2005 GMC Envoy XL SLT Road Test
XL Wheelbase Delivers Extra-Length Comfort
Since their introduction to the domestic SUV market in 2002, I have been a fan of GM's mid-size SUV cousins the GMC Envoy, the
|I have been a big fan of GM's mid-size SUV lineup, which includes the GMC Envoy, the Chevrolet Trailblazer, the Buick Rainier and the discontinued Oldsmobile Bravada. (Photo: Rob Rothwell, American Auto Press)|
Add the Isuzu Ascender and Saab's upcoming 9-7X off-roader to the list and it's safe to say that GM is making the greatest use of this hydroformed fully-boxed frame as possible. But wait! This dexterous architecture can also be found beneath Chevrolet's phenomenally cool SSR pickup, although for this application it was shortened by 6 inches.
Although little has changed design-wise since its introduction, the Envoy
|Considering the Envoy is a body-on-frame truck, its outer assembly quality is very good. (Photo: Rob Rothwell, American Auto Press)|
Considering the Envoy is a body-on-frame truck, its outer assembly quality is very good. Body panel gapping appears minimal and accurate, reflective more of passenger car tolerances than those of truck-based, four-wheel drive SUVs. The doors on my test unit opened and closed with ease, resonating a solid "whump" when sealing shut.