2004 GMC Envoy

  • 2004 GMC Envoy Base Sport Utility

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2004 GMC Envoy Review

An attractive and solid alternate to other SUVs.

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The 2004 GMC Envoy serves as a well-known sport utility vehicle (SUV) with plenty of features and extras to get the attention of those looking for a reliable SUV option. The 2004 model comes in two trim levels, the SLE and the SLT. Both trim levels share the same 2.4-liter, six-cylinder engine. The Envoy debuted 1998 and the 2004 edition falls into the second generation. Overall, the Envoy makes a good car choice for families or active people thanks to its passenger and cargo space. It includes plenty of features to meet the needs of most SUV fans.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.2-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: GMC Envoy SLE, GMC Envoy SLT

What's New

For the 2004 model year GMC makes some changes to the list of features for the Envoy. The company adds XM satellite radio, appropriate stereo, adjustable pedals, and a DVD-based navigation system. There have been some equipment modifications as well. The SLE features vinyl trim on the doors instead of cloth. The lumbar adjustment system on the two front seats adjusts two ways instead of using the four-way design from the past. GMC also removes the cargo power outlet in this trim level. The SLT gets a revised steering wheel. Any Envoy comes equipped a DVD entertainment system with sound that comes through the vehicle’s stereo. Wireless headphones provide an option as well.


The 2004 GMC Envoy offers an attractive sport utility vehicle with plenty of character and good looks. It comes equipped with a wide front end and grille. This design gives the Envoy an impressive look. The grille features the GMC logo predominantly in the center. The squared headlights look distinctive and the SUV’s bumpers match the rest of the body color. The sides appear slightly rounded with obvious lines down the sides of the vehicle. Both trim levels have roof racks and the back end of the Envoy features a manual, flip-up liftgate window and a standard rear liftgate door. GMC offers its SUV in several color choices, including Onyx Black, Silver Green Metallic, and Carbon Metallic.


The inside of the 2004 GMC Envoy looks just as impressive as the exterior. This cabin comes equipped with either cloth or leather bucket seats. In the SLT, the driver’s seat offers height adjustment and has an adjustable lumbar support system. The rear seat folds and rear ventilation ducts sit in the back of the cabin. Power door locks and windows provide standard features as well. Faux wood adds elegance and charm to the cabin. It can be found on the center console, dash, and doors. The leather steering wheel gives it a nice touch as well.

Performance & Handling

With the 2004 Envoy you get what you would expect from this type of SUV. The handling seems a bit sloppy, but the powertrain proves sufficient to take care of most drivers’ needs. The 2004 GMC Envoy works well on the highway or on traditional roads, but it does not offer a lot of off-road capabilities. Equipped with a 4.2-liter, six-cylinder motor, the Envoy completes its drivetrain with a four-speed automatic transmission. Some critics suggest one of the Envoy’s competitors for more efficient performance and handling.


GMC ensures its vehicles have sufficient safety systems. The 2004 GMC Envoy makes no exception. It comes equipped with a long list of standard safety features. The Envoy includes four-wheel anti-lock brakes, a front and rear ventilated disc braking system, and an engine immobilizer to shut off the engine in the event of an accident. Child seat anchors and rear-door child safety locks come standard as well. The front and rear headrests adjust for the best fit and the rear seat also comes equipped with a center lap seat belt. Unfortunately, the Envoy doesn’t perform exceptionally well in crash tests.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC Envoy: 14/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Effective and attractive interior design
  • Impressive six-cylinder power
  • Lots of cool options

You Won't Like

  • Handles sloppily around corners
  • Numb steering
  • Some less-than-impressive materials in the cabin

Sum Up

An attractive and solid alternate to other SUVs.

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