2005 GMC Envoy XUV

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2005 GMC Envoy XUV Review

Equipped with a reliable engine and added benefits.

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Overview

The Envoy XUV is a unique pickup truck/SUV combination that other brands have tried to re-create. However, the design is actually not completely original. The Studebaker Wagonaire station wagon shared a number of features with the XUV, but few companies had much success. The second generation Envoy lineup was in production from 2002 through 2009 before being replaced by the GMC Acadia.

Despite the greater Envoy's moderate success, the XUV was only in production for about a year and a half. Sales for the first model year fell well short of even GMC’s relatively low expectations, and with plenty of 2004 models sitting on lots across the U.S., it was cancelled mid-production in early 2005.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup truck/SUV
Engines: 4.2-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic with overdrive
Models: GMC Envoy XUV SLE, GMC Envoy XUV SLE 4x4, GMC Envoy XUV SLT, GMC Envoy XUV SLT 4x4

What's New

The GMC Envoy XUV was first introduced for the 2004 model year, and production was cut short for 2005 models, so not much changed.

Exterior

From approximately midway through the body to the front, the GMC Envoy XUV has an attractive, if common, profile for an SUV, with a powerful and unique grille from the GMC lineup. Whether it’s from a lack of exposure to this kind of vehicle, or if there is genuinely something odd about the design, many will have the impression of two different vehicles which were chopped in half then glued together right in the middle. Though the rear retractable bed cover is an innovation, it is not particularly attractive to look at.

The 2005 GMC Envoy XUV is available in a range of colors and sits on 17-inch cast-aluminum wheels.

Interior

The 2005 GMC Envoy XUV seats up to five occupants and the inside can be reconfigured to accommodate additional cargo space with the midgate down. There are four tie-down rings in the back, and these can be moved to 12 locations with slots to serve this purpose. The cabin is relatively roomy in the front, but back passengers may feel a little squeezed. The 2005 GMC Envoy XUV offers a comfortable and quiet ride when it is in ""SUV mode"" and mid-gate up. Noise increases with the mid-gate down, but not overly noisy. The controls are well-placed and intuitive, and the gauges are easy to read. There are a number in interior trims and options available similar to the other Envoys in the lineup.

Performance & Handling

The only engine offered on the GMC Envoy XUV is the very reliable 275-hp, 4.2-liter six-cylinder, which performs very well, offers plenty of kick, and provides good towing capacity. It handles comfortably on the highway, but can get awkward in heavy traffic and can be difficult to drive in the city and park in tight spots.

Safety

The 2005 GMC Envoy XUV has all-disc anti-lock brakes standard and side curtain airbags are optional.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC Envoy XUV: 13/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Cargo versatility
  • Easy-to-clean bed
  • Cargo capacity
  • Readable instrument panel
  • Reliable engine
  • Powerful within its class

You Won't Like

  • Truck/SUV compromise
  • Odd rear styling
  • Maneuvering in traffic
  • Parking in tight spots

Sum Up

Equipped with a reliable engine and added benefits.

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