2004 Chevrolet Avalanche

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2004 Chevrolet Avalanche Review

Brings together the best of a truck and an SUV.

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Overview

The 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche is a crossover vehicle, sort of. Picture a four-door pickup truck meets sport utility vehicle with an open cargo bed—that’s the Avalanche, which Chevrolet calls ?the ultimate utility vehicle.? The manufacturer builds it in Mexico, and it features the Convert-a-Cab system which gives owners the ability to fold down the rear seat, store the back window, and lower the mid gate when hauling cargo. Of course, if you just want that fresh air feeling while driving, you can remove the window for that purpose too.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup truck
Engines: 5.3-liter V-8, 8.1-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Avalanche 1500, Chevrolet Avalanche 2500

What's New

The 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche has electronic stability control part of its new, optional Z66 Premium On-Road Suspension package. The 1500 series gets Hydroboost brakes standard and a new, optional 8.1-liter V-8 gives the Avalanche 320 horsepower and 445 lb-ft of torque. New colors also provide more options for this model.

Exterior

If you take Chevrolet's Silverado, a full-size pickup, and mix it with the Suburban SUV, you get a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche. The Avalanche has four full-size doors and a convenient Convert-a-Cab feature. Styling includes an impressive front bumper and grey cladding on the lower body. It incorporates built-in steps to the rear bumper that provide access to the cargo box.

By folding the rear seat and lowering the mid gate, the configuration can be changed to expand the cargo box area from its standard five feet three inches by two feet ten inches. The Avalanche measures 221.7 inches long overall, on a 130-inch wheelbase. It stands 73.3 inches tall and 79.8 inches wide. The Avalanche 1500 clears the ground by 8.6 inches when equipped with the standard 16-inch tires; 17-inch tires provide an additional option.

Available colors include Arrival Blue, Black, Dark Blue Metallic, Dark Gray Metallic, Dark Green Metallic, Silver Birch Metallic, Sport Red Metallic, Summit White, Sunburst Orange Metallic II, and Victory Red.

Interior

The Convert-a-Cab option in the Avalanche makes the seating variable, changing it from six passengers down to a two-seater. The front can be equipped with two bucket seats or a three-place 40/20/40-split bench. The folding rear bench seat splits 60/40. When equipped with bucket seats, the driver's seat features six-way power adjustment with memory. The brake and accelerator pedals also adjust, moving three inches to accommodate drivers of various heights.

Other convenient features include remote power door locks, heated power mirrors, and one-touch power windows. Cruise control, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, power steering, a leather steering wheel, and dual-zone air-conditioning are also available. The 2004 Avalanche offers plenty of storage in a front console, overhead console, and seat back storage areas, which makes traveling nice.

An XM radio and rear DVD entertainment system also make trips more pleasant. While the exterior makes the Avalanche look immense, the interior actually feels quite cozy. The seats feel fairly comfortable and inside the truck, passengers hear only a little road noise.

Performance & Handling

The 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche definitely feels like a truck when it comes to ride. The suspension is firm and takes up a good bit of the disturbance from rough spots along the way. Steering and braking fall a little on the light side, but prove easy enough to maneuver in the city and it feels solid on the highway. Passing causes no problem and can even be fun!

The Avalanche 1500 comes with rear drive or Autotrac four-wheel drive. It has a 295-horsepower, 5.3-liter, V-8 engine that generates 330 lb-ft of torque. The Avalanche can tow heavy loads with the tow/haul mode on the four-speed automatic transmission. Autotrac four-wheel drive distributes power among the four wheels to maintain traction. A rear drive Avalanche 1500 can tow 8200 pounds when equipped with trailer brakes. Buyers can opt for a StabiliTrak system on half-ton, two-wheel drive models.

Safety

The 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche gets more reserve power for those emergency braking situations with the standard Hydroboost brakes. It also features dual front airbags, side airbags, daytime running lights, and the LATCH system for child safety seats.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Avalanche: 14/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Cab configuration possibilities
  • V-8 engines
  • Towing ability

You Won't Like

  • Limited drivetrain choices
  • Some interior pieces appear cheap
  • Light steering

Sum Up

Brings together the best of a truck and an SUV.

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