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2007 Chevrolet Avalanche

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2007 Chevrolet Avalanche Review

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First introduced for 2002, the Avalanche combined a full-size SUV body with a pickup truck's cargo bed. Redesigned for 2007, the second-generation Avalanche is built on GM's new full-size SUV platform, which is also used for the Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL, and it offers improved fuel economy and Flex-Fuel (ethanol/gasoline) operation. Refined small-block 5.3-liter V8 engines are standard, and a 6.0-liter V8 that uses variable valve timing is optionally available. Three trim levels are offered: LS, LT, and LTZ (with the LT level further divided into LT1, LT2 and LT3), and with rear-wheel or four-wheel drive.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you regularly pull a boat or trailer and also need the cargo capabilities of a pickup truck, along with abundant passenger space and comfort, remember that a properly-equipped Avalanche can tow up to 8,000 pounds. With its versatile Midgate configuration, the Avalanche can be set up to carry long loads (including four-by-eight-foot plywood sheets) or, with rear seatbacks raised, to hold a full complement of passengers.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If gas mileage is a major concern, you might be better off with a different sort of vehicle, because the Avalanche is not frugal, even with the new Active Fuel Management System. Piloting an Avalanche through crowded urban streets is no picnic because of the vehicle's bulk, though maneuverability is better than some might expect.

What's Significant About This Car?

In addition to Flex-Fuel capability, new Active Fuel Management technology lets the V8 engine switch automatically from eight- to four-cylinder operation, during lighter-load conditions, to reduce fuel consumption. New body features include a central-locking, spring-loaded tailgate that opens and closes more easily and cargo-cover retaining straps, but head-curtain airbags are an option rather than standard.

Driving the Avalanche

Driving Impressions Compared to the first-generation Avalanche, the 2007 model has an impressive level of refinement. On good roads the suspension absorbs most imperfections, delivering an almost cushiony ride but not at...

the expense of control or security, and the Avalanche takes curves with a high level of stability. Acceleration is more rapid than it appears, because power flow is so smooth. The automatic transmission shifts in an easy and positive manner, with a brief delay for acceleration to pass or merge. Steering is on the light side, but not effortless, and the vehicle has an impressively tight turning circle.

Active Fuel Management System
Chevrolet is by no means alone in offering cylinder deactivation, but it's a welcome addition to these heavyweight vehicles, which are known for lapping up substantial quantities of gasoline.

Midgate Configuration
True pickup-truck fans might shun the Avalanche's relatively short cargo bed and SUV foundation, but the Midgate gives it a degree of versatility that's absent from traditional pickups.

2007 Chevrolet Avalanche Details
Interior

With its Midgate closed, the Avalanche seats up to six passengers. Folding down the rear seat yields the greatest cargo-hauling capacity. Roomier than before, the Avalanche gains passenger space via a lower instrument panel and deeper windshield. Front-row seats have gained an inch of rearward travel. A monster console in upper trim levels separates front-seat occupants, who have a remarkably generous amount of space. The rear seat folds flat, rear-seat occupants enjoy more shoulder space and three fit easily, though the center position is a bit hard. Seatbacks are somewhat firm, but deliver above-average comfort. Gauges are easy to read at a glance.

Exterior

As with that of its predecessor, the second-generation Avalanche's Midgate opens to extend cargo-bed length from 5.3 feet to 8.2 feet. With improved aerodynamics and a strengthened chassis, the redesigned monochromatic exterior features wraparound fascias that eliminate bumper-to-body gaps. Storage compartments alongside the cargo box include drains and provide lockable space and a three-piece rigid cargo cover with interlocking panels is available. A sleeker windshield angle leads into a smoother roofline, the front air dam is lower and wider and prominent fenders with integrated wheel flares complement the bulging power-dome hood. Wider front and rear tracks enhance stability.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

In base LS trim, the Avalanche includes remote keyless entry, heated power mirrors, a cloth-upholstered split-bench front seat with power on the driver's side, side steps, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear privacy glass, the StabiliTrak stability-enhancement system and 17-inch tires on five-spoke aluminum wheels. The midlevel LT version adds foglamps and front bucket seats with a center console. GM's Autoride suspension, with real-time damping for reduced body motion, is standard on the LTZ, as is a limited-slip differential and 20-inch wheels and tires. The LTZ and various levels of the LT group also include head-curtain airbags, remote engine starting, rear obstacle detection, leather upholstery and power-adjustable pedals. All versions of the Avalanche include GM's OnStar emergency and communications system.

Optional Equipment

The Z71 Off Road Package includes 18-inch wheels, the Z71 suspension, tubular assist steps, locking rear differential and a skid-plate package. Articulated running boards are available, which automatically move downward and outward as the doors are opened. Individual options, depending upon trim level, include Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist, a rearview camera system, navigation system, DVD backseat entertainment system with an eight-inch screen and 20-inch wheels.

Under the Hood

The standard engine is a Vortec 5.3-liter V8, matched to a four-speed Hydra-Matic transmission. Four-wheel-drive models use a version which can operate on E85 or gasoline. A 366-horsepower, 6.0-liter V8 with variable valve timing is optional. Under certain conditions, Active Fuel Management Technology lets each engine run on four cylinders to save fuel.

