The 2004 GMC Envoy XUV SLT 4WD features full-time four-wheel drive with a locking center differential and automatic locking hubs. The brand new SUV doubles as a pickup, with a retractable rear roof. The Midgate wall and window that separate the split-folding back seats from the 3-foot cargo area also folds down, to expand capacity to six feet or 80 cubic feet. Engine choices are a 4.2-liter, 275-hp I6 or 5.3-liter, 290-hp V8, both with a 4-speed automatic. The 4WD comes with ABS brakes, dual front-side airbags, automatic headlights, mirrors with turn signals, foglights, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. This earns the 2004 Envoy XUV SLT 4WD three stars in frontal tests and five stars in side impact tests. A self-leveling suspension, traction control, skid plates, and side rails are extra.
Heated leather seats, power front seats with driver's memory, intermittent front and rear wipers, automatic climate control, OnStar, and wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls are standard on the XUV SLT 4WD. Rear passengers also get their own audio controls. Full power features, a CD player, trip computer, keyless entry, front power outlets, and a security system are also included. There are plenty of options that add a CD changer, a sunroof, adjustable pedals, satellite radio, a navigation system, and rain-sensing wipers. Drivers say removing the Midgate is cumbersome and the cupholder location is inconvenient. Gas mileage and overall price are other negatives, but generally owners love the use of space, the versatility of the cargo bed, and all the standard and optional features.