The GMC Envoy is a midsize SUV introduced in 1998 as a high-end version of the Jimmy; however, the Jimmy was later discontinued, and the Envoy took over the slot completely. All models are four-door SUVs with a front engine and a rear drive or a four-wheel drive.
The first generation models were made from 1998 through 2000; these were the higher-end versions of the Jimmy. The Envoy was not made for 2001 and 2002, but previous models were still delivered to dealerships. The 2005 models only offered a few changes from the 2004 models; however, the changes to the larger XL version are more significant. The XL is covered separately. The Envoy is known for its reliable engine, comfortable and quiet ride, and moderate price for the features and powertrain within its class.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.2-liter six-cylinder, 5.3-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic with overdrive
Models: GMC Envoy SLE 4x2, GMC Envoy SLE 4x4, GMC Envoy SLT 4x2, GMC Envoy SLT 4x4, GMC Envoy Denali 4x2, GMC Envoy Denali 4x4
The majority of changes from 2004 to 2005 models centered on the Envoy XL upgraded editions, which are covered under another section. Outside of these changes, there were limited upgrades in available technology, like hands-free OnStar capability.
The 2005 GMC Envoy has a solid and large frame with a distinctive front end leading to a pronounced body with moderate overhang front and back. The Envoy has a 113-inch wheelbase and is a total of 191.6 inches long and 71.9 inches tall. 2005 models are available in a range of colors and 17-inch cast-aluminum wheels are standard.
The 2005 GMC Envoy can seat five comfortably and has a roomy interior. The front seats are bucket style and they recline, while the rear bench is split-folding for additional cargo space. Total cargo space is up to 80.1 cubic feet. The instrument layout is straightforward and simple, and the materials available for the interior are of moderate quality within its class. Driver’s have a choice of different trim styles. Some optional features offered in various trims include satellite radio, a DVD entertainment system for the back seats, and power-adjustable pedals.
Performance & Handling
Base models come with the reliable and award-winning 275-hp, 4.2-liter, six-cylinder engine. While not as powerful as the engines in the upper models, the base engine offers plenty of acceleration and passing power. The four-speed automatic transmission is smooth, and towing capacity is good within its class. Upgraded models get a more powerful 300-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 coupled with the same transmission for increased performance and towing capacity.
All models are exemplary within their class for road and engine noise, and drivers will enjoy a comfortable and quiet ride. The GMC Envoy’s large size can become difficult to maneuver in traffic and visibility makes fitting into tight parking spots a bit difficult.
Side curtain airbags are optional and all-disc anti-lock brakes are standard in the 2005 GMC Envoy.
EPA Fuel Economy
GMC Envoy SLE, SLT: 14/20 mpg city/highway
GMC Envoy Denali: 14/19 mpg city/highway
- Comfortable ride
You Won't Like
- Fuel efficiency
- Bulky for city traffic and parking
Performs above average at a good price.
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