2008 GMC Envoy vs. Its Competition

2008 GMC Envoy SLE1
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The 2008 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.

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.

The Durango provides more towing ability and is almost as large as the full-size GMC Yukon for those who want a little more truck instead.

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.

2008 GMC Envoy SLE12008 GMC Envoy
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2009 GMC Acadia SLE12009 GMC Acadia
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2008 Dodge Durango SXT2008 Dodge Durango
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2008 Ford Explorer RWD 4-door V6 XLT Angular Rear Exterior View2008 Ford Explorer
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2008 Nissan Pathfinder 2WD 4-door V6 SE Angular Front Exterior View2008 Nissan Pathfinder
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2008 Toyota 4Runner SR52008 Toyota 4Runner
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Quick Specs
If you have a load to pull on a regular basis, the 2008 GMC Envoy might make sense. Otherwise, you can do better when hauling passengers.
The 2009 GMC Acadia is better-looking than most minivans, and a whole lot more useful than full-size SUVs for passenger duty.
If you plan to tow, a 2008 Dodge Durango with a V-8 will work nearly as well as a Tahoe or Expedition, at a lower price.
As the perennial best-selling truck-based SUV, the Ford Explorer is still the one to beat.
If you tow and off-road with the family, the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder is one of the better traditional truck-based SUVs available.
The 2008 Toyota 4Runner isn’t as roomy or as efficient as newer crossover designs, but if you need towing or off-road capabilities, it’s a good, safe choice.
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N/A2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
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Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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