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2000 GMC Envoy Review
Powerful luxury SUV with great towing.
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The 2000 GMC Envoy looks like a twin to the Chevy Blazer in most respects. More accurately, it represents a GMC Jimmy with every luxury feature a driver could want, inside and out. These extra features, however, do not compensate for an engine and chassis that have seen better days.
First created in 1998, the Envoy has plenty of total power, but its older engine leaves it lacking at times, like when passing on the highway. Although GMC makes some improvements to the engine this year, it does not alter the persistent impression of lagging power under the hood. The steering does not seem great, making for a huge turn radius. Nevertheless, the Envoy’s luxury may make it desirable despite its functional shortcomings.
Engines: 4.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: GMC Envoy
The 2000 GMC Envoy shows only small changes. The seats have been upgraded, and it shows some engine improvements.
The Envoy flaunts a decidedly upscale-looking exterior with some impressive and sporty options. For example, a power sunroof provides an option on the Envoy, something rarely found in its class. Full-wrap body cladding, molded wheel flares, and a monochrome paint scheme enhance the 2000 GMC Envoy. The Envoy’s front bumper comes body-colored, and it has chrome accents and decorative, round fog lamps.
The back of the envoy has a step bumper with an integrated trailer hitch. A rear spoiler and roof rack come standard. In the center of the spoiler sits a neon Center High Mounted Stop Lamp (CHMSL). The rear door either swings up as a liftgate or downward as a tailgate. In either case the window opens separately. The spare tire hangs under the car, which improves visibility out the back but, of course, makes changing tires more difficult.
Drivers find the real luxury of the Envoy inside. The SUV comes filled with luxury features, such as Zebrano wood trim and Nuance leather power seating with heating. It even has the Envoy badge stitched into the headrests. The bucket seats recline and the headrests adjust four ways. The driver’s seat comes with two-position memory. The console looks like a cockpit with an instrument panel angled 15 degrees toward the driver. Center and overhead consoles offer plenty of storage capacity.
GM’s premium Bose system comes standard on the 2000 GMC Envoy, bringing a lovely sound from CDs or the radio. Other perks include room for a cell phone in the center console and an overhead unit that holds a three-button transmitter. Other standard features include power windows and door locks, keyless entry, cruise control, and the OnStar system.
Performance & Handling
The Envoy’s overall power proves more than sufficient. The Envoy’s 4.3-liter, high-output V-6 produces 190 horsepower at 4400 rpm and 250 lb-ft of torque at 2800 rpm. This results in plenty of power to tow up to 5600 pounds from the trailer hitch that comes standard. However, the acceleration at highway speeds remains fairly weak. Shifting feels very rough at the high end where the outdated V-6 technology simply cannot maintain a steady increase in speed.
The 2000 GMC Envoy's four-wheel-drive system employs GM's AutoTrac two-speed active transfer case, which allows for automatic shifting from all-wheel drive to four-wheel drive when road conditions warrant it. Plus, a ""tow/haul"" button on the transmission shift lever adjusts the shift points in the electronically controlled automatic when the vehicle is heavily loaded or towing a trailer. A luxury suspension still hugs the road enough for off-roading. The steering in the Envoy falls short of precision, and the turning radius remains much too large.
The 200 GMC Envoy includes several built-in safety features. Dual front driver and passenger side airbags come standard and can be switched off if small people sit in the front seats. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes also come standard, along with front and rear anti-roll bars. The PassLock anti-theft system provides extra protection, and the OnStar system comes standard.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Towing power
- Precise and steady shifting with the automatic
- Luxury features
You Won't Like
- Noisy with lots of rattles
- Only one trim level
- Lacks power for high-speed passing
Powerful luxury SUV with great towing.
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