Chevrolet Avalanche – Review: There’s definitely a strong contingent of people out there who attack everything in life with a “what if…?” attitude – what if I decide to buy a house in six months? What if we have twins? Often, the end result means making choices that cover all your bases, and in terms of vehicles, that takes shape in the form of a Chevrolet Avalanche. Essentially a pickup truck and full-size SUV bundled into one, this rig will serve dutifully regardless of what life throws your way by comfortably carrying and entertaining five passengers, transforming from large to extra large covered or uncovered cargo hauler, impressing the boss during trips to the links, and for 2007, doing so with added style and quality.
What We Drove
Fun to Drive
2nd Opinion – So
The Avalanche is a unique vehicle, offering the expanded cargo capabilities of a full size truck with the roominess and comfort of a tradition sport utility vehicle in one convenient and practical package. This setup is especially useful for the active family lifestyle that needs the space to haul bikes, an ATV or a jet ski while still having the room to carry passengers around. With the Avalanche, there’s no need for compromises. --Raymond So
2nd Opinion – Wardlaw
Having grown up in the Midwest where people tow stuff and drive in the snow and do their own yard work instead of hiring landscapers to do it for them, it should come as no surprise that I’m a huge fan of the 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche. The main reasons are the handy midgate, the comfortable five-passenger interior, the powerful engines, the style, and the utility. Downsides are few. Fuel economy isn’t good, and while the Avalanche is E85-capable, good luck finding a convenient ethanol pump in 99-percent of the country. The price tag is exorbitant – our 2WD LT test truck was over $40,000, and the control layout is not glove-friendly. --Christian Wardlaw
Photos courtesy of Ron Perry