2008 Chevrolet Avalanche Trims

LS
Base
Avg. Price: $20,880

The 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche LS is a rear-wheel-drive pickup/SUV that seats six in two rows. The cargo bed starts at 5.2 feet and can hold 45 cubic feet. Rear seats split-fold 60/40, and the midgate wall can be removed separately or with the rear window, lengthening the bed to 8 feet. A hard cover and tie-downs are standard. A 5.3-liter V8 delivers 320-hp and 340 ft-lbs of torque and features cylinder deactivation when cruising. It is matched only to a 4-speed automatic. An E85 Flex Fuel version is available.

The 2008 Avalanche LS rides on 17-inch alloy-wheels with all-season tires, but 18-inch are available. New this year are side impact airbags, accompanying the dual front ones. Other safety features include stability control with rollover sensors, 4-wheel ABS brakes and electronic brakeforce distribution, automatic headlights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, OnStar, and a tire monitor. The Avalanche LS receives five stars in crash tests, but only three for rollover safety.

Standard on the 2008 Avalanche LS are full power features, including a 6-way power driver's seat. The equipment list is extensive, with a tachometer, compass, and temperature display, cruise control, intermittent wipers, heated mirrors, wheel-mounted audio controls for the CD/MP3 player, satellite radio, leather trim for the wheel and shifter, and dual-zone climate control. A standard trailer hitch helps haul up to 8,200 pounds. Running boards are also included, and a roof rack can be added. Options offer a 6-CD changer, power adjustable pedals, remote start, and remote entry.

4WD
Avg. Price: $23,315

Adding 4WD to the 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche LS reduces towing capacity to 8,000 pounds with the standard tow hitch and trailer wiring. But it adds extra road grip in slippery situations, featuring both mechanical and locking center differentials. A locking rear differential is optional. The on-demand 4WD features high- and low-range gearing for off-road potential. A 320-hp, 5.3-liter V8 powers the combination SUV/pickup, paired with a 4-speed automatic. It is also a Flex Fuel E85 vehicle.

Like the rear-wheel-drive model, the 2008 Avalanche LS 4WD comes with 5-star safety features, including 4-wheel disc and ABS brakes, 17-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires and a tire monitor, dual front and side impact airbags, stability control, rollover sensors, automatic headlights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, front and rear stabilizer bars, and side impact beams. OnStar is also standard.

Though utilitarian, able to extend its 5.2-foot bed to 8 feet with the removal of the midgate wall and window, the six-passenger Avalanche LS 4WD offers plenty of comfort. Full power features include a 6-way power driver's seat, heated mirrors, wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls for the CD/MP3 player, satellite radio, and intermittent wipers. A tachometer, temperature display, and compass offer convenience. Leather trim, dual-zone climate control, eight front and rear cupholders, and front power outlets offer convenience. The cargo bed comes with a hard cover and tie-downs. Options add roof rails, remote start and entry, a 6-CD changer, and power-adjustable pedals.

LT1
Base
Avg. Price: $20,853

The LT trim for the 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche represents the middle of the lineup. It begins with the LT1, which basically adds a 6-way power passenger seat to the 6-way driver's seat, rear audio controls, and more option choices, such as a garage opener, sunroof, and DVD player. The rear-wheel-drive 2008 Avalanche LT1 features a 320-hp, 5.3-liter V8 with 4-speed automatic. The Flex Fuel engine rates 340 ft-lbs of torque and can tow up to 8,200 pounds with the standard trailer hitch. The pickup seats six with a cargo bed just over five feet long, able to hold 45 cubic feet. With the midgate wall removed and the rear seats folded down, passenger capacity is reduced to three, but the bed extends to eight feet. A hard cover and tie-downs are included.

Five stars (three for rollover) in crash tests are due to standard stability control, 4-wheel disc and ABS brakes, rollover sensors, side impact beams, and dual front and side impact airbags. Automatic headlights, halogen lamps, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, OnStar, 17-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, and a tire monitor are other safety features. Skid plates, tubular side rails, backup sensors, and a first aid kit are available.

