2005 Chevrolet Avalanche

  • 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 Crew Cab Pickup

    1500 Crew Cab Pickup

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      5.3L V8
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  • 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche 2500 Crew Cab Pickup

    2500 Crew Cab Pickup

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      8.1L V8
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2005 Chevrolet Avalanche Review

A durable truck for the sportsman or a family.

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The 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche is the ?transformer? of vehicles. Avalanche designers keep sportsmen and crew in mind when designing this truck. It can go from a work vehicle to a family vacation vehicle with little effort. It seats up to five adults and has space for all of their belongings. You can fold down the rear seat and mid-gate and suddenly have eight feet of hauling capacity. It gives the best of all worlds; the size of a Chevrolet Suburban, the comfort of a luxury car, and the hauling capacity of a long bed truck. You can pretty much go anywhere and do anything in the 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche.

The Range

Body Styles: Pickup truck
Engines: 5.3-liter V-8, 8.1-liter V-8
Transmissions: four speed automatic with overdrive and tow/haul mode, 4L85-E heavy duty automatic with overdrive and tow/haul mode
Models: Avalanche LS, Avalanche LT

What's New

The Avalanche debuted in 2002, was refined in 2003, and the braking system was updated in 2004. The only changes made in 2005 concern the trim and equipment.


The 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche measures three inches longer than the Chevrolet Suburban. The body style looks edgy and has low body cladding made of a strong composite to protect it from flying gravel. The LS trim offers an exterior trim package, which adds bright accents to the mirrors, door handles, and stainless steel assist steps. Other standard features include fog lights, recovery hooks, and 16-inch aluminum wheels.


The 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche LS trim comes equipped very nicely with standard features including dual-zone air-conditioning, an AM/FM/CD stereo with speed compensated volume, cruise control, programmable power door locks with remote keyless entry, tilt steering wheel, power windows, and power mirrors. Other standard features include a split front bench seat, cloth upholstery, a driver information center, and map lights

The LS has an optional Preferred Equipment Group which adds front bucket seats, six-way power for the driver’s seat, a six-disc CD changer, a floor console, and a Bose premier sound system with back seat controls.

The LT trim adds dual-zone automatic climate control, 10-way adjustable bucket seats with driver-side memory, a HomeLink transmitter, OnStar, ground illuminating side mirrors with auto dim on the driver’s side, steering wheel mounted audio controls, and an outside temperature indicator and compass on the rear-view mirror.

Optional features include a satellite radio, a rear DVD entertainment system, a sunroof, heated front bucket seats, leather upholstery, and power-adjustable pedals.

Performance & Handling

The 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche comes in two weight ranges: 1500 and 2500. The 1500 has the option of four-wheel drive and two-wheel drive. The 2500 only comes with four-wheel drive. In addition, the 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche comes in LS and LT trims.

The 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500, with its V-8 producing 295 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque tows up to 8200 pounds with two-wheel drive and 7900 pounds with four-wheel drive. The payload capacity reaches 1363 pounds with two-wheel drive and 1349 pounds with four-wheel drive.

The 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche handles well considering the size of the truck. The ride remains smooth and quiet with no rattles. Potholes and uneven pavement make little impact. The 5.3-liter provides plenty of power and responds well and the 4L60-E has a responsive shift.


The 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche comes equipped with traction and stability control. The traction control allows for acceleration and prevents the wheels from spinning on slick roads. The stability control maximizes the braking and handling on different surface conditions.

Other safety features include an anti-lock braking system, daytime running lights, fog lights, auto delay headlights, tire pressure monitoring, and dusk-sensing headlights. Front side airbags remain optional.

EPA Fuel Economy

Avalanche LS/LT: 13/18 mpg city/highway
Avalanche LS/LT 4x4: 13/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Innovative cab configuration
  • Substantial towing capacity
  • Comfortable and smooth ride
  • Strong V-8 engine

You Won't Like

  • Less drivetrain choices than comparable trucks
  • Lifeless steering
  • Some cheap interior materials

Sum Up

A durable truck for the sportsman or a family.

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