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2009 GMC Envoy

$4,138 — $12,838 USED
Sport Utility
5 Seats
17-18 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.6) 7 reviews

The Good

  • Performance
  • Ride comfort
  • Steering feel
  • Quietness

The Bad

  • Fuel economy
  • Aging platform

What to Know

about the 2009 GMC Envoy
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Fuel-saving cylinder deactivation in V-8 models
  • RWD or 4WD
  • Standard stability system

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
GMC revived the Envoy name for 2002 on a new midsize SUV related to the Chevrolet TrailBlazer. All models are available in rear- or four-wheel-drive powertrains. The Envoy comes with an inline-six-cylinder engine, while the high-end Denali edition gets its own V-8 powertrain with cylinder deactivation. Competitors include the Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Toyota 4Runner. The Envoy can seat five people.

New for 2009
There are no significant changes for the 2009 GMC Envoy.

Exterior
A shield-shaped convex grille, wedged headlamps and boldly defined character lines help the Envoy fit in with GMC's 'professional grade' theme. The upscale Denali edition also features a honeycomb grille with an integrated air dam to channel air to the engine. The Envoy measures 191.6 inches in length and 74.7 inches wide, similar to the 4Runner and Explorer but wider and longer than the Grand Cherokee.
  • Chrome bodyside moldings
  • Standard 17-inch aluminum wheels
  • Optional 18-inch high-polished forged-aluminum wheels
  • Two-wheel-drive Envoy Denali gets 20-inch polished-aluminum wheels
  • Available assist steps


Interior
The Envoy has reclining front buckets and a split, folding rear bench seat. Interior appointments in the Denali version include leather seats with French-seam stitching. All Envoys come with standard quiet packaging, which includes a laminated windshield and strategically placed sound insulation material.

Cargo volume behind the back seats measures 43.7 cubi...
Vehicle Overview
GMC revived the Envoy name for 2002 on a new midsize SUV related to the Chevrolet TrailBlazer. All models are available in rear- or four-wheel-drive powertrains. The Envoy comes with an inline-six-cylinder engine, while the high-end Denali edition gets its own V-8 powertrain with cylinder deactivation. Competitors include the Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Toyota 4Runner. The Envoy can seat five people.

New for 2009
There are no significant changes for the 2009 GMC Envoy.

Exterior
A shield-shaped convex grille, wedged headlamps and boldly defined character lines help the Envoy fit in with GMC's 'professional grade' theme. The upscale Denali edition also features a honeycomb grille with an integrated air dam to channel air to the engine. The Envoy measures 191.6 inches in length and 74.7 inches wide, similar to the 4Runner and Explorer but wider and longer than the Grand Cherokee.
  • Chrome bodyside moldings
  • Standard 17-inch aluminum wheels
  • Optional 18-inch high-polished forged-aluminum wheels
  • Two-wheel-drive Envoy Denali gets 20-inch polished-aluminum wheels
  • Available assist steps


Interior
The Envoy has reclining front buckets and a split, folding rear bench seat. Interior appointments in the Denali version include leather seats with French-seam stitching. All Envoys come with standard quiet packaging, which includes a laminated windshield and strategically placed sound insulation material.

Cargo volume behind the back seats measures 43.7 cubic feet. With the bench folded down, the Envoy offers 80.1 cubic feet of cargo space, which is similar to the Explorer but more than the 4Runner's 75.1 cubic feet and the Grand Cherokee's 67.4 cubic feet.
  • Standard leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Standard cruise control
  • Optional power-adjustable pedals
  • Optional Bose audio and navigation system
  • New Bluetooth phone connectivity


Under the Hood
All Envoys come with a four-speed automatic transmission. Envoys are available with rear-wheel drive or Autotrac four-wheel drive, which incorporates a two-speed transfer case. The only engine offered is an inline-six-cylinder; Denali trims come with an upgraded V-8.
  • 285-horsepower, 4.2-liter inline-six-cylinder (276 pounds-feet of torque)
  • 300-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 (321 pounds-feet of torque) featuring cylinder-deactivation technology, which increases fuel economy by shutting off four cylinders at highway speeds
  • Air-adjustable load-leveling suspension system (Denali edition)
  • Engine block heater (optional on four-wheel-drive models)


Safety
No side-impact thorax airbags are offered, but side curtain airbags for the first and second rows can sense an impending rollover and deploy. Standard safety features include:
  • Side curtain airbags for first and second rows
  • Four-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Traction control


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
7 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.0)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(3.9)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.1)
(5.0)

Very comfortable ride and very dependable

by Brookwoodfarm from Chardon,ohio on April 26, 2018

This is my second Envoy. Bought the first one when they first came out in 2001 and sold it in 2011. Bought the second one in 2011 and I just listed it for sale. Thats 17 years of driving an Envoy and ... Read full review

(5.0)

Cberns17

by Cberns17 from Cornelius, NC on June 24, 2017

Hate to sell but don't need car anymore. It's is one of the most comfortable, easy to drive cars I ever had. Great size, great shape and low miles. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2009 GMC Envoy currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2009 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

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
acceptable
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
marginal
Structure/safety cage
acceptable

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
acceptable
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
poor
Overall Side
marginal
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
marginal
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by GMC

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    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)

  • Powertrain

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker