With Chevy's recent announcement that the Avalanche is going away for 2013, we thought it would be nice to get behind the wheel of one to remind ourselves what this truck is all about. We can't believe it was just 10 short years ago when the full-size four-door transformer took the North American International Auto Show by storm, giving GM a firm foothold in the growing half-ton four-door marketplace.
But we won't be driving the Avalanche like a normal road test, tooling around the same state on familiar roads. In fact, we won't be staying in the same state very long because we'll be loading up our East Coast college student — and her laundry, luggage and refrigerator, I'm sure — and driving cross-country back to California.
No doubt, along the way we may pull into at a few truck stops and see a few sites. Or, if we're not getting along too well, we may try to blast across in record time. However, no matter what, we'll be collecting some good data and photos of the Avalanche along the way and letting you know about it. And feel free to offer any suggestions to us along the way--Washington D.C. to Los Angeles, Calif.
For more about the exact options on the vehicle we have, you can download the Chevy Avalanche Monroney here. Our test unit has all the options and tops out at $55,000.