GMC revived the Envoy name for 2002 on a brand-new midsize model related to the Chevrolet TrailBlazer.
For 2007, little has changed on the Envoy aside from new colors and new 18-inch wheels on SLE and SLT trims.
All models come standard with General Motors’ StabiliTrak electronic stability system. The regular Envoy’s 4.2-liter inline-six-cylinder engine is standard on all but the Denali models, which have a 5.3-liter V-8.
Envoys equipped with V-8 engines have Displacement on Demand technology to improve fuel economy.
Upscale Denali editions of the Envoy 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.
For 2007, Silvermist Metallic, Midnight Blue Metallic and Graphite Metallic are new colors.
A shield-shaped grille helps give the four-door Envoy a distinct identity. 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.
As many as five occupants can fit inside the Envoy, which contains reclining front bucket seats and a split, folding rear seat. XM Satellite Radio, an MP3-capable CD player and a DVD-based entertainment system are optional. Power-adjustable pedals are available.
Envoy is equipped with a 4.2-liter inline-six-cylinder. It boasts 291 horsepower. 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.
All-disc antilock brakes and StabiliTrak are standard. Side curtain airbags are optional. For 2007, a tire pressure monitoring system is standard.
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.