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GMC Envoy XL Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.2 L Inline 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 275 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/19 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2003 GMC Envoy XL

  • If you're looking for true seven-passenger capacity and serious cargo space in a midsize SUV, the Envoy XL has the competition beat.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Strong six- or eight-cylinder power, clean interior design, plenty of passenger and cargo room.

  • Cons

    Spongy suspension, numb steering, odd exterior proportions.

  • What's New for 2003

    For 2003, Envoy XL buyers are able to order options individually, rather than as part of an equipment package, adding potential savings and increased flexibility. The sport-ute's already powerful 4.2-liter inline six engine also gets a slight bump in horsepower, up from 270 to 275; XL buyers seeking increased low-end torque, greater cargo-hauling and trailering capability and speedier acceleration may step up to the newly offered 5.3-liter V8, which spews 290 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. Additionally, Envoy XLs now boast a new four-position headlamp switch that permits drivers to turn off the vehicle's daytime running lamps and automatic headlamps when necessary.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

I love my envoy

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Vehicle: 2003 GMC Envoy XL SLT Rwd 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)

I'm the second owner but I've had for the last 4 years and I LOVE my Envoy. I've never loved a car before but this rides smooth, is so quiet, shifts like a dream, makes tight car-like Uturns, plenty of interior room, nice leg room, has 86,000 miles. I've had to replace the fan clutch ($600), the arm rest (my fault - $70) and something else that I can't remember the name of but it may be called the driveline (?). Anyway, it's the part that causes your vehicle to shift into gear ($200). It's just been a dream to ride and drive. This is a vehicle that you want to take care of because you want it to last forever.




My 2003 envoy

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Vehicle: 2003 GMC Envoy XL SLE Rwd 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)

I bought my 2003 Envoy XL brand new and at the beginning had several issues but I now have 152,000 miles on it and have literally put only $3000 of repairs due to my excessive driving from vacation to seeing my kids away at college. It gets impressive gas mileage STILL! I will never trade or sell this vehicle, one of my son's will inherit it since I have takin care of it like my baby!



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Comfortable suv

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Vehicle: 2003 GMC Envoy XL SLE Rwd 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)

I bought my 2003 Envoy XL brand new and always did synthetic oil changes. I flushed the transmission once. The things that went bad were (fan clutch) and (battery). Other then those two things, it performed flawlessly. Never had a problem with the engine or transmission. The interior door panels are comming un-glued, but over all it was a great purchase for my family. I just bought a 2011 Honda Pilot EX and I can already tell that I miss the power that the envoy has. But the pilot seats 8 versus the 7 in the Envoy




Overall, great car

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Vehicle: 2003 GMC Envoy XL SLT 4WD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)

We have had our Envoy XL for 8 years. It has served as our family vehicle. It has help up well for the past 8 years but now it is starting to wear. EX: (Both heated seats broken, computer issues, load leveling suspension issues) We LOVE this car but realize that we have to get rid of it soon. Due to the load leveling suspension issue, the car will lower itself down to the ground while we are driving it or when it is parked, so we are reluctantly looking at the Acadia because we want the same reliability and quality of a GMC.




I love my envoy!

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Vehicle: 2003 GMC Envoy XL SLT 4WD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)

I have owned my Envoy for 7 years, I have 51,000 miles on it. I love the ride and the comfort. I did have one problem that cost me $700. I plan on keeping my Envoy for many more years. I want to thank GMC for making a quality SUV. I manage to get around 18 MPG in the city and 21 MPG on the highway, I have never had a heavy foot so I believe that is why I get better mileage than most other owners.




With good comes bad

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Vehicle: 2003 GMC Envoy XL SLE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)

Overall strong vehicle but has cost us a bit. After just over one year of ownership, the 4x4 feature started to fail. This lead to a complete transmission overhaul. $2400 there. Then within months, the fan clutch went for another $850. Less than one year now, the light is on again, what now? We already have the electronic circuit needing replacement. Apparently, that's to blame in the repeated blow out of the rear break lights. Great for camping or driving in snow/rain but you need to have some repair cash saved aside.



Full 2003 GMC Envoy XL Review

What's New for 2003

For 2003, Envoy XL buyers are able to order options individually, rather than as part of an equipment package, adding potential savings and increased flexibility. The sport-ute's already powerful 4.2-liter inline six engine also gets a slight bump in horsepower, up from 270 to 275; XL buyers seeking increased low-end torque, greater cargo-hauling and trailering capability and speedier acceleration may step up to the newly offered 5.3-liter V8, which spews 290 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. Additionally, Envoy XLs now boast a new four-position headlamp switch that permits drivers to turn off the vehicle's daytime running lamps and automatic headlamps when necessary.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 14
  • cty
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  • 19
  • highway
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