2002 Envoy New Car Test Drive
In the past, it was an either/or deal when considering the GMC or Chevrolet sport-utilities: Blazer and Envoy (Jimmy) were pretty much the same. But when GM reinvented its midsize SUVs for 2002, it made a market-based decision to make the GMC distinct.
The new GMC Envoy does use the same chassis and powerful new inline six-cylinder engine as the Chevy TrailBlazer, but after that there are many significant differences, most notably the body styling, interior, and available air suspension. These differences drive the Envoy uptown.
There are two models of Envoy, the SLE and SLT.
Both have four doors, come either with 2WD or electronic 4WD, and are powered by the all-new Vortec 4200 engine, a 4.2-liter inline six-cylinder producing a stunning 270 horsepower, best by a wide margin in a class that includes Ford and Jeep V8s.
So there are only trim and equipment differences between the SLE and SLT. Body-color moldings come with SLE and brushed nickel with SLT. Inside, the SLE gets cloth seats and splashes of that brushed nickel on the console and instrument panel, while the SLT gets leather and wood with nickel trim rings. The driver gets an eight-way power adjustable seat with SLE; both driver and passenger with SLT. Seat position memory (including the heated outside mirrors) is standard on the SLT and heated seats are optional; neither are available with SLE. SLT also adds headlamp washers, driver information center, TravelNote digital recorder, rain-sensing wipers, light-sensitive outside mirrors with turn signals, and more controls on the steering wheel.
SLE and SLT come with the same radio/CD sound system, with the SLT including rear seat jacks and controls. Upgraded systems are optional for both models, but only the SLT can get the Bose premium system.