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2008 GMC Envoy

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Seating capacity

Rear-wheel drive



The good:

  • Performance
  • Ride comfort
  • Steering feel
  • Quietness

The bad:

  • Fuel economy
  • Aging platform

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Our 2008 GMC Envoy trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

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

2008 GMC Envoy review: Our expert's take

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.

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.

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.

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior 4.5
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value 4.4
  • Exterior 4.7
  • Reliability 4.4
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Most recent consumer reviews


Only had car one day but 70 mile trip home most en

Attractive and great performance. Many more toys than our previous car makes it a pleasure to drive. I highly recommend the make and model to any one.


Love it so far.

Just purchased the vehicle, but it is exactly what we seen and wanted. Perfect for us, we are super happy with this purchase and we're ready to roll.


Awesome SUV for me and the fam!

Great in every aspect, as long as you don't mind all the sliding on the leather seats :) Sunroof really sets the mood while cruising around town!

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Based on the 2008 GMC Envoy base trim.
Frontal driver
Frontal passenger
Nhtsa rollover rating
Side driver
Side rear passenger


New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by GMC
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
72 months/100,000 miles
60 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/100,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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