmobile Bravada. GMC’s version occupies the middle. All three stem from a “ground-up build,” according to Tom Wallace, GM’s vehicle line executive for its Midsize Truck Group.

A five-passenger Envoy arrived first as an early 2002 model. In spring 2002, GMC added an extended-length, seven-passenger Envoy XL with three rows of seats. Although Chevrolet will keep its prior Blazer around for a couple more seasons, GMC has shelved the long-lived Jimmy nameplate.

Among the highlights in the Envoy is a new GM engine. It’s not a V-6 or V-8, as in competitive SUVs, but rather a 4.2-liter, all-aluminum inline-six-cylinder that develops 270 horsepower. Claiming it is the strongest in its class, GM chose this engine configuration because an “inline-six is inherently balanced,” said Ron Koctoa, chief engineer for GM’s Inline Engines group.

GM claims that the engine’s torsional rigidity has increased by 260 percent. Rear coil springs are standard, but an air suspension — which is standard on the Olds Bravada — is an option at GMC dealerships. A new rack-and-pinion steering system delivers a 36.4-foot turning circle, claimed to be the tightest in the midsize SUV ...

Vehicle Overview
GMC offered the Envoy before, serving as the top-of-the-line member of its Jimmy sport utility vehicle family. The Envoy designation disappeared for a season but is back again for 2002 on a brand-new midsize model. It’s part of a new trio of General Motors midsize SUVs that includes the Chevrolet TrailBlazer and Oldsmobile Bravada. GMC’s version occupies the middle. All three stem from a “ground-up build,” according to Tom Wallace, GM’s vehicle line executive for its Midsize Truck Group.

A five-passenger Envoy arrived first as an early 2002 model. In spring 2002, GMC added an extended-length, seven-passenger Envoy XL with three rows of seats. Although Chevrolet will keep its prior Blazer around for a couple more seasons, GMC has shelved the long-lived Jimmy nameplate.

Among the highlights in the Envoy is a new GM engine. It’s not a V-6 or V-8, as in competitive SUVs, but rather a 4.2-liter, all-aluminum inline-six-cylinder that develops 270 horsepower. Claiming it is the strongest in its class, GM chose this engine configuration because an “inline-six is inherently balanced,” said Ron Koctoa, chief engineer for GM’s Inline Engines group.

GM claims that the engine’s torsional rigidity has increased by 260 percent. Rear coil springs are standard, but an air suspension — which is standard on the Olds Bravada — is an option at GMC dealerships. A new rack-and-pinion steering system delivers a 36.4-foot turning circle, claimed to be the tightest in the midsize SUV league.

Exterior
Available in SLE and SLT trim levels, the four-door Envoy sports a trapezoidal bodyside shape and a shield-shaped grille that help give it a distinct identity, though overall appearance is similar to its GM companions. At 113 inches, the five-passenger Envoy’s wheelbase is 6 inches longer than that on the prior Jimmy. Its track width (the distance between wheels) also has grown. All three GM models share roofs, tailgates and front doors, but most other body components are unique to GMC. Michelin 17-inch tires are installed.

The extended-wheelbase Envoy XL rides a 129-inch wheelbase with an overall length of 207.6 inches — that’s 16 inches longer than the regular Envoy. The extended-size model also is 3 inches taller.

Interior
Five occupants fit in the standard Envoy, with reclining bucket seats in front and a split, folding rear seat that holds three. The Envoy XL seats seven people and comes with an additional two-place fold-down rear seat. GMC promises 6 additional inches of shoulder room in the XL than in the third-row seat of a Ford Explorer. The XL’s cargo volume is 100.2 cubic feet, vs. 80.1 cubic feet in the shorter Envoy. A rear cargo shelf in the XL has adjustable height levels.

A rear-seat entertainment system with a DVD player is available. GM’s OnStar communication system, a luggage rack, fog lamps, a HomeLink universal garage door opener, heated mirrors and a theft-deterrent system are standard. The SLT edition adds leather upholstery, memory driver’s seat and mirrors, rear-seat radio controls, headlight washers, light-sensitive outside mirrors and a driver information center that monitors up to 13 different functions, including fuel availability, transmission fluid temperature, engine coolant and oil level.

Under the Hood
A four-speed-automatic transmission teams with the 270-hp, 4.2-liter inline-six-cylinder engine. Envoys come with two- or four-wheel drive, and the latter incorporates a two-speed transfer case and a provision for automatic operation. A new IntelliStart feature prevents the starter from engaging unless the engine is stopped.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes, seat-mounted side-impact airbags and dual-stage front airbags are standard. Bumpers are 2 inches lower than the usual position to make the Envoy more equally level with passenger cars in a collision. Each bumper can withstand a 5-mph collision.

Driving Impressions
Like the hard-working TrailBlazer, GMC’s Envoy seems eagerly ready to compete against the newly redesigned Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer in terms of passing power, ride comfort and handling prowess. Performance is a definite plus. While tromping on the gas to pass or merge, few drivers are likely to realize that the source of power is an inline-six rather than a V-8. Even on mountain grades, the 270-hp engine exudes confidence. Not only is engine sound barely discernible, except when pushed really hard, but road noise is also virtually absent.

On smooth surfaces, the regular-suspension Envoy rides much like a car. With optional air suspension, the ride softens, but not dramatically. Handling is a bit on the slow side, which is hardly uncommon among midsize SUVs. Despite a sensation of being slightly disconnected from the road, the driver benefits from a satisfying steering feel.

 

Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.1
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Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.1)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

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(1.0)

Piece of crap

by Just my luck from San Angelo , tx on July 8, 2020

This is the biggest piece of crap and a waste of money I have ever had. Door panel falling off with cheap plastic. And door only opens from the outside. Back window won't stay rolled up. A.c. out. ... Read full review

(5.0)

This car anit Evan had a problem

by Shawn from Louisville Kentucky on May 15, 2020

I love that s car itsBIG and 3row seats and it's comfortable and is loaded with technology and has onstare airbags every where nice desine on inside I really don't have any complaints about it Read full review

Safety

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Recalls

The 2002 GMC Envoy currently has 14 recalls


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Envoy received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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