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2004 GMC Envoy

2004 GMC Envoy

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$1,701 — $7,869 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
18 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

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The Good

  • Performance
  • Ride comfort
  • Steering feel
  • Quietness

The Bad

  • Exterior size of XL
  • Fuel economy
  • Maneuverability of XL
  • Stability of XL

What to Know

about the 2004 GMC Envoy
  • Inline-six-cylinder
  • V-8 in the XL
  • Regular and extended-length models
  • Available Autotrac 4WD
  • Tight turning circle

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2004 GMC Envoy Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
GMC revived the Envoy name for 2002 on a brand-new midsize model. It’s part of a trio of General Motors midsize sport utility vehicles that includes the Chevrolet TrailBlazer and Oldsmobile Bravada. A five-passenger Envoy arrived first. In the spring of 2002, GMC added an extended-length seven-passenger Envoy XL that features three rows of seats.

Instead of a V-6 or V-8 engine, the Envoy and its cousins are powered by a 4.2-liter, all-aluminum, inline-six-cylinder that develops 275 horsepower. Motor Trend named the Envoy its 2002 Sport/Utility of the Year.

A new 5.3-liter V-8 became optional in the Envoy XL for 2003. Power-adjustable pedals are now available, and a last-door locking feature is standard. New audio systems are offered, XM Satellite Radio is available, and DVD movies can be played through the vehicle’s sound system. An Envoy XUV that is equipped with a power-sliding rear roof will also debut for 2004.

Exterior
The four-door Envoy comes in SLE and SLT trim levels. A trapezoidal bodyside shape and a shield-shaped grille help give the Envoy a distinct identity. All three GM models share roofs, tailgates and front doors, but most other body components are unique.

Cast-aluminum wheels hold 17-inch tires. Rear coil springs are standard, and an air suspension is optional. The five-passenger Envoy rides on a 113-inch wheelbase, measures 191.6 inches long overall and stands 71.9 inches tall. The extended-wheelbase Envoy XL rides a 129-inch wheelbase a...

Vehicle Overview
GMC revived the Envoy name for 2002 on a brand-new midsize model. It’s part of a trio of General Motors midsize sport utility vehicles that includes the Chevrolet TrailBlazer and Oldsmobile Bravada. A five-passenger Envoy arrived first. In the spring of 2002, GMC added an extended-length seven-passenger Envoy XL that features three rows of seats.

Instead of a V-6 or V-8 engine, the Envoy and its cousins are powered by a 4.2-liter, all-aluminum, inline-six-cylinder that develops 275 horsepower. Motor Trend named the Envoy its 2002 Sport/Utility of the Year.

A new 5.3-liter V-8 became optional in the Envoy XL for 2003. Power-adjustable pedals are now available, and a last-door locking feature is standard. New audio systems are offered, XM Satellite Radio is available, and DVD movies can be played through the vehicle’s sound system. An Envoy XUV that is equipped with a power-sliding rear roof will also debut for 2004.

Exterior
The four-door Envoy comes in SLE and SLT trim levels. A trapezoidal bodyside shape and a shield-shaped grille help give the Envoy a distinct identity. All three GM models share roofs, tailgates and front doors, but most other body components are unique.

Cast-aluminum wheels hold 17-inch tires. Rear coil springs are standard, and an air suspension is optional. The five-passenger Envoy rides on a 113-inch wheelbase, measures 191.6 inches long overall and stands 71.9 inches tall. The extended-wheelbase Envoy XL rides a 129-inch wheelbase and stretches to 207.6 inches; the extended-length model is also 3.6 inches taller.

Interior
Five people fit inside the standard Envoy, which is equipped with reclining front bucket seats and a split, folding rear seat that holds three occupants. The Envoy XL seats seven with an additional two-place fold-down rear seat. The XL’s maximum cargo volume is 107.4 cubic feet, vs. 80.1 cubic feet in the shorter Envoy. The SLT edition adds leather upholstery, GM’s OnStar communication system, and a memory feature for the driver’s seat and mirrors.

Under the Hood
A 275-hp, 4.2-liter inline-six-cylinder engine teams with a four-speed-automatic transmission. Envoy XLs equipped with the optional 290-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 can tow as much as 7,100 pounds. The Envoy may be equipped with either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, which incorporates a two-speed transfer case.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes are standard. Seat-mounted side-impact airbags are optional.

Driving Impressions
GMC’s Envoy seems eager to compete against the Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer in passing power, ride comfort and handling prowess. While tromping on the gas to pass or merge, few drivers are likely to realize that the Envoy’s source of power is an inline-six, which exudes confidence. Not only is engine sound barely discernible, but road noise is also virtually absent. Acceleration is stronger but not overpowering with the V-8 in the Envoy XL.

The regular-suspension Envoy rides similar to a car on smooth surfaces. The ride softens, but not dramatically, with the optional air suspension. Handling is on the slow side, but with a satisfying steering feel. An extra-smooth ride is part of the Envoy XL’s attraction, but quite a bit of body roll is evident.

 

Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
Posted on 8/27/03

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.3
23 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

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(5.0)

Good runner so smooth love it.

by Donkeykong from Port huron. Mi on June 13, 2020

The envoy is a.pleasure.to drive. Feels like a luxury car. Look forward to driving.it everyday.and it handles and rides so smooth well done. General motors Read full review

(5.0)

AWD 4WD/hi lo & 2WD

by Eric from chicago,ill on June 11, 2020

I live in Chicago where winter driving and conditions kill cars every year,That being said, I love the traction control the AWD in this is perfect I do not fear getting stuck or going to the store, ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2004 GMC Envoy currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2004 GMC Envoy has not been tested.

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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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