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2009 GMC Envoy

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2009 GMC Envoy Review

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Do you find yourself attracted to the reasonable size and off-road ability of the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, but feel your position in life requires you to drive something a bit more upscale? Well, you're in luck, because that's exactly what you'll find in the 2009 GMC Envoy and Envoy Denali. Though identical to the TrailBlazer under the skin, the Envoy visually excels beyond its Chevrolet counterpart with its upscale exterior, plush interior and, for those who can afford the extra premium, high-end Denali trim package. The Envoy is extremely flexible, offering a choice of six- or eight-cylinder engines with two-wheel or four-wheel drive. When equipped with the V8 and the optional tow package, the Envoy can pull up to 6,600 pounds.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need a big SUV but can't make the Yukon's size or price fit your driving needs, the 2009 GMC Envoy holds the answer. It has excellent front-and rear-seat legroom, lots of headroom and a fair amount of cargo space.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The 2009 GMC Envoy is a well-rounded SUV, but some observers think that the lack of independent rear suspension is a detriment. Those seeking better fuel economy, the latest in safety and eight-passenger comfort might be better off with GMC's Acadia crossover SUV.

What's New for 2009

Bluetooth hands-free communication technology is added to OnStar 8.0 for 2009.

Driving the Envoy

Driving Impressions On the road, you'll find the 2009 GMC Envoy's ride to be extremely comfortable, with a firm suspension that soaks up most road imperfections before they ever reach the passenger...

compartment. Extreme lean and dive are kept in check by the complex five-link rear suspension and double A-arms up front. Though the Envoy exhibits some body lean in sharp turns, it does so gradually and never imparts the feeling of being top-heavy. This may be the Envoy's greatest attribute. It offers a car-like ride but still has the ground clearance and suspension settings to take it far off-road.

Adjustable Foot Pedals
The optional power-adjustable foot pedals make finding a comfortable driving position a breeze.

Rear-Seat DVD
The Envoy's optional rear-seat DVD player is a great way to keep the kids amused on long trips.

2009 GMC Envoy Details
2009 GMC Envoy photo Interior

The Envoy's interior is typical GMC: simple and clean. The seating is firm, and the instrument panel controls are handsomely adorned with wood trim and sturdy black plastic. Backlit power-window buttons and steering wheel-mounted controls are two of the Envoy's finer features – details sometimes overlooked by other manufacturers. Safety features include standard head-curtain side airbags for front- and rear-seat outboard passengers. The airbags are tied to an advanced rollover detection system capable of determining if and when deployment is necessary. Unfortunately the Envoy no longer offers the option of a third-row seat, limiting its passenger capacity to five persons.

Exterior

The 2009 GMC Envoy strikes a rugged yet refined pose that seems equally comfortable off-road or at valet parking. Tall doors make it easy to get in without bumping your head, and there's enough glass around the sides to give the driver a good 360-degree view. The Envoy's generous ground clearance creates a high step-in height, but not so extreme it requires the use of a grab handle. The Envoy features a lift-up rear window, which allows placing smaller items inside the cargo hold without having to open the full tailgate. Although the Envoy design has been around a few years, it still looks good, especially in Denali form.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2009 GMC Envoy SLE features a powerful in-line six-cylinder engine, dual-zone manual air conditioning, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), Stabilitrak, illuminated entry, keyless remote, cruise control, tire pressure monitoring system, power liftgate release, dual power mirrors, AM/FM stereo with CD, head-curtain side airbags, XM Satellite Radio, rear window wiper/washer and aluminum wheels. The SLT model adds a garage door opener, heated mirrors, eight-way power driver's seat and the TravelNote digital recorder. The Denali trim features a V8 engine, revised grille and front bumper, heated leather seats, power-adjustable passenger seat and 18-inch polished aluminum wheels.

Optional Equipment

Options for the Envoy include four-wheel drive, a 5.3-liter V8, power moonroof, rear DVD entertainment system, limited-slip rear differential, rear load-leveling suspension, locking rear axle, navigation, 20-inch wheels (Denali), and power-adjustable foot pedals.

Under the Hood

The 4.2-liter in-line six-cylinder engine is all the Envoy needs, unless it will be towing something really big. The Vortec 4200 engine is very impressive and offers the pulling power of a small V8 without the added thirst for fuel. The 5.3-liter V8 delivers a little more horsepower and a usable increase in torque, and at lower engine speeds, and its Active Fuel Management technology helps improve highway fuel economy by cutting fuel to four of the eight cylinders when they're not all needed.

4.2-liter in-line 6
285 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
276 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 (2WD), 14/20 (4WD)

5.3-liter V8
300 horsepower @ 5300 rpm
321 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 (2WD), 14/20 (4WD)

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2009 GMC Envoy Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 928 Ratings for the 2002 - 2009 models.

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  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Reliable and great in snow

By on Monday, February 01, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 211,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Passing power, towing, driving in snow, reliable"

Cons: "Had a few electrical problems and average radio."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought my Envoy with 75,000 miles and now have 211,000. This has been a great SUV. Normal replacement of tires, filters, spark plugs, brakes, etc. Still runs great and does really good in snow! I would buy another if they still made them. The Terrain is too small and the Acadia is to big...The Envoy was just the right size and built on a truck frame."

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

This has been a great vehicle

By on Friday, January 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 168,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "heated seats."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"bought it used with 85,000 on it. practically no major repairs. starts every day even at 20 below zero. very reliable suv."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Good Mid-Sized SUV

By on Friday, January 01, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Good for towing a trailer, 22 MPG when not towing"

Cons: "Built-in navigation maps can't be updated"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"I have the 2008 Denali 4x4 that I purchased new. I needed something to replace our S10 Blazer and it had to be something that could tow a 3,000 pound trailer. The dealer gave me a good deal on this one. It towed our new trailer w/o any issues. Maintenance has been minimal aside from scheduled maintenance. I had my mechanic give it a complete inspection earlier this year when he changed the spark plugs and cleaned the fuel system. He didn't find anything that needed repaired. It gets 22 MPG on the highway (w/o the trailer). The four-wheel drive comes in handy on snow. The built in navigation system's maps cannot be updated so I use a Garmin instead. The On-Star system failed a few years ago. It wasn't covered under the extended warranty and since we never used it, I didn't bother to get it repaired. The XM radio still works fine. We plan to keep it for a few more years. It is outdated compared to all of the features and technology in the current crop of SUV's. If I had to replace it right now, I'd probably go with a Jeep Grand Cherokee."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

bumpy noisey

By on Sunday, December 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "looks good nice size"

Cons: "like i stated"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"to be fair im comparing to my sons Tahoe his is a pleasure to drive mine sucks both are 08 mine is road noise and windy bumpy and weird things went wrong power window passenger side driver seat adjustments next car will be a Chevy I do not thimk G M C is a upgrade"

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Not pleased

By on Monday, September 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 116,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"I am not to please with this vehicle. I had it for 3 yrs and have pd out over $1000 each year to have repairs."

9 people out of 26 found this review helpful

Car is in need of basic repair

By on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 205,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Structure of this vehicle is great. It was garaged it's entire life. There are minor issues that need to be addressed to run properly and pass inspection."

12 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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