The king of the crossover vehicle is back for 2004 with
new colors and more standard equipment than ever. Though
there aren't any groundbreaking changes for this model still
in its infant stages, that isn't to say that there is some
slacking going on at Chevrolet. After all, the Avalanche
is the model that started the crossover SUV/pickup truck
The 2004 Chevy Avalanche is offered in ½-ton and
¾-ton models. Two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive
configurations for both sizes are available. What is standard
is segment-bending versatility, strength, durability and
comfort, all at a reasonable price.
The 2004 Chevy Avalanche lineup is broken down according
to size. There is a 1500 model and a larger 2500 model.
The midgate system continues to be the defining interior/exterior
feature of the 2004 Chevy Avalanche. With the rear seat
and midgate up, there is room for a total of six.
The 2004 Chevy Avalanche has adjustable brake and accelerator
pedals. They can be moved rearward in unison by nearly 3
inches for better positioning and comfort. In addition,
they are also available with a memory feature.
With an available eight-button steering wheel, Avalanche
owners can personalize several functions and safely access
entertainment systems. There are more than a few to choose
from, but you can't wrong with a rear-seat DVD entertainment
system or a custom-designed, six-speaker Bose audio system.
The Convert-a-Cab System increases the Avalanche's cargo
bed from 5.3 ft to 8.1 ft. Two storage compartments (with
drains) on either side of the cargo bed provide a combined
3.5 cubic feet of lockable storage space. A three-piece
rigid cargo cover with interlocking panels is also available.
1500 models feature a 5.3-liter Vortec V8 engine capable
of producing 295 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 330 lb-ft of
torque at 4000 rpm. 2500 models are brawnier; their engine
is an 8.1-liter Vortec V8 with 320 horsepower at 4200 rpm
and 445 lb-ft of torque at 3200 rpm.
2500s also come with heavy-duty suspension for more ruggedness.
Both engines are mated to 4-speed electronic automatic transmission.
Owners of 2WD 1500 models can opt for a Z66 On-Road Package.
This includes the StabiliTrak system, limited-slip differential
and upgraded load-leveling rear suspension.
Safety and Security
1500 models receive standard Hydroboost brakes for 2004,
which provides more reserve power for emergency braking
situations. Other safety features on the Chevy Avalanche
include dual front airbags, side airbags, daytime running
lights and the LATCH system for child seats.