2008 GMC Envoy


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2008 GMC Envoy Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 GMC Envoy was new.

Pros & Cons

  • Solid engine choices in the inline six and V8
  • Excellent towing capacities and off-roading abilities
  • Roomy interior provides ample space for both the front and back seats
  • Questionable reliability and sub-par value
  • Controversial steering and sometimes sluggish handling
  • Some find the seats uncomfortable

6.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.5
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 7.5
Safety: 6.5
Reliability:
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2008 GMC Envoy Overview

The 2008 GMC Envoy was launched in 2002 to replace the long-running Jimmy. The Envoy receives minor changes for 2008, including the addition of standard XM Satellite Radio and head-curtain airbags. Reviews say it provides a comfortable ride, but complain that its handling and interior quality are below-average. Forbes advises buyers to keep looking if they "want something sportier, more stylish or more reliable." Despite its all-terrain abilities, the Envoy ranks near the bottom of the class when compared only to other off-road SUVs

The GMC Envoy has three available trims: the base SLE, the SLT, and the top-of-the-line Denali. All models are available as a 2WD or as a 4WD.

  • "The current Envoy represents a vast improvement over its predecessor, but ultimately, it doesn't measure up to competitors. While its handsome exterior and roomy interior may attract consumers, GMC needs to come up with a better compromise between cushy ride quality and confident handling; specifically, it should lose some of the former to gain some of the latter." -- Carz Unlimited
  • "More than a mere lifestyle accessory, the Envoy proved to have the goods over its year-long evaluation, whatever the chore or journey." -- Motor Trend
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