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2007 GMC Envoy – The Challenger

The truck heritage

2007 GMC Envoy enjoys being a part of the GMC family. It has all the traits, the long sweeping roofline, the big and wide rear, it is an SUV through and through. The GMC envoy is not as big as the Yukon; however, the car is adequately sized for its class.

The car was originally slated to be the more executive version of the GMC Jimmy when it launched in the 1990s. The Jimmy has been discontinued since, but the Envoy returns as a counterpart to the Trailblazer. The car’s big and beefy looks have been retained.

The car looks like a truck without the heft or the additional elements such as the big bumpers. The 2007 GMC Envoy certainly looks like it can tackle any obstacle and is ready to take on heavy-duty tasks. However, it still maintains a conservative look and appearance. The big grille in the middle with the GMC logo is significant.

The car lets you know it is a truck wearing the disguise of an SUV. You get a very unique bumper, round fog lamps, and stylish headlights that give the car a sleek appearance. The imposing look and feel of the car start in the front and from every angle you look at the Envoy, you know it is delivering a message; the car is big and is here to stand firm.

Powerful engine for a powerful tow

You get two engine options for the 2007 GMC Envoy. A V6 and a V8. GMC does well to make it fuel-efficient and even the V8 does not guzzle as much gas as you would expect it to. Yet that is not the focus here, the engine is a pulling machine.

The 2007 GMC Envoy towing capacity is immense. The company has blessed the behemoth with a 6300 lb towing capacity. This means that you can easily carry a medium-sized camper with you. Great for those that love a taste of the outdoors. The SUV is part-truck and endowed with such ferocious pulling strength, we doubt a lot of other cars in the segment can challenge it.

Now, returning to the 2007 GMC Envoy specs the 4.2-liter inline V6 engine can produce 291 bhp. It also has a max torque output of 277 lb-ft. This is substantial. The V6’s output is better than a lot of V8 engines out there. To make things even better, the four-speed automatic transmission is precise and lacks any lag. The car comes with an option of front-wheel or all-wheel drive, we reckon the AWD can get the best out of the engine.

If you opt for the top-of-the-line Denali trim, you will be blessed with a mammoth 5.3-liter V8 engine that can dole out 302 bhp with a peak torque output of 330 lb-ft. You also get an additional 300 lb worth of towing capacity with this engine. Safe to say you will rarely struggle with towing a camper or lending a hand to a car on the highway. The 2007 GMC Envoy is powerful, no two ways about it.

Drive and feel

Despite the size of the engine and the truck characteristics of the SUV, the 2007 GMC Envoy offers a very cushiony ride. It is a ride that people will like, both drivers and passengers will not find complaints about the stiffness. The only drawbacks are the lack of precision and response from the steering and the softness of the suspension.

The former causes a sort of lag when making turns and changes. The suspension softness means that the car will not be able to turn into corners as sharply as you want it to. The car is superb off-road though. You will have no problems taking the car into the more eschew paths and trails. The car may not be all that great in windy sections, however, it is a joy to pull and ride away. The engines do their job superbly and you will have no problems in overtaking.

Refined interiors

The car is roomy, to say the least. The 2007 GMC Envoy can seat 5 passengers very comfortably. There is plenty of head and legroom. The car’s interiors are very classy, despite the brutish nature of the car. There are brushed nickel finishes and accents across the dashboard, console, and instrument panel. You will also find wooden accents all over the car, this, however, is exclusive to the Denali trim.

We think that the car could have done a little better. There is an obvious attempt at making the car feel upmarket and to some extent, it works. The touches are classy, the cushioning on the seats is simply amazing. You will get plenty of support and comfort throughout long rides. Yet there are bits of cheap plastics everywhere and upon closer inspection, you will find that the car is not as upmarket as you think. The 2007 GMC Envoy is still a very refined car, more so than most of the competition.

Features

The 2007 GMC Envoy has three models, the SLE, SLT, and Denali. The SLE gets power accessories, OnStar telemetry, dual-zone AC, 17-inch alloy wheels, and keyless entry. The SLT gets power driver seats, trip computers, automatic AC, and leather seating.

The Denali trim adds more, with power-adjustable pedals, heated and powered passenger seats, and a Bose audio system. You can also add an array of customization which include satellite radio, sunroof, navigation system, and a load-leveling rear suspension. Overall, not many of the 2007 GMC Envoy problems cannot be addressed by simply upgrading the car.

Safety

The 2007 GMC Envoy does fairly decent with governmental tests such as the NHSTA giving it four stars and the IIHS giving it a marginal’ safety rating. Despite this, the 2007 GMC Envoy life expectancy is fairly high. A lot of drivers have managed to get through up to 400,000 miles with this car!

The verdict

The 2007 GMC Envoy is a big car. With the towing capacity of a small truck and a brawny engine that offers a punch, the Envoy is a car that comes with a special appeal. The GMC brand and its dedication to making trucks that are refined have put forward the Envoy as a car that embodies the same philosophy. We think it does well to balance its act as a truck and a family-friendly SUV.

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