Chevy Avalanche Road Trip: That’s a Wrap

Posted on 26. May, 2012 by in Auto News

We have. Finished our tour of the country last week with a new Chevy Avalanche with a full charge of the dorm room furniture, luggage, and a lot of clothes Our last day on the road spent across the board of Utah, a splinter of Arizona, heading into the desert of Nevada in Las Vegas touch deeply, and eventually cover the entire state of California, before we put it in our final destination near Los Angeles .

If you have never made the run south on I-15 from Salt Lake City in Southern California, you are not some spectacular scenery. Some of our most popular routes along this long journey was through the Virgin River Gorge and over the Nevada desert.

In total we drove 2937 miles before we pulled into our driveway for six tanks of gas, average 17.85 mpg, consuming 165.5 gallons fuel and makes about 490 miles between fillups. The average cost of our fillups was $ 110.40 and we usually ran the tank down to zero miles as we could (after our remaining range of on-board computers) left. We should note also tell the computer to us, we did not drive more miles off the fuel, we typically had at least four more gallons in the tank. The closest we got to run the tank completely empty (thank you 31 gallons tank) was using just over 28 gallons. We took possession of the truck with just over 4000 miles on it and turned it back to GM at just the 8000th Prompted with the On-board computers and sensors, and information could tire pressure, trans temperature residual range, hours of operation, and a plurality of other data points along the journey to be monitored.

These are the hard numbers, but live with the Avalanche for this type of travel meant that we have learned some interesting details about the truck as well. To begin, we think it's a shame a "hybrid" like this (in the truest sense of the word) can not find a way to survive. The Avalanche looks like the off-spring of a pickup truck (in appearance) and SUV (in platform), but the storage and versatility advantages alone should be the right choice for a significant number of buyers make. We had just over 1000 pounds things in bed, safely protected under the hard tonneau cover, filled with the exterior storage boxes as well, and all our passengers were pleasantly isolated from all the gear up front. The only gear we had with us in our four-person cabin was our night clothes. And knowing we had the opportunity to drop the midgate any time to create even more storage capacity was to have a nice backup.

From the passenger seat, I was told the seats were very comfortable and the heating and cooling capabilities were wonderful, as recorded our route, the hot deserts of the Southwest and a few snow flurries in Colorado. They were also very easy to adjust, even for someone who is. Them in a sleeping bag Lounge (students do not seem very good, before 10.00 clock) turn requires

In terms of fuel, we have multiple routes, where we lowered our average speeds closer to the highway at 65 and 70 miles per hour and got about 20 mpg (on the computer), but it was uncomfortable – even the big rigs were us past. Our average speed on the major highways were closer to 75 and 80 mph (where permissible statutory limits), which certainly cut into our mpg figures. What the AFM cylinder deactivation function again, after the on-board computer, it was not much use when cruising along about 73 mph, thanks to which our 3.42:1 gear loafed, at 1400 rpms. Below this speed, however, was quite active cylinder deactivation to help stretch our mileage. The system is relatively invisible, ie it is impossible to detect, when the fuel is switched off and is in the "V-4" mode. However, only is ignited when the sleep-injectors are new, can inject fuel into the cylinder, a sensitive rider. A feeling of the slight V-4 V-8 shudder

The entire trip on our Avy was enormous over the cobblestone streets and highways, thanks in large part to the Autoride air suspension (standard on the LTZ model). The system gave the 20-inch wheels and low-profile street tires running smoothly and under control for the duration of the trip. We should note, however, that after this trip, we get a chance, Avalanche over a 12-mile stretch of mountainous dirt road through Flagstaff to take Arizona's and found the car ride system quite challenged when trying to wheel and tire combination to check. The system is clearly on the sidewalk situations we assume biased a matter of software programing should. However, our guess is the larger wheel option has put quite a bit of extra weight on each corner. Also slowing down to 20 and 25 mph, had quietly suspending the effort corners.

We liked that the Avalanche. A transfer case with an all-wheel-setting that has to put us move quickly and seamlessly from the rear-wheel-drive-only permits available grip on all four tires There were several isolated downpours we ran into early in the trip, the visibility and dramatically reduce our speed, which had reached us move for the dial with AWD. The dial is hidden on the left side of the dash, behind the steering column, we think it would be much easier access to the right to be able to get closer to the right-hand column and the shifter. In the past, GM has tried separation between their pickups and SUVs by creating various switches and info buttons in different places. It is our hope that they will not continue to try that design practice and the full lineup more harmonious. We'll find out pretty soon.

A few things bothered us the interior and amenities. Although it seems a lot of the 12-volt plug-in shots (and luckily we brought our own plug-in inverter), it all seems a bit outdated when dealing with laptops, iPads, mobile phones and stamp large music libraries. In order to recharge our phone stuck, we had to open the center console and the cable on the storage box, which was, as it is felt trapped. See a light and access inverter connector, USB port and head unit interface connector would change improvements.

With the changes, both Ford and Ram Truck its vision screens and technology centers have made (and full interiors), it is almost painful to watch to keep what GM has. The nav system, in particular is quite complicated, with the same dial switches do different tasks depending on what screen you are on the display. So if you want to change the station if it happened the nav-screen location, the right side dial not help – it just changes the navi magnification. You have to change to a completely different music screen to the wheel to set the receive channel. We never get to use.

In the end it was a lot like the Chevy Avalanche and it was the right tool for the job (fun) we had to get done. Whether it really. Sufficiently large customer base that understands and takes a vehicle that seems to be the worlds between the pickup and SUV spanned been answered by the market Gone is the Subaru Brat, gone is the Ford Explorer Sport Trac, gone is the Hummer SUT, and now the Chevy Avalanche is (the 2013 model year will be the last). The only one who sees me in this category to be the Honda Ridgeline, which is when Fiat wants or Scion or other creative small car makers offer a smaller version of something like Toyota A-BAT concept. There are certainly a lot of concept cars in this category, who have not been able to build the necessary momentum, but we hope to change that.

For now, we have no doubt, there are many pickups (and their owners) out there just waiting for their big multi-state tour or cross-country road trip to take. We would highly recommend it, even if you managed not to do on a road a vehicle into retirement. Even with climbing fuel prices, could be a trip to the family pickup still create a less expensive option than a long plane ride, family hotel bills, and amusement costs. You think. About doing one of these trips yourself, and let us know how it turned out