What we're looking to validate here is the convenience and easiness of towing with the Chevy Avalanche. This kind of evaluation is a complement to our regular road tests. Our tester was a base 2007 Avalanche LS with 4-wheel drive; its FlexFuel Vortec 5.3-litre V8 engine runs on gasoline or E85 and is mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission.
Storage flexibility and safety
One the great qualities of the Avalanche is the versatility of the bed-cabin combo. Sure, the tailgate is heavy and the various bed panels require quite some time to unlock and arrange, but the flexibility provided by GM's Convert-A-Cab system is totally worth it. In my case, the system also served as protection for all my gear (tires, tool box, tanks, etc.). In addition, the 60/40 split-folding bench allowed me to accommodate one rear passenger while benefiting from good cargo room for my equipment.
With the panels and tailgate in place, visibility is non-existent. Securing a trailer requires help from somebody or a good 15 minutes to perfectly align the draw bar with the trailer coupler. With a colleague of mine, we completed the operation in less than 5 minutes. The 7-pin sealed wiring connector (for the brake lights) is conveniently positioned but hard to connect.
Visibility is excellent when backing up with a trailer. I loved the 4WD system as we were in the snow; it also offered a comfortingly smooth ride. Meanwhile, the flexible and precise steering makes this kind of maneuver easier. It came in quite handy since I had to back into a narrow driveway to pick up a Miata.
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