PUTC Buyer's Guide: 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche

 



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Price:
$31,705* (1500 4x2)
$34,705* (1500 4x4)
$33,605* (2500 4x2)
$36,605* (2500 4x4)
Add $790
destination charge.
*Prices are base prices.

Engines:
Two engines are available for the Avalanche

5.3 liter Vortec® OHV V8 with sequential fuel injection.
285hp @ 5200 rpm
325ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

8.1 liter OHV Vortec® V6 with sequential fuel injection.
340hp @ 4200 rpm
455ft-lbs. @ 3200 rpm

Transmissions:
Two transmission choices exist for the Avalanche:

4L60-E Four-speed automatic (1500 version)

4L85-E Four-speed heavy duty automatic (2500 version)

Fuel Economy (city/hwy):
Vortec 5300
2WD: 14 / 18
4WD: 13 / 17

Vortec 8100
2WD: N/A
4WD: N/A

Competitors:
Ford F-150 SuperCrew

 

 

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Overview:
The Avalanche combines the best attributes of GM's full-size truck family with striking looks and innovative configuration abilities. It also seats up to six adults comfortably.

Avalanche's revolutionary Convert-a-Cab System and Midgate offer great flexibility and function. When the rear passenger seat is folded, the Midgate can be lowered to allow longer and larger cargo. When folded down, the Midgate allows the 5'3" standard bed length to convert to a full 8'1" - long enough to carry 4' x 8' sheets of plywood.

Exterior Design:
The aggressive exterior of the Avalanche signifies the direction that all GM trucks will be headed in the coming years.

For 2003 buyers can specify whether they would like their Avalanche with or without bodyside cladding.

Interior Design:
Impressive new entertainment systems -- including rear-seat entertainment systems with a DVD player and flip-down screen - add to Avalanche's "creature comforts." These systems feature the next-generation Radio Data System, and can interface with services such as XM Satellite Radio, a new option for 2003. Available rear-seat audio controls allow second-row passengers to enjoy a separate audio source from front seat occupants. A custom-designed Bose audio system uses a new, high-powered, six-channel amplifier and six speakers.

The 2003 Avalanche offers XM Satellite Radio as an option on all models. XM radio features 100 coast-to-coast digital channels, including 71 music channels (more than 30 of them commercial free) from hip hop to opera, classical to country, bluegrass to blues and 29 channels of sports, talk, children's and entertainment programming. XM also brings to the vehicle, for the first time on radio, a diverse selection of 24-hour news sources previously available only in the home. XM's next-generation sound quality technology provides superior sound remarkably close to compact disc.

A new driver convenience package is available for 2003. For the first time, Avalanche offers brake and accelerator pedals that can be adjusted rearward in unison by nearly 3 inches for better positioning and comfort; also, they are available with a memory feature. An available eight-button steering wheel control allows Avalanche owners to personalize several functions (trip calculator, fuel data, etc.), and safely access all entertainment systems. The controls also provide easy access to the OnStar system, an innovative in-vehicle communications and assistance service designed to provide drivers with access to live, personalized service and emergency assistance at the touch of a button, 24 hours a day.

A new multi-zone manual-control heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system is standard on Avalanche. It allows the driver and front passenger to adjust the temperature to their own comfort - as much as a 30-degree Fahrenheit difference between the two front zones. Exterior mirrors feature power tilt glass and power folding to protect them in narrow spaces; heating elements that clear frost, snow or ice; left side electrochromatic glass that dims glaring headlights; puddle lights; new turn indicators embedded in the glass; and a memory feature. Homelink Universal transmitter is also part of the package.

Powertrain:
Avalanche offers uncompromising brawn and stamina. The durable and powerful 285-hp Vortec 5300 5.3L V8 engine is standard on 1500 Series models.

The Avalanche 2500 Series offers the Vortec 8100 8.1L V8 engine, which achieves 340 hp and boasts a 12,000-lb maximum towing capacity.