Show full review Vehicle Overview Is it a four-door pickup truck or a sport utility vehicle that happens to have an open cargo bed? Whenever more space for hauling cargo is needed, folding the rear seat and lowering the midgate extends the pickup bed. Ride comfort is excellent on 1500-series models, and although 2500 models can be a little stiff-riding, they can tow up to 12,000 pounds. It all boils down to buying one to see what your are missing. Interior Design and Special Features Built on the same chassis as the Suburban, the Avalanche features a similar interior design. This 06 is even better, I bought from Car Maxt after the other one was totaled in a hail storm.
Introduction Introduced in 2002, the Avalanche has proven to be a popular crossover vehicle thanks to its versatile setup. The rear bumper incorporates steps for easier access to the 5-foot-3-inch cargo box. The gauges are simple, easy-to-read analog dials, while the climate and stereo controls are both placed high in the dash for easy adjustment. Autotrac four-wheel drive automatically distributes power to the front and rear wheels to maintain traction. Under the Hood Available with rear- or four-wheel drive, the Avalanche 1500 holds a 295-horsepower, 5.
The unique feature of the Avalanche is the clever Midgate that allows the rear passenger seats to be converted into additional flatbed space. Even though the Avalanche looks immense, it seems considerably less gargantuan when you're inside. Far more flexibility than my Silverado, Blazer, or Corvette! Safety All-disc antilock brakes are standard, and side-impact airbags are optional. Avalanche 2500 versions get a heavy-duty four-speed automatic and an 8. The maximum trailer weight rating for the 2500 model is 12,000 pounds, while the 1500 can pull up to 8,200 pounds. The Avalanche 2500 packs a 325-hp, 8.
At the time of purchase had 93,000 miles. I had joined an Avalanche fan club and been reading about them for 5 months. Essentially, the Avalanche is both. Driving Impressions An Avalanche rides more smoothly than expected, at least on relatively unblemished pavement. Other than momentary hesitation after downshifting, the automatic transmission produces no unpleasant surprises. Overall, this dealership is the type that gives used car dealers a bad reputation. A removable protective cover keeps items in the cargo bed from the elements, while storage boxes built into the sides of the bed offer additional cargo room without sacrificing bed space.
For those who never liked the original model's excessive exterior body cladding, the 2006 Chevrolet Avalanche is also offered in a decladded version that looks more like a standard Silverado. The Avalanche is easy to maneuver in the city and feels controlled on the highway. Locking cargo-box storage compartments are fitted with drains. Styling features include a massive front bumper and gray lower-body cladding. Steering and braking feel unusually light. Hard-core off-road enthusiasts can upgrade the Avalanche with the Z71 package that adds retuned springs and shocks, underbody skid plates, heavy-duty shocks, a rear locking differential and larger wheels and tires.
The Chevy Avalanche is one slick, innovative truck for someone who sometimes wants the utility of an eight-foot bed and other times needs seating for four, five or even six people. The rear bumper incorporates steps for easier access to the 5-foot-3-inch cargo box. Interior The Avalanche can hold as many as six occupants when properly equipped. It is the best of all worlds for me, large enough to haul my labs and hunting gear with locking compartments and also pull my trailer. In government crash tests, the Avalanche earned three stars out of five for driver protection in a frontal impact and four stars for front-passenger protection. Motor was rebuilt and found out defective cam.
A tire-pressure-monitoring system joins the standard-equipment list for 2006. A tire pressure monitor now comes standard. This extends the length of the load floor from about 5 feet to a tad over 8 feet in just a couple of minutes without hand tools. The firm suspension absorbs a fair amount of road imperfections. It handles well in snow,mud and sand, the rear cover is excellent for keeping items you put in there out of the elements. Manufactured in Mexico, the Avalanche features Chevrolet's Convert-a-Cab system. If I were to buy another Chevy product it would have to be 2 extended warranties to please me.
When you're not using the full-size truck bed, the Chevrolet Avalanche offers several other appealing amenities. Stability control and a tire-pressure monitoring system are now standard on all models. General Motors' StabiliTrak electronic stability system is available. Safety The Chevy Avalanche truck comes standard with four-wheel antilock disc brakes and stability control. It rides and handles good and the motor and other things that has been fixed but some how not all. The Avalanche comes in two weight ranges, called 1500 and 2500. Hydroboost brakes, which are standard on the 1500, provide enhanced reserve power assist.
Three-quarter models are a bit stiffer, as you would expect, but not so much as to make them uncomfortable around town. The key to its multipurpose nature is the innovative Midgate system that allows the partition between the cab and the truck bed to be completely removed. For 2006, the Chevrolet Avalanche sees minimal changes. Locking cargo-box storage compartments are fitted with drains. My favorite is the OnStar that now allows me to contact my wife as soon as I get back to the truck after a day snowmobiling instead of an hour later when I get within cell range. When a configuration change is needed, the rear seat folds and the midgate lowers to expand the cargo area by 34. Whenever more space for hauling cargo is needed, folding the rear seat and lowering the midgate extends the pickup bed.