GMC's own Acadia crossover, though more expensive, may be the best alternative to the Envoy if you're looking for a high-utility family vehicle; it's roomier and safer, and it performs better in just about every way.
The Envoy is part of a dying breed of formerly top-selling truck-based SUVs that are gradually being replaced by safer, smoother-riding car-based crossovers; among those, the Envoy is particularly trucklike in its ride and handling.
The Explorer, Pathfinder, and 4Runner especially all handle more securely, and their interiors have been kept better updated.
The Pathfinder and 4Runner also offer some measure of off-road ability.
Another possibility is the Kia Borrego, a truck-based SUV that is all-new this year, bucking the trend away from this type of vehicle.
Compared to most of its rivals, the Borrego has a far quieter, more refined cabin and an interior that feels genuinely up-to-date.
The 2009 GMC Envoy is closely related mechanically to the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, which is similarly priced but doesn't offer a model like the luxurious Denali; however, the TrailBlazer gets a sporty SS model with a 6.0-liter V-8 for those who want a musclecar-like experience.
|2009 GMC EnvoyBrowse Used Listings||2009 GMC AcadiaBrowse Used Listings||2009 Kia BorregoBrowse Used Listings||2008 Ford ExplorerBrowse Used Listings||2008 Nissan PathfinderBrowse Used Listings||2008 Toyota 4RunnerBrowse Used Listings|
|14 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|N/A||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||N/A||2WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|2WD 4-Door SLE||FWD 4-Door SLE1||2WD 4-Door V6 LX||RWD 4-Door V6 XLT||2WD 4-Door V6 S||RWD 4-Door V6 SR5 (SE)|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||2 Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door||4 Door||4 Door||4 Door||4 Door SR5|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD|