2008 Chevrolet Avalanche Interior
The 2008 Avalanche's luxurious and comfortable cabin still isn't good enough to break into the top-three for sport utility truck interiors. However, Forbes says the inside of the Avalanche "is crafted from higher-quality materials, with redesigned seats that offer greater comfort, and an instrument panel that is positioned lower for easier visibility."
Edmunds also notices the Avalanche's,"high-quality materials, fine fit and finish, and logical control layouts."
Several writers also refer to the cabin as impressively quiet. Thecomments, "It is unusual to find a truck with such a quiet cabin, something we all noticed with pleasure." The explains the Avalanche "is quieter because Chevy uses sound deadening in the headliner, door seals and firewall. The engine gets a special cover and noise-reducing alternator."
The base Avalanche can seat up to six passengers, though the front bucket seats -- which replace the three-seat front bench on LT and LTZ models -- drop the count to five. Forbes says, "Four or five full-grown adults can enjoy reasonable comfort with generous leg- and headroom." With the midgate lowered and the cargo bed extended into the cabin, the Avalanche seats two or three passengers in the front seats only.
Reviewers have few complaints about the front bucket seats. Autobytel finds them "spacious and soft, with a wide padded center armrest offered for additional support," and says, "Head, leg, and shoulder room should prove generous enough for even the largest of adults." Likewise, the notes, "The front seats are especially noteworthy because they offer excellent support without feeling confining." One of the only criticisms, which comes from , is that there's "too much lumbar bump. You can't retract it fully as you can in some rival trucks."
The 60/40-split folding rear bench gets less positive reviews. Though the bench seats up to three, Cars.com says, "There's ample room in back for two adults -- three for a short trip." Likewise, Kelley Blue Book says that "the center position is a bit hard." "Too little,” says about the back-seat room, “despite the generous 39 inches of legroom GM publishes." The reviewer then refers to the rear seat as "a heartbreaker, because Avalanche and the rest of the new GM trucks are otherwise remarkably nice to drive and use." But a few reviewers are more complimentary of the seats, with Auto Mall USA noting, "The rear seats offer adequate and decently contoured space for adults, even those a few inches taller than six feet." MSN says, "In the back seat, three adults have decent space."
Cars.com finds, "All Avalanches come well-equipped." Standard features on the LS base model include power windows, power door locks, keyless entry, a single CD/MP3 player, a power driver's seat and cruise control. The next trim level, the LT1, adds conveniences including front bucket seats and rear audio controls.
Edmunds, however, sees the higher trim levels, the LT2 and LT3, as smarter choices because they provide even more upscale features. The LT2 adds dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery and a remote vehicle start feature, while the LT3 boasts those features plus rear park assist, upgraded power front seats, power-adjustable pedals and a seven-speaker Bose audio system. New for 2008, all Avalanche trims receive three trial months of XM Satellite Radio.
The control and dash layout on all of the trims impresses reviewers. Cars.com comments: "Recessed into their own portholes, the gauges are easy to read. The center control panel holds intuitive, chrome-ringed climate controls, and I found the varying shades of wood trim in my test vehicle reasonably tasteful." Likewise, the says: "Everything is easy to see and use and is laid out logically. The gauges are simple and attractive, and the radio is easy to figure out."
Cargo capacity is one of the Avalanche's strong suits. In addition to its versatile cargo bed and folding/removable midgate, the truck offers cargo space inside through a 60/40-split folding rear bench seat. When folded down, it provides room for "whatever you want to carry -- in the case of one Avalanche-owning friend, two big dogs," says the. "You can mix and match the Avalanche's rear seat and cargo areas to suit your needs."
An especially unique feature is the ability of the rear doors to open a full 90 degrees, making it easy to enter in or load cargo. However, thenotes an annoyance: "The rear doors open 90 degrees, but unless opened gently they will rebound and whack anyone trying to stow gear in the rear seats."
Other interior storage spaces are "ample," according to Consumer Guide and several others. MSN observes, "I couldn't help feeling like I had one clever truck, because I kept finding nifty storage spots in the Avalanche." In front, spaces include a glove box (which Auto Mall USA says "isn't as expansive as it looks when closed"), a center tray with removable cupholders and plastic door pockets. Cars.com especially likes the roomy center console, which has two 12-volt power outlets. But the reviewer cautions, "Beware that the optional backseat DVD entertainment system fills half the center console with headsets, a quick-start manual and a remote." Auto Mall USA describes the console as "large," but "not especially deep."