Midsize SUVs are some of the best-selling vehicles on the market, as families and singles alike seek out their just-right compromise of space and maneuverability. The GMC Envoy has been among the eligible candidates in this segment since 1998. It was completely redesigned for 2002, and the result was additional size, power and refinement.
Always a platform twin to the Chevy TrailBlazer, GMC’s Envoy is a traditional body-on-frame SUV offered in two-wheel-drive (2WD) and four-wheel-drive (4WD) configurations. Apart from styling, there are subtle differences between the two, however. For example, the current Envoy can be equipped with an optional rear air suspension (that provides a more isolating ride and balances out heavy loads), while the TrailBlazer doesn’t offer this feature.
Among midsize SUVs, the GMC Envoy gets lost in the pack. It has all the right features to compete in this segment, as well as a comfortable ride and decent power. But you have to weigh this against the Envoy’s sloppy handing and below-average interior build and materials quality. For some, the Envoy may still be an appealing choice, but most shoppers will be better served by its more refined competition.