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2002 Chevrolet Avalanche Review

All new sport utility truck that provides plenty of options for passenger and cargo space.

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Overview

The 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche is a brand new sport utility truck that can seat five or six passengers. Unveiled for the 2002 model year, this new truck from Chevrolet is built on the same platform as the Chevrolet Suburban and the Cadillac Escalade EXT. It has a four-door cab and a convertible pickup bed that can be extended by opening a mid-gate into the rear of the passenger area. It falls into the crossover category as it is a truck-based vehicle that allows for flexible passenger and cargo configurations. It provides the comfort of driving in an SUV, while allowing for the carrying capacity of a full-size truck.

The Range

Body Styles: truck
Engines: 5.3-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Avalanche

What's New

The 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche is an all-new addition to the car manufacturer’s lineup. The goal behind the design was to create a vehicle that fills the gap between a full-size SUV and a pickup truck. The convertible cab and pickup bed system allows it to be configured based on the needs of the load. The innovative mid-gate system allows easy adjustments to the length of the pickup bed. By sliding a few latches, the mid-gate folds flat, the rear seats fold, and the rear window can be removed to increase the pickup bed by almost three feet.

Exterior

The 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche is based on the Silverado full-size pickup truck combined with the Suburban SUV. Four full-size doors allow easy entry into the front and rear seats, and the rear window can be removed without lowering the mid-gate to provide greater air circulation within the cabin. Gray lower body cladding and the large front bumper give the feel of a sport utility vehicle. Steps are built into the rear bumper to allow access into the truck bed as are grab handles that can double as cargo tie downs. The cargo bed is made of composite material, which makes it more resistant to dents and scratches. Lockable storage boxes are found on each side of the cargo bed. The cargo cover is made up of a series of three removable panels that form a watertight cover. A ribbed soft cover is available as an option. Its 16-inch tires are standard with 17-inch tires being available as an option.

Interior

The seating arrangement of the 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche can be arranged into several different configurations that seat from two to six passengers based on the style of front row seating. In the front row, either two bucket seats or a three-split bench can be installed. The rear seat is a 60/40 split passenger bench that folds flat. Four different seat fabrics are available with a cloth interior being the standard. The quality of the materials used may be lacking to some, but the instrument panel and controls are laid out in an easy to use manner. All gauges are simple and the large size makes them easy to read. Standard features within the cabin include power windows, programmable locks, and heated windows, remote keyless entry, and a CD audio system. Options include the OnStar system, automatic climate control, and a power sunroof.

Performance & Handling

The 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche comes with one engine and transmission only. The 5.3-liter V-8 engine is coupled with a four-speed automatic transmission and provides 285 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. Both rear drive and all-wheel drive models are available. Those fitted with all-wheel drive have the GM AutoTrac four-wheel-drive system installed. With the push of a button, this system can be set to automatically engage all four wheels when a loss of traction is sensed. The automatic transmission is equipped with a tow/haul mode to improve performance. The V-8 engine provides more than enough power. Both from a stop and at speed, there is plenty of acceleration. Although it looks large from the outside, it handles a lot more like an SUV than a truck. It is relatively agile, and the ride is smooth and comfortable.

Safety

Standard safety equipment found in the 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche includes anti-lock brakes and dual front side airbags. Traction control is available as an option for the rear-drive models.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Avalanche: 13/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Convertible pickup bed
  • Passenger room
  • Powerful V-8 engine

You Won't Like

  • Lower quality interior materials
  • Gas mileage

Sum Up

All new sport utility truck that provides plenty of options for passenger and cargo space.

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