Shopping for a new Chevrolet Avalanche?
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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
bucket seats are supportive and provide generous room
relatively short cargo bed
Kelley Blue Book
straightforward ergonomics and top-notch fit and finish
With an interior like that in the latest Chevy Silverado and Tahoe, the Avalanche has comfortable seats front and back, with a high-quality look and feel.
Seats are generously proportioned in front especially, and there's plenty of space in back for adults. 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 [2010 Chevy] Avalanche can accommodate up to six occupants when equipped with the split-bench front seat." Car and Driver feels there's "not much people space" inside, a minority opinion among reviews studied by TheCarConnection.com's editors.
Small-item storage is good. The big center console on five-passenger versions is wide and deep, and all versions have good storage in the glove box and the door panels, but it doesn't possess the flat floor of the Ford F-150 or the flexible storage bins of the latest 2010 Dodge Ram.
If you truly need long-bed hauling all the time, a four-door Chevrolet Silverado's a better bet, and if you only use a truck occasionally, the smaller Honda Ridgeline might be more practical as a daily driver. In between, the 2010 Chevy Avalanche is a singularly reasonable solution. The bed expands from 5' 3" to 8' 2", giving it more full-size capacity, and there's not much of a downside to the Midgate for body structure. 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 2010 Chevrolet Avalanche, and the "pass-through capability" vastly increases its usefulness. Cars.com points out that the 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 advise shoppers that when the rear seats are in use, the truck bed "measures 5.3 feet long and has 45.5 cubic feet of volume-roughly equal to a four-door Dodge Dakota Club Cab."
Comfort and controls are first-rate and simple to use. ConsumerGuide says the 2010 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 "the Avalanche rides surprisingly well for a large pickup truck. It betrays its design with only mild bounding over large bumps."
The 2010 Chevrolet Avalanche sports real six-passenger seating, the flexible Midgate, and good interior quality.