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Pros: Conversion from a SUV to a truck in a flash!
Cons: Parking the vehicle.
Advice: Drive it and you will love it!It drives like a luxury car. The steering has a little play in it, but manageable. The get up and go of the vehicle is not that great. Pf course, I like speed! When driving the Avalanche, you do get alot of head turns! What is that??? This is the look you get on the road! Great SUV! I will not call it a truck!
Pros: Blowing the doors off those annoying and loud souped up honda civics
Cons: Using grade 87 fuel will cause a loud rattling noise durring jack rabbit take-offs.
Advice: Get the R/T 5.9L 4x4Even on the 3.9L V6, the optimal performance of the vehicle is wonderful. The accessories are easy to retrieve through mopar or the local dealership, and it easily upgrds the appearance of the truck. The cockpit of the truck is unique in its class, offering excellent visability. And the towing capibilities are supurb for a compact truck.
Pros: changes from a truck to a suv easily and quickly
Cons: slower acceration than some trucks I have owned
Advice: I think it is worth buyingI like it
Pros: The Supercharged engine!
Cons: extremely poor fuel economy and lack of topend power!
Advice: Be cautious if fuel economy is importantI own a 2001 S/C frontier, despite the lack of topend power, the vehicle is solid to Nissan standards. But, I firmly believe we can do better to improve the ponies under the hood and at the same time increase the fuel economy, via the supercharger.
Pros: Functionality - Hands down
Cons: Rather hard to park
Advice: Get the running boards...it sets rather high off the groundI first heard about the new Avalanche in the office where it was refered to as a 'what the Sport Trac wants to be'. That about sums it up. It drives like a luxury car (albeit a large one) but has the versitility and function of a truck. What could be better. I get stares and looks wherever I drive it. Really a well thought out and well developed vehicle.
Pros: Panels, compartments, windows, compartments, pickup bed, compartments
Cons: feels heavy
Advice: if you want the creature comforts of a suburban, buy one --Hello from Fairfax Virginia, home to more SUVs per capita than anywhere in the nation (although terrain is relatively flat, and no snow to speak of). I've owned Suburbans, Expeditions, and one Isuzu diesel PU, and the Avalanche is the 'Reanimator' version (remember the movie?) of all three. Although only 3100 GVW, the Avalanche feels exceedingly heavy, in that it is based on the Suburban platform. However, it is very comfortable, and doesn't have that F250 feel that the Expedition has. Cool features, although I am concerned about the seal between the PU bed and the passenger compartment -- a great idea, but I think I'll wait a year before I spring for one - as a yuppie with a big yard, the Suburban/PU combination is intriguing, and, there aren't many on the road.