|MPG||City 15 / Hwy 18|
|Engine||Straight 6 Cylinder Engine|
|Drive Train||Rear wheel drive|
GMC offered the Envoy before, serving as the top-of-the-line member of its Jimmy sport utility vehicle family. The Envoy designation disappeared for a season but is back again for 2002 on a brand-new midsize model. It?s part of a new trio of General Motors midsize SUVs that includes the Chevrolet TrailBlazer and Oldsmobile Bravada. GMC?s version occupies the middle. All three stem from a ?ground-up build,? according to Tom Wallace, GM?s vehicle line executive for its Midsize Truck Group. This vehicle is an extended-length, seven-passenger Envoy XL with three rows of seats. Among the highlights in the Envoy is a new GM engine. It?s not a V-6 or V-8, as in competitive SUVs, but rather a 4.2-liter, all-aluminum inline-six-cylinder that develops 270 horsepower. Claiming it is the strongest in its class, GM chose this engine configuration because an ?inline-six is inherently balanced. The extended-wheelbase Envoy XL rides a 129-inch wheelbase with an overall length of 207.6 inches ? that?s 16 inches longer than the regular Envoy. The extended-size model also is 3 inches taller. The Envoy XL seats seven people and comes with an additional two-place fold-down rear seat. GMC promises 6 additional inches of shoulder room in the XL than in the third-row seat of a Ford Explorer. The XL?s cargo volume is 100.2 cubic feet. Like the hard-working TrailBlazer, GMC?s Envoy seems eagerly ready to compete against the newly redesigned Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer in terms of passing power, ride comfort and handling prowess. Performance is a definite plus. While tromping on the gas to pass or merge, few drivers are likely to realize that the source of power is an inline-six rather than a V-8. Even on mountain grades, the 270-hp engine exudes confidence. Not only is engine sound barely discernible, except when pushed really hard, but road noise is also virtually absent.
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