Chevy Avalanche Road Trip: Five States

Posted on 14. May, 2012 by in Auto News

Part of the reason for the selection of the Chevy Avalanche for this cross-country had to bear with the ability truck gear in a truck bed while doing it locked and protected by a sturdy bed upstairs.

We assumed this would be important because it could not be the best idea to leave, plastic bags of clothes, stuffed luggage, refrigerator, and what seemed like an endless line of toiletry bags to the elements. Plus, we would be stopping in a hotel every night, and we wanted to not unload or pack the entire vehicle at any time.

Regardless of the Avalanche was a good choice, but packing a year's worth of "girl stuff" in a condensed bed (with two small side compartments) requires all our condensing abilities. In the end, only with our luggage and bedding (and computers and backpacks) in the back seat of the Chevy us to transform an entire student life in an Avalanche bed squeeze – no small feat, because the mattress is only 4 feet long, slightly more than 4 feet wide and 22 cm high. But then again, with a $ 55,000 sticker price, it should be this thing makes us coffee in the morning as well.

Our journey began by. From Washington, DC, in the early morning hours And if you were thinking about it, you know that is not getting in or out of the city easily. Fortunately, in less than an hour, we were guided by Maryland and on our way in the Allegheny Mountains, in the direction of the famous Allegheny Tunnel. This was my first time through these mountains, and it was impressive, with beautiful rolling hills and all the trees of leaves still deep in their spring report. I need to go back to spend more time, or even stop, and a picture. But our first day endzone was a possible dinner stop in downtown Chicago, so we needed to have a good time.

The Avalanche is very pleasant, and the continual updating Autoride suspension knock off any sharp edges of rough roads or expansion joints. The six-speed automatic is a good pairing with the aluminum-block 5.3-liter V-8, but is waiting for the transmission to kick down when the throttle is always bug me at the beginning. Our test vehicle had over 4,000 miles on it, and if it has spent time on the East Coast, I would assume that it has pretty much done city duty, so the fact that the software seems to slow down shifting is a bit confusing . We found that driving around empty in Tow / Haul mode helped a little.

During highway cruising with a total payload (cargo and passengers) with a weight of less than 1,000 pounds, it was easy to go from 65 to 70 mph with the engine loafing at below 1,500 rpm. The onboard computer told us we were getting about 18 mpg, but we really like that all avalanches come with a 31.5-gallon tank, and the computer told us we had to go nearly 600 miles before fill need. But as is so often the case, we found the computer figures as rather optimistic calculations of mileage and fuel economy.

Our first tank of gas was in Ohio, station in one of the wonderful travel along the Interstate 80 With the fuel gauge on empty and the dashboard warning light on nearly 20 miles, we put in a touch less than 28 liters of fuel in the tank. It's nice that this tank we are still a good reserve says even after the field calculator, you left 0 miles.

Our computer has us had 27.5 gallons fuel is used, and we average 18.2 mpg. The pump told us we had pumped 27.9 gallons of gas, and when the number of miles driven by the gallons pumped actually share, we averaged 17.9 mpg. We should note that about 30 of these first miles city driving were in Washington.

We got good time to Chicago. After the fill-up, wins an extra hour of travel time moving from Ohio to Indiana and then Illinois After a short walk through the city of Chicago for the young, who had never been there, we went to a cheap hotel outside the city.

Complete with the first day, we made it through five states and two major cities. But there was not much to see looking from the street. We have passed the Chevy Cruze plant in Lordstown, Ohio, and made our way through the RV Industries production headquarters in Elkhart, Indiana, and we even got's famous wheel and tire warehouse to see.

And after 12 hours of driving, my butt and back were sore, even with the generous use of the heated seats. Day 2 means a lot of Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska.