We purchased our 2008 GMC Envoy SLT with 10,000 miles on it and one year old. Now we have over 150,000 on it and would not trade it for anything new and free. The best way to describe the old school, body on frame, straight six SUV is SOLID. For work I have the opportunity to rent many vehicles and nothing comes close to the solid feel and stump pulling power of GM's Envoy and Trail blazer twin. My brother in law is a master mechanic and shop owner and rather than purchase a new vehicle (which he could easily afford) he chose a well cared for Trail Blazer. He is highly impressed with the bullet proof power train rugged body on frame design. I can attest it feels like you are driving a SUBSTANTIAL vehicle. The mass of power available at the slightest touch of the gas verifies what I read. The truck engine in these SUVs were over built by GM. The solid axil always stays put and signals when you are adrift in the lane resulting in a reassuring ride and stable tracking regardless of the highway condition. Newer vehicle designs may give you more storage pockets and cup holders but I value solid construction and indestructible power train as more important for getting you from A to B. Comfort is exceptionable and everything is quiet and solid inside the car. Repairs have been limited to a cracked exhaust manifold and wires chewed up by a demented squirrel. I would strongly lean toward buying a well cared for Envoy over a new vehicle just because they simply don't build them like this any more.
Just bought the wife a winter driver because the Toyota Corolla Sport can't even make it out of the driveway if it has 2 inches of snow or more. The Envoy is stable, dependable and with automatic or full time 4 wheel drive it plows through snow and ice covered roads well. Most of the time it turns around in the drive with 5-6 inches of fresh snow without 4 wheel drive engaged. The vehicle has a smooth heavy feel on the highway more like a 1/2 ton truck which we both like but it has a softer ride. Great leg room for me for a change which fits my 6' 1" frame better than most of the smaller crossovers or SUVs. The 4.2L inline six has good power and torque at both low and high speeds.
Automatic 4 wheel drive is nice and the stability control work well together. I actually think I can get to the spark plugs without pulling the engine which is really nice for a change.
Turbocharged inline six might be nice for both power and economy or maybe a small diesel.
Just a couple days old, I bought this 2008 Envoy with 65000 miles on it.
I went to purchase a 2009 Chevy Equinox.
Ironically both sat side by side and were the same price, yet the envoy had 20000 less miles.
From the exterior, the GMC looked to be more solid of a vehicle, it doesnt have that plastic look to it like the Equinox.
Test drive the transmission shifts smooth and no fear of passing on the highway.
Equinox was otherwise.
Gas mileage better than I expected.
Last night did a 115 mile drive on the highway at 65-70 mph, got 22mpg with the air condition on.
I was expecting a SUV of this size to be in the teens, its a truck no one should expect 30 mpg.
So far I love it
Tire Pressure Warning
Instrument dash showing battery charge volts
Heavy duty tow package
forward cupholder should be back a little further so a large cup could fit.
Tire Pressure Warning should have the indicator with it as well to tell you the psi (probably on the Denali)
Shift indicator on gear shift column as well would be nice in case lights went out on dash
This SUV has had more than it's share of problems, dealer has not correctly fixed half of them. 1. driver window extremely slow (dealer said it's normal operation); 2. 4WD service light, dealer changed a sensor; 3. speaker buzzing, dealer changed rear speaker; 4. Stabilitrack service light, dealer changed a sensor; 5. occasional loud Bumping/growling noise at RF wheel, dealer said normal operation; 5. speaker buzzing (out of warranty), Non-dealer replaced rear HVAC control; 6. Check engine light, secondary air injection system, ECM replaced ($700!) 7. Service Stabilitrack, steering wheel sensor ($95!). It's not a Yugo, but what a piece of crap.
Hasn't stranded me on the road yet.
I will never buy another GM vehicle after this and my 2006 GMC Sierra problems. GM is very poor quality compared to their competition.
The SUV has been great, it has got us through many long road trips. Monthly payment was getting to much so had to downsize to a small car again, but looking forward to being back in a FORD Focus again. Anyone who has mentioned the seats don't fold down flat, WELL THEY DO. We didn't think so at first either until my husband went out one day and figured it out, reading the manual really helped too.
Lots of room, DVD player for long road trips, BOSE sound system, 6 disc changer, heated leather seats, side stepping rails, blinkers on side mirrors, radio controls on steering wheel
The cup holder by stereo awful, it's to close to the shift control and is only big enough to hold a medium coffee.