...If you're looking to haul five people and the occasional eight-foot dresser in a midsize SUV,
...Under the Hood The Envoy XUV's standard 4.2-liter inline-six-cylinder produces 275 horsepower. The optional 5.3-liter V-8 has Displacement on Demand technology and makes 300 hp and 330 pounds-feet of torque. A four-speed-automatic transmission serves both engines, which run on regular-grade gasoline. Rear- and four-wheel-drive models are available. Safety All-disc antilock brakes are standard. Side curtain-type airbags are optional. Driving Impressions The Envoy XUV is enjoyable to drive and steers with a light touch. You feel all the rough spots on bumpy pavement, but few are bothersome. The...
...The bed itself is waterproof and features drainage holes and movable tie-downs. With the rear window down, the tailgate extends out for two extra feet of space, or, with the window still rolled up, it can open to the side like a conventional SUV. Power comes from a 4.2-liter, 275-hp V6 or 5.3-liter, 325-hp V8 with displacement-on-demand. Both engines are matched to a 4-speed automatic. The 2005 Envoy XUV is available as a base SLE or upscale SLT, which adds leather seats and a power driver's seat to base features, such as ABS brakes, a full power setup, and dual-zone climate control. Traction...