DoorsFilter selectedDoorsList, null ; doorsFilter. The rear seatbacks don't recline, nor do they fold all the way flat with the head restraints in place, unless, that is, the front seats are moved almost all the way forward on their tracks. EngineFilter selectedEngineList, null ; engineFilter. When the problem happened in 2011, I had my truck for 2. The cabin marks a watershed in ease of use, not to mention ease on the eye. Folding down the rear seat yields the greatest cargo-hauling capacity. Most of the Avalanche's visible bed structure is not steel and the hard surfaces resist dents and dings; rust isn't likely to be an issue as it is in most pickups.
Full-round door handles accommodate gloved hands. FuelTypeFilter selectedFuelTypeList, null ; fuelTypeFilter. DealRatingFilter selectedRatingList, null ; ratingFilter. And this was without ever towing anything, or hauling anything heavier than a week's groceries. It's serious car stuff, sort of like putting up the top on an old convertible, but not as serious as trying to put the soft top back on an old Jeep. Cubby storage: Models with bucket seats have a center console with a large, open storage bin outfitted with a removable dual cup holder. The side aspect is gracefully sculpted without the body cladding of early Avalanche models.
BodyTypeFilter selectedBodyTypeGroupIdList, bodyTypeGroupIdToNameMap, null ; bodyTypeFilter. From the front doors forward the Avalanche shares sheetmetal with the Tahoe, with only slight differences such as grille material and colors to distinguish it. This can be a useful feature. But fold down the rear seats and open the Midgate, and it's a pickup with an enclosed eight-foot bed, capable of securing valuable gear from thieves or shielding drywall from weather. But it does take some time, patience and even a little strength because the panels covering the bed weigh 20 pounds a piece and can be awkward to handle. A high-relief lower fascia houses tow hooks and tries to look like the leading edge of a skid plate. Although I was disturbed by this problem I bought a Chevy truck because of its strong reputation of durability , I was relieved that I had time left on the warranty.
With its versatile Midgate configuration, the 2009 Avalanche can be set up to carry long loads including four-by-eight-foot plywood sheets or, with rear seatbacks raised, to hold a full complement of passengers. With improved aerodynamics and a strengthened chassis, the monochromatic exterior features wraparound fascias that eliminate bumper-to-body gaps. This is recall worthy as it has happened so much over the years. It benefits from a revised front suspension, rack-and-pinion steering, and a fully boxed frame that gives the suspension a more solid base from which to manage ride dynamics. The automatic transmission shifts in an easy and positive manner, with a brief delay for acceleration to pass or merge. The optional leather upholstery and other materials favored durability over luxury without looking or feeling cheap.
A large, round tachometer and matching speedometer dominate the gauge cluster, complemented by four smaller dials reporting information vital to the operation of a truck capable of hauling heavy loads or pulling large trailers or transporting as many as six occupants. It offers an 8,000-pound towing capacity, making it an excellent choice for pulling an enclosed car trailer or a fairly big boat. A good idea in theory, but a truck as heavy as the Avalanche needs all eight cylinders nearly all of the time. The glove box isn't as expansive as it looks when closed. Gauges are easy to read at a glance. Be sure to click on Fair Purchase Prices to check what the Avalanche is currently selling for in your area. When deployed, the roof-mounted, rear seat video screen for the optional entertainment system effectively fills the middle portion of the inside rearview mirror.
Steering is on the light side, but not effortless, and the vehicle has an impressively tight turning circle. In terms of resale value, we predict that over time the 2009 Avalanche will hold similar values to the 1500 Silverado Extended Cab, and Ford F150 SuperCab, and outperform the Dodge and Nissan Titan. Fold the seats down and the trunk gets even bigger. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-222-1020 -. The Z71 Off-Road Package includes 18-inch wheels, the Z71 suspension, tubular assist steps, locking rear differential and a skid-plate package. Seatbacks are somewhat firm, but deliver above-average comfort.
On the other hand, they are water-tight and fitted with drains, making them usable as coolers. The brake pedal feels firm and delivers controlled stops. Also, the rear glass panel must be carefully snapped into a holder when removed. Folding the Midgate but leaving the back window and bed cover in place provides 101 cubic feet of enclosed, mostly secure, contiguous storage space, about the equal of seven-plus car trunks. Aft of this is an equally large, but not especially deep storage compartment beneath a padded, hinged cover that doubles as a center armrest.
NewUsedFilter selectedNewUsedList, null ; newUsedFilter. Side airbags are not available. Active safety features that come standard include antilock brakes, electronic stability control with rollover mitigation, all-speed traction control, and tire-pressure monitors. It is not flex-fuel capable. Changes since have centered on refinement, tuning and packaging. Outward visibility is about what's expected from a full-size pickup.
The center stack houses controls for stereo and climate management, two power points, and buttons for optional features such as the power adjustable pedals. We'd strongly consider the added cooling and integrated brake controller options because sooner or later someone will ask you to tow something. Parking this big truck is aided by the optional rearview camera. If you regularly pull a boat or trailer and also need the cargo capabilities of a pickup truck, along with abundant passenger space and comfort, remember that a properly-equipped Avalanche can tow up to 8,000 pounds. The cover incorporates two lockable storage bins on each side just forward of the tailgate, but the height of the bed's walls makes them hard to reach by anybody shorter than five-foot-eight. This is a roomy truck. The cabin is nice, with a car-like look and feel, a well-designed dash and comfortable seats.