2006 GMC Envoy

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Key Specs

of the 2006 GMC Envoy. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance
  • Ride comfort
  • Steering feel
  • Quietness
  • Optional side-curtain airbags

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2006 GMC Envoy

  • Displacement on Demand in V-8 models
  • Denali editions
  • Available Autotrac 4WD
  • StabiliTrak stability system

2006 GMC Envoy Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
GMC revived the Envoy name for 2002 on a brand-new midsize model related to the Chevrolet TrailBlazer. The five-passenger Envoy arrived first, and GMC soon added the extended-length seven-passenger Envoy XL that featured three rows of seats.

All 2006 models come standard with General Motors' StabiliTrak electronic stability system. The regular Envoy's 4.2-liter inline-six-cylinder engine has slightly more power for 2006, and a 5.3-liter V-8 is still offered for Denali models.

For 2006, V-8-equipped Envoys gain Displacement on Demand technology to improve fuel economy. The system was previously optional.

Upscale Denali editions of the Envoy and Envoy XL feature aluminum wheels, honeycomb grilles and an integrated air dam to channel air to the engine. Interior appointments include Nuance leather seats with French seam stitching, and the front seats are heated.

The Envoy XUV, which debuted in 2004 and featured a power-sliding rear roof, has been discontinued.


Exterior
A shield-shaped grille helps give the four-door Envoy a distinct identity. For 2006, non-Denali editions get slight exterior updates and standard cast-aluminum wheels that hold 17-inch tires; Denali versions feature 18-inch tires. A rear load-leveling suspension is available. 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, stretches to 207.6 inches long overall an...
Vehicle Overview
GMC revived the Envoy name for 2002 on a brand-new midsize model related to the Chevrolet TrailBlazer. The five-passenger Envoy arrived first, and GMC soon added the extended-length seven-passenger Envoy XL that featured three rows of seats.

All 2006 models come standard with General Motors' StabiliTrak electronic stability system. The regular Envoy's 4.2-liter inline-six-cylinder engine has slightly more power for 2006, and a 5.3-liter V-8 is still offered for Denali models.

For 2006, V-8-equipped Envoys gain Displacement on Demand technology to improve fuel economy. The system was previously optional.

Upscale Denali editions of the Envoy and Envoy XL feature aluminum wheels, honeycomb grilles and an integrated air dam to channel air to the engine. Interior appointments include Nuance leather seats with French seam stitching, and the front seats are heated.

The Envoy XUV, which debuted in 2004 and featured a power-sliding rear roof, has been discontinued.


Exterior
A shield-shaped grille helps give the four-door Envoy a distinct identity. For 2006, non-Denali editions get slight exterior updates and standard cast-aluminum wheels that hold 17-inch tires; Denali versions feature 18-inch tires. A rear load-leveling suspension is available. 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, stretches to 207.6 inches long overall and is 3.6 inches taller.

Interior
As many as five occupants can fit inside the Envoy, which contains reclining front bucket seats and a split, folding rear seat. The Envoy XL seats up to seven with its additional folding two-place third-row seat. The Envoy XL's maximum cargo volume is 107.4 cubic feet, versus 80.1 cubic feet in the shorter Envoy. XM Satellite Radio, an MP3-capable CD player and a DVD-based entertainment system are optional. Power-adjustable pedals are available.

Under the Hood
Envoy and Envoy XL models are equipped with a 4.2-liter inline-six-cylinder. It's been upgraded for 2006 and now boasts 291 horsepower, up from 275 hp in previous years. Envoy Denalis feature a 300-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 that uses Displacement on Demand technology. All models use a four-speed-automatic transmission. Envoys have either rear-wheel drive or Autotrac four-wheel drive, which incorporates a two-speed transfer case.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes and StabiliTrak are standard. Side curtain-type airbags are optional.

Driving Impressions
GMC's Envoy rivals the Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer in passing power, ride comfort and handling prowess. While tromping on the gas to pass, the inline-six exudes confidence. Not only is engine sound barely noticeable, but road noise is also virtually absent.

The regular-suspension Envoy rides similar to a car on smooth surfaces. The ride softens, but not dramatically, with the available load-leveling suspension. Handling is on the slow side, but the SUV has 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.



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Great car

by Drake02 on August 20, 2018

Love my envoy has almost everything I need only thing missing is Bluetooth cabability. Comfortable and stylish great for family transportation and in town driving. Read full review

(4.0)

Great price good reliable vehicle

by Crystalrae on June 23, 2018

Purchased the gmc Denali Envoy just over a month ago, so far so good. Love the body style considering I had come from a much newer luxury vehicle. A quirks such as some vibration when breaking and not ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2006 GMC Envoy currently has 9 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2006 GMC Envoy SLE

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
poor
Overall Rear
poor
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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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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