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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
Add the U.S.-only 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 15 centimeters (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. 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.
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