Used 2002 GMC Envoy XL SUV

2002 GMC Envoy XL

2002 Highlights

Debuting as a midyear addition to the Envoy lineup, the Envoy XL is an extended-wheelbase seven-passenger version of the standard Envoy.


  • Strong six-cylinder power, clean interior design, highest passenger and cargo room in its class.


  • Spongy suspension, numb steering, odd exterior proportions.

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Edmunds' Expert Review

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

vehicle overview

As the evolution of the SUV continues, customers continue to demand ever more utility from their family-haulers. The newest draw in the marketplace is a third-row seat. With one of these, an SUV can accommodate two or even three additional passengers in back. Most manufacturers have accomplished this by merely jamming an extra bench seat in their standard midsize offerings -- but not GMC.

To provide what it considered true seven-passenger capacity, GMC took its standard Envoy sport-ute and stretched it a full 16 inches to create the Envoy XL. This extended-length version offers third-row seating that, according to GMC, can comfortably accommodate two 6-foot-2-inch 190-pound adult males. Fold the third-row seat flat, and the Envoy really shows its advantage, offering more than 100 cubic feet of cargo space -- that's almost 20 cubic feet more than a seven-passenger Explorer.

Other than the Envoy XL's extended length and additional seating, it remains identical to the standard Envoy. That means serious horsepower from the 4.2-liter inline six engine and an advanced hydroformed frame structure that sets new standards for stiffness in the midsize class of SUVs. Rated at 270 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, this new engine out-powers most of its competitors' V8s, let alone their V6 offerings. Achieving its peak torque output at a low 1,600 rpm gives the straight six a wide powerband that delivers plenty of passing and merging power at just about any speed. The suspension uses dual A-arms and coilover shocks up front and a five-link coil spring system in the rear to give the Envoy XL a smooth ride, although we find it a bit too soft in the corners. An electronically controlled air spring suspension is optional in the rear, providing load-leveling capabilities and an even more isolated ride.

The Envoy XL comes in two well-appointed trim levels: SLE and SLT. Base SLE versions come with a deluxe cloth interior, dual-zone climate control, the OnStar communications system, dual front and side airbags and a six-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo. SLT models are loaded with just about every feature available including a driver information center, automatic climate control, leather seating and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with satellite radio and climate controls, just to name a few. The Envoy also offers a rear-seat DVD entertainment system as an option.

The new Envoy XL certainly one-ups the competition when it comes to seven-passenger comfort and overall cargo capacity. Combined with the powerful new engine, it makes quite a case for itself in this hard-fought segment. Although the reworked suspension delivers a soft, comfortable ride, it still has a little work to do before it can match the road feel of the Explorer's fully independent setup. In most other areas, however, it matches up favorably.

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Features & Specs

SLT 4WD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)SLE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)SLT 2WD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)SLE 2WD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)
Transmission4-speed automatic4-speed automatic4-speed automatic4-speed automatic
Horsepower270 hp @ 6000 rpm270 hp @ 6000 rpm270 hp @ 6000 rpm270 hp @ 6000 rpm

Top Consumer Reviews

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A Great SUV!
I've had this Envoy, SLT-XL V6 since new in 8/2002, 6.5 yrs. with 115K miles. It has been great except for modulator for A/C replaced at 4yrs. Everything works fine, ride is great, carries 7 avg. sized men with room for a large cooler. Great gas mileage, 24+ highway and 17+ around town. On occasion will shift from 2wd to AWD for no reason. Mechanic has looked at twice. This has actually been in the shop less than my friend's 2002 Acura TL. I have back problems and the driver's seat is the best around for the electric adjustable lumbar support. Overall very pleased with this vehicle.
This vehicle is excellent in winter - it's a good solid vehicle and very dependable as well as comfortable. I always had a problem with the view - some very big blind spots, which are to be expected with a bigger vehicle but, they also existed when looking for traffic when crossing a road. I'd look one second and not see anything and look again and a car would be whizzing by me. Maybe it's just the way I sat in the car but, it was also the thickness and tilt of the window as well as the oversized mirror with the Not Used OnStar stuff - a smaller rear view mirror was not an option at the time of purchase. I liked the vehicle but never got over the view
Disappointed in the Reliablility
We purchased our Envoy XL SLT approximately 2 months ago after much research into 7-passenger SUVs. Although we love the comfort, styling, and features of this vehicle, we have been very disappointed in its reliability. We have had it in for service 4 times in two months. The problems have involved the fuel line and fuel system (2 separate repairs), the solenoid, and the wiper mechanism (replaced wiper module after wipers and windshield wash squirters would not turn off). Needless to say, at this price and with a brand-new vehicle, we have been more than disappointed.
Used 2002 GMC Envoy XL SUV Overview

The Used 2002 GMC Envoy XL SUV is offered in the following styles: SLT 4WD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A), SLE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A), SLT 2WD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A), and SLE 2WD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A).

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