The GMC Envoy has a good basic design with roomy, quiet accommodations and a compliant ride. But handling is less than agile overall and sloppy at the limit. Braking isn't very good, either. We also found the front-seat-mounted safety belts uncomfortable. Stability control improves handling considerably in emergency situations.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags available until 2004. Head protection air bags available from 2005, standard from 2008. ESC standard from 2006.
Road Test

The GMC Envoy has a good basic design with roomy, quiet accommodations and a compliant ride. But handling is less than agile overall and sloppy at the limit. Braking isn't very good, either. We also found the front-seat-mounted safety belts uncomfortable. Stability control improves handling considerably in emergency situations.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD, Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 4.2-liter 6 (285 hp)
  • 5.3-liter V8 (300 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 GMC Envoy owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Power steering leaks

"Leakage was due to defective rack & pinion, which was replaced twice due to faulty first replacement"

Anonymous, IL (2008 GMC Envoy 4.2-L 6 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"leaking front strut"

David S., PA (2008 GMC Envoy Denali 5.3-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Have had this issue with the right front rack and pinon since 2010. Have had it fixed 3 times already and the problem is back. Bought an extended warranty and after first 2 times the third one was on me. You could hear a clunking sound and whistling"

Anonymous, IL (2008 GMC Envoy SLE 4.2-L 6 Cyl)
Tie rods

"Needed to replace right tie rods. Left was replace last year"

Anonymous, MI (2008 GMC Envoy SLE 4.2-L 6 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Heard a noise while driving vehicle. Mechanic inspection revealed a wheel bearing was bad. Replaced bearing and all is well"

Anonymous, IL (2008 GMC Envoy 4.2-L 6 Cyl)

"Needed to replace one wheel bearing due to wear. Was beginning to make noise"

Anonymous, OH (2008 GMC Envoy SLT 4.2-L 6 Cyl)

"Went bad at about 60,000K miles. A little early in my opinion."

Greg Z., PA (2008 GMC Envoy SLT 4.2-L 6 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Mice ate through system wiring"

Anonymous, CT (2008 GMC Envoy SLT 4.2-L 6 Cyl)
Calipers

"Wore out"

Anonymous, (2008 GMC Envoy SLE 4.2-L 6 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Brakes needed to be replaced for first time"

Anonymous, OH (2008 GMC Envoy SLE 4.2-L 6 Cyl)

"Replaced brakes and rotors due to normal wear and tear"

Anonymous, NY (2008 GMC Envoy SLT 4.2-L 6 Cyl)
Rotors

"extensive rust caused premature rotor failure"

Anonymous, CT (2008 GMC Envoy SLT 4.2-L 6 Cyl)
Squeaking

"Replace brakes"

Anonymous, (2008 GMC Envoy SLE 4.2-L 6 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Had to replace twice"

Anonymous, ON (2008 GMC Envoy Denali 5.3-L V8)

"the clutch bearing failed and neither the bearing or clutch assembly were available so I had to replace the compressor which made it quite expensive."

Daniel U., IL (2008 GMC Envoy SLT 4.2-L 6 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"Two Zone System. Driver side locked in heat mode, after battery failure"

Anonymous, MD (2008 GMC Envoy SLT 4.2-L 6 Cyl)

"AC makes small creaking noise due to air mixing valve in dash under certain specific conditions"

Roger H., IL (2008 GMC Envoy SLT 4.2-L 6 Cyl)

"Neither the heat nor ac worked. The entire dashboard had to be taken apart and parts replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2008 GMC Envoy Denali 5.3-L V8)
Blower (fan) motor

"Replacement of blower module"

Anonymous, MN (2008 GMC Envoy SLT 4.2-L 6 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

"Exhaust manifold completely cracked in half"

Steven N., PA (2008 GMC Envoy SLT 5.3-L V8)

"Hairline crack where pipes join prior to donut gasket"

June M., FL (2008 GMC Envoy SLT 4.2-L 6 Cyl)

"cracked"

Anonymous, OH (2008 GMC Envoy SLT 4.2-L 6 Cyl)

"The exhaust manifold was cracked and needed to be replaced. $600 repair 2 weeks out of a recall that would have been covered by the manufacturer. I was not happy!"

Cara C., MN (2008 GMC Envoy SLE 4.2-L 6 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"Sudden vibration, got worse quickly 4WD stopped working"

Thomas K., MI (2008 GMC Envoy Denali 5.3-L V8)
Driveshaft or axle

"broken u joint"

Robert H., MI (2008 GMC Envoy SLE 4.2-L 6 Cyl)
Traction control

"the traction light indicator comes on for no apparent reason when its dry out or even when the car is not moving"

Anonymous, OR (2008 GMC Envoy SLT 4.2-L 6 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

"Low beam headlight control relay failed. Corrected with new relay"

Anonymous, PA (2008 GMC Envoy SLT 4.2-L 6 Cyl)

"low beam burn out."

Harrison O., CA (2008 GMC Envoy 4.2-L 6 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"it keeps cutting out and turning back on"

Robert H., MI (2008 GMC Envoy SLE 4.2-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"Siezed lifter on #6 cylinder major fix very expensive and frustrating"

Anonymous, ON (2008 GMC Envoy Denali 5.3-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Rust

"bottom edge of left passenger door"

Anonymous, PA (2008 GMC Envoy SLT 4.2-L 6 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Air pump and solenoid which we were charged $900.00 for which probably was not the problem. we don't get service from GM dealers anymore because of their fraudulent charges!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Anonymous, IN (2008 GMC Envoy SLT 4.2-L 6 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Wind noise

"Driving on the expressway, tollway or highway you need to speak a little louder and turn up the radio. You know it's the wind because of the sound. A constant low pitch whistling/humming"

Anonymous, IL (2008 GMC Envoy SLE 4.2-L 6 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

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