2008 GMC Envoy Interior
The 2008 GMC Envoy gets a good score for its interior, but many of its competitors offer more refined design. Kelley Blue Book calls the interior "typical GMC: Simple and clean. The seating is firm, and the instrument panel controls are handsomely adorned with wood trim and sturdy black plastic." Reviewers find cargo space to be adequate, though not outstanding.
The 2008 GMC Envoy seats five adults adequately, according to most reviewers. The NewCars.com reports that spaciousness is similar to that of other vehicles: "... the front cabin in the average midsize SUV offers a bit more head room than the GMC Envoy," while the rear "provides a bit more head- and leg-room than the average midsize SUV..."praises, "The roomy, friendly inside is both inviting and comforting."
In the front seat, "the seating position is high, but there's plenty of head- and shoulder room for six-foot-plus drivers," according to Automobile Magazine. But Motor Trend has a complaint: "front bucket had some drivers pining for more lateral support. Comfort for most was achieved with the up/down and lumbar adjustments." About.com raves about the optional power seats, noting they "deserve special mention -- the driver's seat especially. I loved it. Unfortunately, my spouse just couldn't seem to get comfortable in the front passenger seat -- not a rare occurrence for her." The reviewer continues, "The Envoy is not for short people; nor is it for people who have mobility difficulties even with the power step assist."
In the rear, according to Consumer Guide, "Six-footers have ample head and knee room, plus adequate under-seat foot space despite uneven floorboard. Split bench seat comfortable, fairly supportive, and wide enough for three adults with a little squeezing." But of general comfort, Edmunds concludes that "Although the current Envoy is reasonably roomy, seat comfort has never been a strong point, as both the front and rear seats are light on cushioning." Similarly, Automobile Magazine says "Seats come in cloth or optional leather, but neither provides the comfort seen in other like-priced competitors. These perches provide almost no side bolstering for lateral support, something missed on long trips."
Of the Envoy's standard features, Edmunds notes that the base SLE "provides enough equipment to meet most buyers' needs." The Car Connection similarly says of the 2002 model, "There's enough standard equipment to qualify as extravagant excess." That equipment includes an AM/FM stereo with CD player, dual-zone air-conditioning, cruise control, power door locks and windows, keyless entry, OnStar services, a tilt-wheel steering column, leather-wrapped steering wheel, front reclining bucket front seats, and a 65/35 folding rear seat. Every model also boasts a Quiet Package, which includes strategically placed elements for sound insulation.
The SLE 3SB model adds various features, including individual climate settings for driver and front passenger, inside auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass and outside temperature, available power-adjustable pedals, and front reclining bucket seats with power adjustment controls. On top of that, the SLT 4SA model adds rear audio controls and headphone jacks, automatic dual-zone air-conditioning with individual climate settings, the Driver Convenience Package, a Driver Information Center, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with outside temperature indicator and eight-point compass, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, and a two-position memory seat adjuster for the driver's seat and outside rearview mirrors.
The Denali, the most well-equipped Envoy model, adds standard features such as the Cargo Convenience Package, Enhanced Quiet Package, power-adjustable brake and accelerator pedals, a $1,000 discount off the Sun, Sound and Entertainment Package (which includes a power sunroof and upgraded entertainment features), heated driver and front passenger seats, leather seating surfaces, a Bose Premium speaker system, and rear audio controls.
Stereo and Entertainment
All models except the base SLE 3SA offer an optional Bose Premium speaker system with six-disc in-dash CD player (standard on the Denali) that New Car Test Drive says "offers outstanding sound quality and adjustment versatility." Motor Trend also comments that "The Bose stereo in particular received more than its share of logbook praise, with a simple interface, preset equalization settings, and strong, crisp sound that could bring music to life." Similarly, another Motor Trend reviewer raves, "I love being able to finally make out the words to songs I've been listening to for years." XM Satellite Radio is optional on all Envoys except the base model.
A rear seat DVD entertainment system is also available on all Envoys except the base model. It includes a 7-inch, flip-down color monitor, a DVD player with remote control, two sets of wireless infrared headphones, auxiliary audio/video jacks, and a remote game plug-in and mute button in the overhead console. Says Motor Trend: "My son gives the DVD entertainment system high marks for picture and sound. No skips even over rough pavement."
A touch-screen navigation radio is available only on the SLT 4SA and Denali models. The AM/FM stereo with navigation includes seek-and-scan, auto-tone control, radio data system, six speakers, and full-feature autonomous navigation. This feature requires the Bose premium speaker system. Thecautions buyers about using this option: "With this system, the DVD that operates the navigation system slips into a slot on the stereo, where you would assume your music CDs would go. Do that, and you'll have to make a trip to the dealer to retrieve your stuck CD and get the nav system working again. There may be a more idiotic feature on a new vehicle, but I'm unable to think of one."
The 2008 Envoy boasts 43.7 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seat in use and 80.1 cubic feet with the rear seat folded--slightly less than competitor Ford Explorer. The cargo area height is 39.6 inches. Consumer Guide says the 65/35 split second row seat with automatic-folding headrests "converts easily to provide ample space." However, NewCars.com notes that "Drivers with frequent child-duty might favor the average midsize SUV over the GMC Envoy." For more versatility, a Cargo Convenience Package is an option on all models. It includes a rear reversible cargo mat, rear cargo net, and rear retractable cargo shade. Cargo tie downs come standard with the rear compartment.