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2002 GMC Envoy Sport Utility

4dr 2WD SLE

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  • $29,375 original MSRP
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2002 GMC Envoy Sport Utility

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2002 GMC Envoy Sport Utility


2002 GMC Envoy

Source: The Car Connection

Welcome to the jungle.

by Marty Padgett

There's little argument that General Motors has struggled to stay ahead of the sport-ute game.

While the 1990s saw steady improvements to the sales-phenom Explorer and the introduction of a clutch of new nameplates, GM's midsize utes - the Jimmy, Blazer, and Bravada - doddered on an aged platform. All the while, legions of crossovers, cute-utes, full-sizers and sort-of-SUVs overtook the shopping malls and parking lots of all of North America.

Today, not only does GM face a stable if not shrinking market for traditional midsize utes, they also face serious direct competition in the form of the $28,380 '02 Ford Explorer and the $35,000 Acura MDX.

So, for a number of reasons, GM's new midsize sport-ute trio had better be good.

They are, and to my taste the GMC Envoy may be the best of the three. While the Envoy, Chevy's TrailBlazer, and the lame-duck Olds Bravada are as fraternal as a keg of Schaefer's, the Envoy is outfitted with the best mix of style and content.

The most important feature of the new Envoy, though, may be that "new" part. To get a sense of how fundamentally different the Envoy is from the Jimmy that GMC used to sell, just pop open the hood and examine its new 4.2-liter in-line six. It's completely new, smooth, quiet, powerful, and it's one of GM's most technologically advanced powerplants. The aluminum double-overhead cam design has variable valve timing with mechanical actuation, puts out 270 horsepower, and twists out 90 percent of its 275 lb-ft of torque from 1600 to 5600 rpm. Yes, the strapping 4400-lb Envoy needs every one of the 270 hp to possess itself of speed, but acceleration feels brisk and reasonably quick.

The overriding impression from the power room, though, is of refinement. All the fancy tricks and refinement make the six-cylinder seem too expensive to use just on these products. We hear a five-cylinder and four-cylinder are in the works based on the same architecture; don't be surprised to find them in GM's future small trucks and crossover vehicles.

Cabin fervor

The Envoy's spacious cabin is another sign of the times changing. The '02 Envoy is seven inches taller, four inches wider and eight inches longer than the model it replaces, while the wheelbase is six inches longer. Ford claims a skosh more headroom in front and a few more cubes in the back, and Acura asserts it's more hip in the front and leggier in the second row, but the Envoy is competitive in most measurements and bigger in many.

The great divide here is that the Acura and the Ford offers third-row seating right here, right now. A true seven-passenger version will come to GMC and Chevrolet sometime in the next year, but the current Envoy can't be had any way but as a five-seater.

The body structure itself is 270 percent stronger than before, and feels even better. It's clear GM has learned the lesson of structural rigidity in trucks: the Envoy's body resonance is 23 hz, which doesn't matter much unless you compare it to today's luxury sedans, where it's nearly on par. You get the feeling that GM has spent a lot of money and time developing a strong body structure, something that never could be said about the former Jimmy.

As far as roadgoing behavior goes, there hasn't been a greater leap forward in stability since Prozac. To its longer wheelbase and wider track, the Envoy adds a new short-long arm suspension in front and a five-link rear suspension with a live axle and coil springs. The Bilstein monotube shocks so in fashion these days are a standard high-dollar item; a set of load-leveling rear air springs are optional. The ride quality of the non-airsprung Envoy is supple and surprising, especially on Baja California's nasty broken stretches of pavement.

The four-wheel drive system is GM's Autotrac, which does what most drivers want -acts invisibly when there's less than optimal traction. There's very little talk of departure angles, creeper gears, or throttle tip-in among the folks who drive these utes anyway, and very little need for all-wheel drive; thus the Envoy's also made in a two-wheel-drive version that slots in just below the $30,000 mark.

We'll hold off on judging the Envoy's rack-and-pinion steering, which like our co-pilot, was all over the map. On some vehicles it felt sharp; on more it was wandery and vague as a campaign promise. The brakes seem like the buzzwords you'd hear at democratic convention: strong and progressive, if ultimately a bit dull in feel. At least they're ventilated up front, with four-channel anti-lock control and 17-inch wheels and tires (Michelins, which GM is quick to point out).

Raffish charm

The Envoy, more so than the plain-looking Bravada and the Spartan TrailBlazer, is a smart styling job. It's handsome, raffish in a way with its kicked-up rear pillar, and it has a tougher countenance with that large grille and logo up front. Inside, it's even better: it's not real wood on the dash, but the twin round air vents on the center stack remind us more of sports cars, the controls are nicely placed and the steering wheel neatly frames the gauges. The seats felt comfortable during our hundred-mile hump to Todos Santos and back to Cabo San Lucas; seat-mounted belts are a big part of that equation.

Of course, there's enough standard equipment to qualify as extravagant excess. The base model Envoy SLE carries the OnStar service free for a year, and has standard anti-lock disc brakes, dual front and side airbags, cruise control, remote keyless entry and a rich-sounding AM/FM/CD stereo. The SLT adds leather-wrapped heated seats, a Bose stereo with six-CD changer, headlamp washers system, and a power passenger seat. Coming soon: a factory-installed DVD player. Is there any reason to actually live in a house anymore?

The Envoy/Bravada/TrailBlazer will be at dealers within a month or so, just in time to take on the heavyweights in the midsize SUV segment. And to their benefit, the GM utes are now hotly competitive in a niche where it's just as steamy as the midsize car market.

While they may never reach the Explorer sales mark of 445,157 units in 2000, the GM utes are indeed good, a light-year or two more advanced than their ancestors, and a pretty convincing display of GM's current engineering skill. These days, it takes at least that to join the fray.

Welcome to the jungle, guys.

2002 GMC Envoy

Base price: $29,420 (SLE 2WD)-$34,420 (SLT 4WD)
Engine: 4.2-liter in-line six-cylinder, 270 hp
Transmission: Four-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive
Length x width x height: 191.6 in x 74.7 in x 71.9 in
Wheelbase: 113.0 in
Curb weight: 4442-4628 lb
EPA (City/Hwy): 15/20 mpg (est.)
Safety equipment: Dual front and side airbags, anti-lock brakes
Major standard equipment: Air conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry, power locks/windows/mirrors, AM/FM/CD stereo, OnStar, HomeLink garage door opener
Warranty: Three years/36,000 miles

© 2001 The Car Connection

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Safety Ratings help

What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Rollover Resistance

No consumer rating

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Std
Traction/Stability Control Opt

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std


Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

GMC Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

NEW! 6-Year/100,000-Mile¹ Powertrain Limited Warranty

12-Month/12,000-Mile² Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty

Exclusive 2-Year/24,000-Mile³ CPO Scheduled Maintenance Program with two included maintenance visits

¹Whichever comes first, from original in-service date. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.
²Whichever comes first, from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.
³Maintenance visits must occur within two years or 24,000 miles of vehicle delivery, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2012-2017 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
IMPORTANT RECALL INFORMATION: Before a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle is listed or sold, GM requires dealers to complete all safety recalls. However, because even the best processes can break down, we encourage you to check the recall status of any vehicle at recalls.gm.com
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day/150-Mile&#185; Vehicle Exchange Program <br> &#185;Whichever comes first. Vehicle exchange only. See dealer for details.
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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