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2002 Chevrolet Avalanche Truck

1500 5dr Crew Cab 130' WB

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  • $31,215 original MSRP
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2002 Chevy Avalanche

Source: The Car Connection

A transformer truck for the in-between haulers.

by Dan Lyons

With SUV popularity showing no signs of waning, manufacturers are hunting for more niches of this category to exploit — and this year’s big niche is the full-size, sport ute/pickup hybrid. Ford got there first with the Explorer Sport Trac; and now Chevy is following with the Avalanche, a transformer go-bot of a truck that might have trailed Ford out of the gate, but looks to pass Sport Trac with a bigger package laden with a truckload of versatility.

Eye of the beholder

The Avalanche is a styling polarizer. This is either one cool truck, or a styling collision between cladding and sheetmetal. Whether you like the look or not depends on how you feel about plastic body trim.

And yet, the Avalanche looks like exactly what it is – a cross between a big sport-ute and a big pickup. Up front, it’s dominated by quad headlights and an underslung, beefy bumper, with recessed fog lamps. In back, it’s a short-box pickup, with liberal amounts of plastic, from the wedge-shaped sail panels angled off the back of the cab, a wraparound bumper with multiple steps built-in, and a lockable, accordion design, three-piece hard bed cover. The side-on view shows high, square-cut wheel openings, full-size doors front and back and what looks to be a 50/50 mix of metal and plastic.

Inside, it’s a tale of two portals. Open the front door, hop up into the cabin, and you take in a nicely detailed interior, worthy of any good pickup or sport-ute. All switchgear is easy to find and use, and the optional six-way power seats on my test truck were capable of suiting just about any size driver and front passenger. A center console splits the bucket seats, and storage spaces large and small are found just about everywhere you look – on the dash, in the console, on the door panels. Hop in back and you know you’re not in a pickup anymore. Full-size doors yield to seats big enough for full-size people - as many as three across.

Behind the back seats lies the key to the Avalanche. Chevy calls it Convert-a-Cab, a clever design that allows the driver - in a matter of moments - to configure the vehicle for five-passenger seating* with a five-foot, three-inch box, or as a two-seater with a covered, eight-foot box (8’1”). Rear seats are of a 60/40 split, folding design and both rear window and the area below – hereby christened the mid-gate by Chevy – are individually removable. “Reconfigurability” Chevy calls it, and even if it’s not a word, we like the concept. The options presented are many and varied. Avalanche allows for something as simple as flow through ventilation (with window out), or a full, open box that will swallow the pickup truck staple load of 4x8 sheets of plywood.
*(Chevy claims six, but the person up front in the middle would not be a happy camper.)

Flexibility rules

In practice, Avalanche demonstrates its utility and flexibility as advertised. The cargo configurations are both varied and well thought out. It’s a very versatile, workable design, even down to the small stuff. There are twin covered storage units, mounted sidesaddle on the hard tonneau cover, usable for anything from tools to ice (drains included for easy cleanup).

Built on the Chevy Suburban platform, the Avalanche is a big truck. It weighs in at 5678 lb in 4x4 trim and handles accordingly. The tall-tail Avalanche presents a visibility problem for low objects directly behind. Note to drivers of sports cars: if you’re behind an Avalanche, you can’t be seen. Around town and on the highway, Avalanche has plenty of power but you pay for your fun. The only available engine in Avalanche is a 5.3-liter Vortec V-8. It produces a healthy 285 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. The Vortec 5300 is strong and smooth with a predictably large appetite for petrol. My test truck, a 4x4 with no-cost-option 4.10 rear end, was EPA rated at a rather disheartening 13 mpg city/17 highway.

Towing capacity ranges from 8100 lb on 4x4 models to 8300 lb on 2WD models (with the 4.10 rear axle). Optional suspension packages allow the buyer to tune the chassis for on or off roading. The Z66 on-road option group for 2WD models includes road-ride oriented shock and spring rates, all-season touring tires, electronic traction assist and a locking rear differential.

Off-roaders choosing the 4x4 Avalanche can check option package Z71 and add a beefed-up suspension with 8.8” of ground clearance, chunkier 17” tires, undercarriage skid shields, a high capacity air cleaner and a locking differential. GM’s Autotrac four-wheel-drive system is accessible by means of a dashboard button. In addition to 2WD, 4WD high and 4WD low, there is an AUTO 4WD setting with an active transfer case. The system monitors road traction conditions and transfers torque delivery from rear to front wheels as necessary.

While opinions differ on Avalanche’s styling, there’s no disputing its well-designed versatility. It combines the best features of pickup and sport-ute in a big, brawny package. A well-dressed example like my test truck pushed $37,000. That’s pretty large money, and it throws the Avalanche in with some stiff competition. However, its highly versatile, truck/ute personality is this Chevy’s edge and should play well in what is an increasingly specialized market segment.


2002 Chevy Avalanche

Base price: $ 30,965
Price as tested: $36,963
Engine: 5.3-liter V-8, 285 hp
Transmission: Four-speed automatic, four-wheel drive
Length/width/height: 221.7 x 79.8 x 73.6 in
Wheelbase: 130.0 in
Curb weight: 5678 lb
EPA city/highway: 13 city/17 highway
Safety equipment: Dual front and front side-impact airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock control
Major standard equipment: Vortec V-8, Goodyear Eagle 265/70R17 on/off road tires on 5 spoke aluminum rims, Convert-a-Cab with Mid-Gate
Warranty: Three years/36,000 miles


Copyright © 2001 by the Car Connection

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Safety Ratings help

What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Driver Crash Grade

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std


Alarm Opt
Telematics Opt
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Chevrolet Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

NEW! 6-Year/100,000-Mile¹ Powertrain Limited Warranty

12-Month/12,000-Mile² Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty

Exclusive 2-Year/24,000-Mile³ CPO Scheduled Maintenance Program with two included maintenance visits

¹Whichever comes first, from original in-service date. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.
²Whichever comes first, from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.
³Maintenance visits must occur within two years or 24,000 miles of vehicle delivery, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2012-2017 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
IMPORTANT RECALL INFORMATION: Before a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle is listed or sold, GM requires dealers to complete all safety recalls. However, because even the best processes can break down, we encourage you to check the recall status of any vehicle at recalls.gm.com
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day/150-Mile&#185; Vehicle Exchange Program <br> &#185;Whichever comes first. Vehicle exchange only. See dealer for details.
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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