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2007 Chevrolet Test Drive

Despite a civilized demeanor, the new Chevy maintains its unique versatility and persona.

MSRP: $32,460 $36,165

Trading a little of its character for a dash of distinguished the redesigned 2007 Chevrolet has become a stronger player in a market of luxury-appointed four-door Its added refinement won’t the system of the Mountain Dew-chugging customer, as the Avalanche remains and highly useful for unwieldy and utilitarian demands.

Its individuality on an innovative Midgate, a fold-down behind the rear seats extends the pick-up bed by several and offers numerous passenger/cargo And now that the Avalanche occupies a on GM’s growing roster of vehicles, which can operate on the corn-based fuel composed of 85 ethanol, the Avalanche seems to “green” shoppers as well.

sales of about 400,000 in five years, the Avalanche one of the industry’s highest customer-retention This loyalty could be due to the that, for drivers with particular requirements in a vehicle, aren’t too many other The Honda Ridgeline looks similar, and is competitively priced, but it offer the Midgate functionality. And the Escalade EXT does allow its bed to extend into the cabin, but at a far price.

Built in Silao, Mexico, the new is available in LS, LT and LTZ trim levels two- or four-wheel drive. The LS is well equipped with brakes at all corners, a 320-hp V8, GM’s OnStar communications and system, stability control, a tow CD player and cloth-upholstered front/rear seats. All of these features are at the starting manufactuer’s suggested price (MSRP) of $31,615 for drive; four-wheel drive on $3,000 for all trims.

The LT models buyers the opportunity to pile on amenities. LT1 upgrades to cloth seats, 17-inch alloy and power mirrors. LT2 adds automatic climate control and a CD changer. LT3 adds side-curtain heated seats, Bose premium audio, power pedals, XM satellite radio and rear parking assist.

The LTZ sports all of the LT3 features plus an suspension, a real-time damping that also levels the ride height when or carrying heavy loads. expects most customers (75 to opt for the mid-level LT setup with the split evenly between the LS and decked-out LTZ. A new, 6.0-liter V8 rated at 366 hp is available in the Z71 off-road package.

Our test model was an LT3, four-wheel drive and such as a navigation system, 20-inch rear-seat DVD player, sunroof, rear differential, rearview luggage rack and rain-sensing for a total MSRP of $45,600. not Cadillac Escalade territory, but ten more will put you into an EXT, if that matters to And the Escalade EXT is basically a dressed-up Avalanche.

When compared to the model, sleeker styling and tighter tolerances improve the appearance. The formerly hard have been replaced rounded corners that to a less tense design The original trapezoidal headlights found on so many other trucks are now less angular and complement the horizontal front and bulging hood.

The sides of the bed are still tall and deep, a tip-toeing 58-inch lift-over to place cargo inside. arms are also handy for inside the bed’s lockable storage bins. The massive is easy to operate, thanks to a spring in the hinge, and it thoughtfully and unlocks along with the remotely. The entire bed can be secured a rigid, removable three-piece cover.

The cargo bed is the Avalanche’s crowning The 5’3” hold stretches three feet, to 8’2”, the midgate is lowered. Operation is First, flip and fold the split, rear bench Then turn a knob in the of the Midgate crossbar and gently the panel that divides the from the pick-up bed. it.


The same stout composite that lines the cargo bed into the cab and features the identical tread pattern for skid With the rear window and cover in place, unwieldy like surfboards, dining tables, large fluorescent bulbs and 4×8 sheets of can be swallowed whole and securely

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The cabin’s rear window can be and stored to accommodate bulkier or to provide an open-air ride. The doesn’t offer a power window like the competing H2 SUT, but Chevy says keep the window in place 90 of the time and, when leave the midgate down and cover in place to maintain while carrying larger

Compared to the previous model, the Avalanche’s interior styling is contemporary and materials have upgraded, although neutral-colored remains the norm. While it a commanding driver’s position, the rear visibility is compromised by the side panels and bed. the optional rear-view camera a clear view when the is shifted into reverse. It makes aligning the tow hitch a trailer much easier.

The is roomy, easy to drive and much in its element on long trips. There’s considerably wind and road noise in the old Avalanche cabin, and easy-to-use and a compliant suspension make quite comfortable. The navigation and audio systems likewise in this regard. A new rack-and-pinion provides ample feedback the road, and the brakes — which long been a sore in GM trucks — finally inspire with a solid, linear feel. In crowded urban or parking garages, however, the 18.5-foot length, muscular and 43-foot turning circle can be

As with the previous model, it can be a little frustrating to pull from the gas station in the Avalanche as you the fuel needle plummet “E.” My 753-mile trip California coastal highways 47.5 gallons of regular equating to a rather dismal mpg.

After finding only E85 pump (at the time), I another 219 miles on the highway and 19.2 gallons, achieving an 11.4 mpg. There is no of power when using as the Avalanche’s engine is designed to advantage of the fuel’s higher level.

Despite the current publicity generated by automakers and farmers around the renewable and reduced emissions of E85, if fuel isn’t at least 28 cheaper than regular there are no financial benefits to it.

E85 cost $3.15 a gallon at the Transportation Center in San Diego at the of the fill-up, compared to $3.39 for gasoline. The week before, E85 was 50 cheaper; the week after I 22 cents higher. The owner of the station said that in to promote E85, he never it for more than regular

Full-size trucks that the ability to tow 8,000 pounds or a 1,400-pound payload probably going to offer 30 mpg or better soon. It’s a reality truck owners accept, in for a vehicle that serves recreation and utility needs, or the of their ego.

But the changing base has demanded a quieter, refined ride, plus comfort and amenities. And the Chevrolet proves to be more than of delivering on these requests.

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