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2008 GMC Envoy

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$3,298 — $10,286 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
16-17 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

  • Fuel economy
  • Aging platform

What to Know

about the 2008 GMC Envoy
  • Standard side curtain airbags for 2008
  • Fuel-saving cylinder deactivation in V-8 models
  • RWD or 4WD
  • Standard stability system

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2008 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 related to the Chevrolet TrailBlazer. For 2008, all trim levels of the five-seat Envoy have standard side curtain airbags and XM Satellite Radio. Competitors include the Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Nissan Pathfinder.

All models come standard with an electronic stability system. A 4.2-liter inline-six-cylinder engine is standard on all but the Denali models, which have a 5.3-liter V-8 that features Displacement on Demand technology to improve fuel economy.

For 2008, two-wheel-drive Envoy Denalis get 20-inch polished-aluminum wheels. The upscale Denali editions also feature 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.

Exterior
A shield-shaped grille helps give the four-door Envoy a distinct identity. Standard aluminum wheels measure 17 inches in diameter, and a rear load-leveling suspension is available. The Envoy rides on a 113-inch wheelbase, measures 191.6 inches long overall and stands 71.9 inches tall.

Interior
The Envoy contains reclining front bucket seats and a split, folding rear seat. Bose audio, a navigation system, a DVD-based entertainment system and power-adjustable pedals are optional.

Under the Hood
The Envoy’s 4.2-liter inline-six-cylinder makes 285 horsepower. Envoy Denalis feature a 300-hp, 5.3-liter V-8. All models use a four...

Vehicle Overview
GMC revived the Envoy name for 2002 on a brand-new midsize model related to the Chevrolet TrailBlazer. For 2008, all trim levels of the five-seat Envoy have standard side curtain airbags and XM Satellite Radio. Competitors include the Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Nissan Pathfinder.

All models come standard with an electronic stability system. A 4.2-liter inline-six-cylinder engine is standard on all but the Denali models, which have a 5.3-liter V-8 that features Displacement on Demand technology to improve fuel economy.

For 2008, two-wheel-drive Envoy Denalis get 20-inch polished-aluminum wheels. The upscale Denali editions also feature 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.

Exterior
A shield-shaped grille helps give the four-door Envoy a distinct identity. Standard aluminum wheels measure 17 inches in diameter, and a rear load-leveling suspension is available. The Envoy rides on a 113-inch wheelbase, measures 191.6 inches long overall and stands 71.9 inches tall.

Interior
The Envoy contains reclining front bucket seats and a split, folding rear seat. Bose audio, a navigation system, a DVD-based entertainment system and power-adjustable pedals are optional.

Under the Hood
The Envoy’s 4.2-liter inline-six-cylinder makes 285 horsepower. Envoy Denalis feature a 300-hp, 5.3-liter V-8. 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, electronic stability control and side curtain airbags and a tire pressure monitoring system are standard.

Driving Impressions
GMC’s Envoy rivals the Ford Explorer 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.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
21 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

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(4.0)

Envoy SLT 4WD

by Viking-girl from Minneapolis MN on October 30, 2019

This is better than I expected, all the bells and whistles! It's a smooth ride, quiet running engine. I haven't owned it that long but it was a great deal and I'm pleased with this SUV so far. Haven't... Read full review

(5.0)

Best car I ever had

by Thecanadian from Thetford Mines, Quebec, Canada on October 12, 2019

First car was the envoy and no issues ever with it any and all repairs were my fault. It was comfortable practical and easy on driving in all conditions. Loved it so much I'm getting rid of my 2012 ... Read full review

Safety

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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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