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2004 GMC Envoy XUV

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$1,160 — $8,964 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
17 MPG
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Cargo-area versatility
  • Easy hose-down cleaning
  • Instruments/controls readability
  • Cargo capacity

The Bad

  • Fuel economy
  • Backseat space
  • Lack of third-row seat
  • Low-speed response (6-cylinder)

What to Know

about the 2004 GMC Envoy XUV
  • Retractable rear roof
  • QuickDrain cleaning
  • Powered Midgate
  • Dual-action tailgate
  • Available air suspension

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2004 GMC Envoy XUV Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
GMC’s latest sport utility vehicle illustrates the maxim that many “new” automotive ideas can be traced back to a place in the past. In the case of the Envoy XUV, its most compelling feature is a retractable rear roof — a convenience that was available in the early 1960s on the Studebaker Wagonaire station wagon.

Not too many of those sliding-roof Studebakers were sold, but GMC has bigger hopes for its new Envoy XUV, which is an elaboration of its line of midsize Envoy models. Chevrolet markets related TrailBlazer SUVs, but a sliding-roof version is not expected. Even though the Envoy XUV seats only five occupants, it’s built on General Motors’ extended-wheelbase midsize chassis, which is used for the TrailBlazer EXT and Envoy XL.

Touching a button converts the Envoy XUV’s cargo area from fully enclosed to open-air. When the rear roof is fully retracted, a 32-by-32-inch opening permits carrying tall objects upright. The sliding rear roof does not impair operation of the XUV’s conventional front sunroof.

Inside is a next-generation midgate with a powered glass panel that raises or lowers via a push-button. When the glass is raised, the passenger compartment is sealed off from the cargo section. When the glass is lowered, the rear seats can tumble down and the midgate flips down, which provides an extended cargo bed with 95.2 cubic feet of space.

The cargo area is weather resistant and incorporates a QuickDrain system that can channel out as much as 35 gallons o...

Vehicle Overview
GMC’s latest sport utility vehicle illustrates the maxim that many “new” automotive ideas can be traced back to a place in the past. In the case of the Envoy XUV, its most compelling feature is a retractable rear roof — a convenience that was available in the early 1960s on the Studebaker Wagonaire station wagon.

Not too many of those sliding-roof Studebakers were sold, but GMC has bigger hopes for its new Envoy XUV, which is an elaboration of its line of midsize Envoy models. Chevrolet markets related TrailBlazer SUVs, but a sliding-roof version is not expected. Even though the Envoy XUV seats only five occupants, it’s built on General Motors’ extended-wheelbase midsize chassis, which is used for the TrailBlazer EXT and Envoy XL.

Touching a button converts the Envoy XUV’s cargo area from fully enclosed to open-air. When the rear roof is fully retracted, a 32-by-32-inch opening permits carrying tall objects upright. The sliding rear roof does not impair operation of the XUV’s conventional front sunroof.

Inside is a next-generation midgate with a powered glass panel that raises or lowers via a push-button. When the glass is raised, the passenger compartment is sealed off from the cargo section. When the glass is lowered, the rear seats can tumble down and the midgate flips down, which provides an extended cargo bed with 95.2 cubic feet of space.

The cargo area is weather resistant and incorporates a QuickDrain system that can channel out as much as 35 gallons of water per minute. Wet or dirty messes from hauling such items as topsoil can simply be hosed away.

Exterior
Built with body-on-frame construction on the same platform as the extended-length Envoy XL, the Envoy XUV looks very similar to its GMC counterparts, except for the power-sliding rear roof. GMC claims that the suspension incorporates a “sporty element” compared to other Envoys. An electronically controlled air suspension is optional.

Mounted on a 129-inch wheelbase, the XUV measures 208.4 inches long overall and stands 77 inches tall. Minimum ground clearance is 8 inches. Cast-aluminum wheels hold 17-inch tires.

A dual-function tailgate permits two-tier loading, and the cargo area holds 4-by-8-foot plywood sheets. A push-button raises and lowers the tailgate’s power window. With the window fully down, the tailgate can be dropped for ease of loading. The tailgate also swings to the right, allowing bumper access to the cargo area. With a prop rod, the tailgate can hold 400 pounds.

Interior
Despite the long wheelbase, only five occupants fit into the Envoy XUV. The versatile, all-weather cargo space, with its QuickDrain cleaning system, is a primary attraction. According to GMC, the seats and midgate can be reconfigured in seconds without tools. Four tie-down hooks in the cargo area may be moved to any of 12 locations. Four fixed rings are installed on the roof.

Under the Hood
Two engines are available. GM’s 4.2-liter inline-six-cylinder produces 275 horsepower and 275 pounds-feet of torque. The optional 5.3-liter V-8 makes 290 hp and 325 pounds-feet of torque. A four-speed-automatic transmission serves both engines, which run on regular-grade gasoline. Rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models are available. Traction assist is standard on the rear-drive models. The Envoy XUV can tow as much as 6,500 pounds with the V-8 engine or 5,800 pounds with the six-cylinder.

Safety
Safety features are similar to those on regular Envoys. Vented, all-disc antilock brakes are standard.

Driving Impressions
The Envoy XUV steers with a light touch and is enjoyable to drive. Even though it seems somewhat lightly suspended, the ride is good. You feel all the rough spots on lumpy pavement, but few become bothersome. The XUV also handles nicely for a truck, and it feels more carlike than some SUVs.

Acceleration with the six-cylinder engine is eager enough for most drivers. With this power plant, the XUV responds fairly quickly at higher speeds, if less so at lower velocities. Hard downshifts at lower speeds can also produce engine blare.

Comfortable seats offer adequate support but not much side bolstering to keep occupants in a lateral position. Fully calibrated gauges are excellent, and the controls are easy to locate. With the exception of limited knee space in the second row, the XUV has a roomy interior. Still, it’s that retracting rear roof that makes this vehicle special. As demonstrated during a test drive, it’s even possible to haul a small tree in that space, with considerable room left over.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.2
17 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(3.9)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.1)
Value For The Money
(3.8)

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(5.0)

Why did GMC quit making these, its their best SUV

by Marcus C from Clayton, Ga on May 15, 2018

This XUV has everything, rides better than my wifes Caddi, great seats, power everything, converts to a pick up truck, double tailgate. I will keep this one for a long time. I have seen many for sale ... Read full review

(4.0)

Super Versatile and Stylish

by themagicalmason from hawthorne,ca on January 15, 2018

This is a very strong and versatile vehicle. Unique features and plenty of power with a smooth ride. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2004 GMC Envoy XUV currently has 0 recalls


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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 XUV 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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