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2005 GMC Envoy XUV

$2,620 — $9,380 USED
Sport Utility
5 Seats
16-17 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.2) 9 reviews

The Good

  • Cargo-area versatility
  • Easy hose-down cleaning
  • Readability of instruments and controls
  • Cargo capacity

The Bad

  • Fuel economy
  • Backseat space
  • No third-row seat
  • Low-speed response of six-cylinder

What to Know

about the 2005 GMC Envoy XUV
  • Retractable rear roof
  • QuickDrain cleaning
  • Folding midgate
  • Dual-action tailgate
  • Displacement on Demand V-8 for 2005

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
GMC's Envoy XUV sport utility vehicle illustrates the maxim that many new ideas can be traced back to the past. The Envoy XUV's most compelling feature is a retractable rear roof � a convenience that was available in the early 1960s on the Studebaker Wagonaire station wagon.

Touching a button converts the XUV's cargo area from fully enclosed to an open-air space. When the rear roof is fully retracted, a 32-by-32-inch opening allows tall objects to be carried upright.

Inside, the midgate features a powered glass panel that raises or lowers via a push-button. When the glass is raised, the passenger compartment is separated from the cargo section. When the glass is lowered, the rear seats can tumble down and the midgate can flip down, which provides an extended cargo bed.

A QuickDrain system in the cargo area can channel out as much as 30 gallons of water per minute. Wet or dirty messes can simply be hosed away.

For 2005, a Generation IV version of the available 5.3-liter V-8 operates with Displacement on Demand technology to improve fuel economy. A passenger-sensing system goes into the right front seat, and General Motors' OnStar communication system gains upgraded hands-free capability. The XUV comes in SLE and SLT trim levels.


Exterior
Built with body-on-frame construction, the Envoy XUV looks similar to the Envoy XL; however, the XUV has this unique power-sliding rear roof. An electronically controlled rear load-leveling suspension is optional...
Vehicle Overview
GMC's Envoy XUV sport utility vehicle illustrates the maxim that many new ideas can be traced back to the past. The Envoy XUV's most compelling feature is a retractable rear roof � a convenience that was available in the early 1960s on the Studebaker Wagonaire station wagon.

Touching a button converts the XUV's cargo area from fully enclosed to an open-air space. When the rear roof is fully retracted, a 32-by-32-inch opening allows tall objects to be carried upright.

Inside, the midgate features a powered glass panel that raises or lowers via a push-button. When the glass is raised, the passenger compartment is separated from the cargo section. When the glass is lowered, the rear seats can tumble down and the midgate can flip down, which provides an extended cargo bed.

A QuickDrain system in the cargo area can channel out as much as 30 gallons of water per minute. Wet or dirty messes can simply be hosed away.

For 2005, a Generation IV version of the available 5.3-liter V-8 operates with Displacement on Demand technology to improve fuel economy. A passenger-sensing system goes into the right front seat, and General Motors' OnStar communication system gains upgraded hands-free capability. The XUV comes in SLE and SLT trim levels.


Exterior
Built with body-on-frame construction, the Envoy XUV looks similar to the Envoy XL; however, the XUV has this unique power-sliding rear roof. An electronically controlled rear load-leveling suspension is optional. Mounted on a 129-inch wheelbase, the XUV measures 208.4 inches long overall. Cast-aluminum wheels hold 17-inch tires. A dual-function tailgate that drops down or swings open is installed, and the cargo area can hold 4-by-8-foot plywood sheets with the tailgate down.

Interior
As many as five occupants can fit inside the Envoy XUV. According to GMC, the seats and midgate can be reconfigured in seconds without tools. Four tie-down rings can be moved to any of 12 locations in the cargo area.

Under the Hood
The Envoy XUV's standard 4.2-liter inline-six-cylinder produces 275 horsepower. The optional 5.3-liter V-8 has Displacement on Demand technology and makes 300 hp and 330 pounds-feet of torque. A four-speed-automatic transmission serves both engines, which run on regular-grade gasoline. Rear- and four-wheel-drive models are available.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes are standard. Side curtain-type airbags are optional.

Driving Impressions
The Envoy XUV is enjoyable to drive and steers with a light touch. You feel all the rough spots on bumpy pavement, but few are bothersome. The Envoy XUV also handles nicely for a truck � and it seems more carlike than some SUVs.

Acceleration with the six-cylinder engine will be eager enough for most drivers. The six-cylinder responds fairly quickly at higher speeds, if less so at lower velocities. Hard downshifts at lower speeds can produce engine blare.

Comfortable seats offer adequate support but not much side bolstering. Except for limited knee space in the second row, the XUV has a roomy interior. It's the retracting rear roof that makes this vehicle special.


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.2
9 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.0)
Performance
(3.8)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(3.9)
Value For The Money
(4.1)
(5.0)

Best utility Vehicle I have owned, for my needs.

by XUV owner from Nashville on May 29, 2018

Very reliable and versatile vehicle. Great value for the money. Fit my needs perfectly and wish I could but another new one. No longer in production. Read full review

(5.0)

We bought it.

by texasfizz from Houston, Tx on February 27, 2018

We test drove the car and fell in love with it. We were not sure that we were going to buy tonight but driving this car convinced us and we bought it. Read full review

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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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