2008 Chevrolet Avalanche Review

by : John Bourne

The 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche gives the comfort of a sport- utility vehicle combined with updated exterior styling and new interior design made of quality materials. Some of its latest features include a crew cab body style with cargo bed and roomy rear seat. It also offers a versatile "midgate" design that improves its functionality.

The '08 Avalanche is a full-size crew cab pick-up with removable rear window and midgate that can be lowered into the cabin to provide more space. Its cabin is made of high-quality materials which offers respectable ergonomics and quality fit and finish. The Avalanche can accommodate a maximum of six occupants and can provide more storage opportunities.

Its two main trim levels include the LS and LT. The LS features a composite cargo bed, removable three-piece cargo cover, a front 40/20/40-split bench seat with center storage, a cloth trim, a power driver seat with manual lumbar control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a single-CD player with auxiliary jack, a satellite radio, and an OnStar capability. However, the LT offers the same features except form its standard front bucket seats, rear audio controls and enhance OnStar with turn-by-turn navigation.

The 2008 Chevy Avalanche may come in rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. All rear-wheel drive models come standard with a 5.3-liter V8 with 320 Horsepower and 340 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, four-wheel drive Avalanches are E85-capable with 310 horsepower and 335 lb-ft of torque.

Standard safety features of the Avalanche includes antilock disc brakes, stability control, OnStar emergency communications system, and side curtain airbags with rollover sensor. It earned a five-star rating for protection of front occupants in head-on collisions in government crash tests.

The 2008 Chevy Avalanche, though fast for its size, still guarantees a competent, easily controlled, comfortable ride for the whole family. With its roomy interior, refined handling characteristics, and great accessories, the Avalanche is an unmatched choice.