5.3-liter V8
320 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
340 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 (2WD Gas)

5.3-liter V8 Flex-Fuel
310 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
335 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 (2WD Gas), 12/16 (2WD E85), 15/20 (4WD Gas), 11/15 (4WD E85)

5.3-liter V8 Flex-Fuel
320 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
340 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 (2WD Gas), 12/16 (2WD E85), 15/20 (4WD Gas), 11/15 (4WD E85)

6.0-liter V8
366 horsepower @ 5500 rpm
386 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/18

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2007 Chevrolet Avalanche Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 375 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

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  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.6/10
    Styling
    9.6/10

We own 2 Avalanches. Great vehicles

By on Sunday, April 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Best road trip vehicle ever made"

Cons: "They stopped production in 2013"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"If you've ever taken a road trip in an avalanche you know it's the greatest truck ever built. Lay down the seats and the back opens up into a full bed. We hook up the game system and play games sprawled out across the back. When I take the truck camping I just climb into the back, lay a bed down and sleep. No need for a tent when you have this vehicle. We started with a 2003 Avalanche, and we still own it. It has 200k+ miles on it and never had any major mechanical issues. We just picked up the newer 2013 model last week. Keeping both trucks. I've never in my life run into another Avalanche owner that didn't absolutely love it. My grandfather drove our first Avalanche and has now purchased a new Cadillac EXT every year since 2005. Now we're both on the 2013 models and wishing GM never stopped production."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Gorgeous truck

By on Thursday, January 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 129,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "stylish, charismatic, smooth driving"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This truck has the most charisma of any car or truck I have owned (I have had about 15 cars or trucks). Its a beautiful vehicle to look at and drive. It is in a class of its own."

12 people out of 20 found this review helpful

A great SUV and Truck in one!

By on Thursday, January 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfort, versatility, great options available"

Cons: "Underpowered. See changing a head light bulb above"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"After owning a 2009 Tahoe, I decided that I needed a little more versatility and space, so I traded it in on my Avalanche. Moving from the Tahoe to the Avalanche was an easy transition as the interiors are identical and with the same powertrain, it pretty much drives the same as my Tahoe did. The Avalanche handles the snow in upstate NY pretty well. I live at the top of one of the tallest hills in the area with a couple of steep inclines on the way up and it tackles them pretty well. It is a very large vehicle. Comfortable on the long hauls with gas mileage to be expected for a 6000 lb truck. I get about 20 mpg highway and 13-14 mpg around town. The one downside I find is that the truck seems under powered. The transmission is quick to find a higher gear to save gas, which adds to this. I would say this motor could stand about another 50 hp and 50 lb/ft of torque.After owning this for one year, I'm happy to report that I still love this truck. Not to say I haven't had a couple of issues. A month after I bought the truck, the truck went into a safe mode and left me limping on the side of the highway an hour from home. I had it towed to the dealership and it ended up being a sensor. I blew a wheel bearing and have had a couple of issues with the moon roof. All covered under the Certified Pre-Owned warranty. I did have to replace a bulb in one of the headlights-which turned out to be quite the process. There is no room to fit your hands behind the headlight assembly to change the bulb. The ONLY way to change a light bulb is to follow these steps: 1)remove the liner in the wheel wells 2)crawl under the vehicle to remove two bolts 3)remove six bolts above grill 4)remove the WHOLE BUMPER ASSEMBLY. 5)remove three bolts to release light assembly (one of which was hidden under the bumper) to replace bulb. Yes you have to take off the huge one piece grill/bumper to change a frickin light bulb. I don't know what engineering genius came up with this and thought it to be acceptable. He should be shot on site! Something that should be an easy fix takes over an hour. Ridiculous! The mid-gate function is awesome. Opening the back end up into the cab to haul larger items is a breeze. BUT you need two people to do it. During the summer months, I've taken the back window out and stored it behind the rear seats for some great open air driving. Overall, this truck is great and I would recommend it to anyone who asks me about it."

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

I love the Avalanche over any pickup truck!

By on Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 154,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "It's safe & 4-wheel drive goes anywhere."

Cons: "None."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is my third Avalanche. It has all the extras practically, that can be put in one & on one. Always bought used--the 2002, 2005 & my 2008. It's still in excellent condition, but I would like to get the newer Red 2013. Please Chevrolet, put the Avalanche back into production! Very dependable & best value in a truck that rides like a luxury car. Some friends of mine want mine, but I need to find the 2013 with my name on it, before I let this one go. They bought their 2005 Avalanche, new. I tell anyone who listens how much I love my Avalanche. Every owner of one has always said they love theirs, too."

10 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Worst purchase I ever made!!!

By on Tuesday, January 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 112,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "None"

Cons: "A hole lot"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"After just 2 years the truck started to burn oil. When I took it to the dealer they told me there was nothing wrong, 2 days later the engine was blown. I had to fight wuth the dealer to get a new engine. If that wasen't enough, 2years later the transmission had to be replaced."

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Love this truck!!

By on Thursday, December 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Perfect Truck UV"

Cons: "Milage is the only con..."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"If I could afford the gas I would drive this truck exclusively. Like riding in a 4WD Cadillac. Very smooth, quiet, and comfortable with that extra level of safety and security that being in a full size vehicle gives you."

12 people out of 26 found this review helpful

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