We did encounter a few minor electronic gremlins that proved largely anecdotal, such as a random call to OnStar and the trip computer changing languages without prompting. Overall, the Envoy performed reliably and admirably for 12 months, with no more than basic service required. The one exception was a sticking passenger-seatbelt retractor that had to be replaced under warranty. Our annual maintenance cost was $700.11, buoyed by a significant scheduled service totaling $486.36 at 21,000 miles.
The right-size packaging had drivers and passengers finding adequate space, while keeping overall dimensions tidy enough to make the vehicle fun to drive and easy to park. Strong power, a rigid frame, comfortable ride, and masculine packaging never lost its appeal over the 12 months, proving an old-school SUV approach can still play in the increasingly "nu sheetmetal" marketplace--and do so without a trendy clothes outfitter in tow.
What's new, changed, different
GMC has used the Envoy to launch an entire family of midsize sport/utility vehicles that now counts a long-wheelbase XL and the flexible cargo-space-managing XUV among the siblings. As the name implies, the XL is a longer variant featuring third-row seating and an optional 5.3-liter, 290-horsepower V-8. The increased power raises tow capacity to 7100 pounds.
The innovative XUV is a fresh take on combined pickup and SUV abilities. This model has a large, power-sliding roof that opens to expose an all-weather cargo area. The result is the flexibility to transport tall items as well as isolate wet, muddy gear or even animals. Like the XL, the XUV is available with the I-6 (now 275 horsepower) or optional V-8 engine.