The Towing Specifications of an Envoy

by Jordan Baker

GMC introduced the Envoy SUV in 2002 as a replacement for the Jimmy SUV. The Envoy gave way to the GMC Terrain in 2008. The 2009 Envoy—the car's last model year—was a four-door SUV that supported seating for up to five people. The 2009 Envoy came in three models: SLE, SLT and Denali. Each model was available as rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.


Each model of the 2009 Envoy had a maximum cargo volume of about 80 cubic feet. The SLE and SLT models weighed 4,404 pounds with rear-wheel drive and could carry a payload of up to 1,146 pounds With four-wheel drive, they could carry 1,209 pounds The Denali could haul 1,200 or 1,389 pounds depending on the drive type.

Trailer Weight

With a 285-horsepower, 4.2-liter, six-cylinder engine, the Envoy SLE and SLT models could tow a maximum trailer weight of 5,200 pounds or 5,300 pounds, depending on the drive type. The Denali sported a 300-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 engine and, depending on the drive type, could tow a maximum trailer weight of 6,000 or 6,100 pounds. The SLE and SLT both had a maximum gross combination weight rating of 10,000 pounds, while the Denali was rated for 11,000 pounds.


The higher the hitch measurement class, the more weight the vehicle can tow. The 2009 Envoy had a ranking of Class 4, which consists of vehicles that can tow up to 10,000 pounds gross trailer weight, or equipment such as campers or boats. Each model of the 2009 Envoy comes with a trailer harness and a trailer hitch.

About the Author

Jordan Baker began professionally writing in 2010. After studying computer virus removal online, Baker decided to use his techno-savvy research and writing skills to help contribute online articles himself, writing about issues related to technology and health. He has recently completed a Bachelor of Science at Central Michigan University, majoring in English with a creative writing concentration.

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