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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
bucket seats are supportive and provide generous room”
cabin features straightforward ergonomics and top-notch fit and finish
True pickup-truck fans might shun the Avalanche's relatively short cargo bed
Kelley Blue Book
Because of its Midgate, the 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche offers a fair amount of versatility, and despite a limited bed, there’s ample storage space.
Kelley Blue Book notes, "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." Car and Driver raves about "cargo flexibility" in the 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche, noting "this truck has GM's innovative Midgate feature, which allows pass-through capability between the cargo box and the cabin, vastly increasing versatility."
Cars.com says Chevrolet Avalanche 2009 rear seats "can fold to extend the cargo bed, but once the Midgate is down there is no partition separating the driver and front passenger from the elements." They also report that the "Avalanche's bed measures 5.3 feet long and has 45.5 cubic feet of volume—roughly equal to a four-door Dodge Dakota Club Cab." Car and Driver comments that there's "not much people space" inside the 2009 Chevy Avalanche. Cars.com states that "two rows provide seats for up to six occupants," however. Edmunds reports that the "more common front bucket-seat arrangement seats five, but the [2009 Chevy] Avalanche can accommodate up to six occupants when equipped with the split-bench front seat."
ConsumerGuide says the 2009 Chevy Avalanche is "trimmed mostly with hard plastic, but many surfaces are textured, lending an upscale appearance," and notes that "gauges are large and easy to read...the climate controls are mounted slightly low but are no trouble to reach." According to Edmunds, the interior is "constructed of high-quality materials, the cabin features straightforward ergonomics and top-notch fit and finish."
ConsumerGuide also reports that while there is "noticeable highway-speed wind rush and tire rumble...bump noise is well-suppressed, [and] engine whine intrudes only in rapid acceleration." They assert that "the Avalanche rides surprisingly well for a large pickup truck. It betrays its design with only mild bounding over large bumps."
The 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche offers comfort for up to six and has impressive interior quality.