Chevy Avalanche Road Trip: Over the Rockies

Posted on 17. May, 2012 by in Auto News

I'll just say this right now: Nebraska feels like the longest country in the world. I think we have the whole day driving in a crosswind, eventually driving off Interstate 80 south to Colorado, right about the time we thought about dinner.

No worries with the Chevrolet Avalanche, but we noticed that from the beginning of our trip to Washington to that point, the oil life computer readout from 91 percent to 59 percent move when we rolled up in Loveland, Colorado

It was wonderful to be able to leave all our equipment in the bed of the Avalanche, locked safe under the three-piece hard cover and locking tailgate. We have a point of criticism, however, we want the bedside trays were larger. They are very narrow and difficult to load anything but full of small gear or clothing. We packed two cubbies with dirty laundry, isolate multiple shower towels, sheets and blankets, which probably contributed to the other charge in bed.

It should be noted that the smaller, bulky storage space is below the opening of it, the use of all the space is not easy, especially since the RamBox has changed what we think of usable memory area.

Much of our time in Loveland – the staging area before we lunge across the Rockies – was spent commuting to and from Fort Collins to my niece graduate of Colorado State University to see. Unfortunately, we are not in time to see the actual ceremony, but we had to keep in touch via SMS. Our "quality" time with her (graduates are such busy people) came the next morning for breakfast.

After lifting a very important passenger – a woman – we head south to Denver for us to make our way over the Rockies, through the 11,158-foot Eisenhower Tunnel (built in 1973), and finally to the Colorado River in Grand Junction , then take a short dinner in Moab, Utah, run. (If you ever drive the chance to Colorado State Route 128, take it. It is one of the most beautiful and diverse 35-mile routes you'll ever see.) By the end of the night, we did it to Cedar City, Utah, last for our night of sleep before. to California

We completed our fifth tank in Green River, Utah, to say to the computer, we would be 25.4 gallons fuel is used by an average of 18.5 mpg over 471.8 miles. After filling the tank with 25.9 liters of fuel, we have calculated our fuel economy to 18.2 mpg over the same distance. Not a bad average, since we just come over the Rockies.

During this stretch we found a lot of uphill and downhill, and the cylinder-shutdown mode is activated more often. In all the downhill sections, the engine quickly recognized the driving conditions and held the truck, four-cylinder mode until we touched the throttle. We could keep track of the switch from eight cylinders to four cylinders and on the Instant MPG screen.

Some of the downhill sections through the Rocky Mountains were quite steep, so that the manual tap-up/tap-down thumb switch on the transmission stalk proved to be quite useful. The software controlling the transitions from gear to gear, the engine speed modulation, did everything moves very smoothly. The 6L80-E transmission impressed us, especially when we fast from the fifth Transition to the 2nd Transition or from 1 to 4 needed to get. If the roads were rolling and sharp, we found ourselves more comfortable shifting manually or stay longer in Tow / Haul mode.

We liked that hold the gears longer Tow / Haul mode, but we would like to see more aggressive downshifts on down slopes, similar to the levels brakes on heavy truck transmission seems much smart enough to you to the highest gear as soon as possible to achieve the best fuel economy, so it seems logical that it felt the need to keep a faster downshifts on notes to the vehicle speed out of control.

We were quite late pulling into Cedar City, but we have our 640 miles behind us. And remember, we stopped for a late breakfast in Fort Collins with our new graduate and not get on the road by 10:30 am clock Fortunately, as we continue west tomorrow we could sleep an extra hour in the morning because d we get that hour back as soon as we get in Arizona. Almost there.