Other standard equipment includes wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, a CD player with MP3 jack, satellite radio, intermittent wipers, full power features, heated mirrors, leather trim, dual-zone climate control, eight cupholders, front and rear power outlets, a temperature display and compass, and a security system. Paying extra gets you a 6-CD changer, upgraded Bose sound system, remote start, a roof rack, and power-adjustable pedals.

4WD
Avg. Price: $22,559

Riding on a multilink front and rear suspension, the 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche LT1 4WD adds more driving confidence both on and off the road in the form of on-demand four-wheel drive with high- and low-range gearing. The system comes with a mechanical center and locking center differential, with an optional rear locking differential available. The extra weight reduces the towing capacity of this full-size pickup to 8,000. The 5.3-liter V8 delivers 320 hp and 340 ft-lbs of torque and is matched to a 4-speed automatic. It is also an E85 Flex Fuel Vehicle that starts at 14/20 mpg.

The 2008 Avalanche LT1 4WD seats six in two rows, with a 5.2-foot bed. Fold down the rear seats and remove the midgate wall and window, and you fit three people and now have an 8-foot bed. Tie-downs and a hard cover are standard. A roof rack can be added. The tow hitch and trailer wiring are included. The LT1 upgrades from the LS by including a 6-way power passenger's seat along with the 6-way driver's seat and rear audio controls. Other standard equipment includes a full power setup, wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, a CD/MP3 player, satellite radio, intermittent wipers, leather wheel and shifter trim, heated mirrors, and dual-zone climate control. A sunroof, DVD player, 6-CD changer, remote garage opener, and remote start are available.

Safety-wise, the 2008 Avalanche LT1 4WD earns five stars with standard 4-wheel ABS brakes, 17-inch wheels with all-season tires, dual front and side impact airbags, stability control, OnStar, automatic headlights, halogen lamps, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a tire monitor. Rear parking assist is optional, along with a first aid kit and skid plates.

LT2
Base

For a pickup, the 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche LT2 acts a lot like an SUV in terms of comfort and convenience. It upgrades significantly from the LT1 by adding standard power-adjustable pedals, a 6-CD changer with radio data, leather upholstery, remote start, a garage opener, a trip computer, foglights, and interior wood trim. In addition to the cargo cover and tie-downs, the pickup bed also comes with a lockable storage box.

The 2008 Avalanche LT2 is powered by a 320-hp, 5.3-liter V8 and 4-speed automatic. It rides on 17-inch wheels with all-season tires. Safety equipment includes 4-wheel disc and ABS brakes, dual front and side impact airbags and stability control, which earns the pickup five stars in crash tests. Though rollover sensors are also included, the LT2 rates only three stars in this category. Automatic headlights, halogen lamps, a tire monitor, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror are also standard. A parking assist system, rearview camera, first aid kit, and rain-sensing wipers can be added. An off-road package, skid plates, side step rails, and both 18-inch and 20-inch tires are also available.

Full power features include remote entry, 6-way power front seats, heated folding mirrors, wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, and intermittent wipers. Dual-zone climate control, eight cupholders, and four power outlets (3 front, 1 in the rear) provide comfort and convenience. Along with the trip computer comes a temperature and compass display and tachometer. Leather trim combines with the wood accents for a definitely non-pickup feel. The LT2 seats six with a 5.2-foot bed, which expands to 8 feet when the midgate wall is removed. It comes pre-wired for towing up to 8,200 pounds. Moving up to the 2008 Avalanche LT2 gets you a navigation system option, along with a DVD player and a sunroof.

4WD

Though the 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche LT2 4WD comes with high- and low-range gearing and 9 inches of ground clearance, it is best taken off-road when combined with the optional off-road package, skid plates, and larger 20-inch wheels (replacing the standard 17-inch all-season tires). The on-demand system features mechanical and center locking differentials, with a rear locking differential available.

The sure-footed ride is powered by a 320-hp, 5.3-liter V8 and 4-speed automatic transmission that provides 340 ft-lbs of torque. Four-wheel disc and ABS brakes, stability control with rollover sensors, dual front and side impact airbags, automatic headlights, halogen lamps, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and tire monitor are standard. The 2008 Avalanche LT2 4WD also adds standard foglights. A rearview camera, first aid kit, and rain-sensing wipers are optional.

The truck can be configured to seat six in two rows, with each row getting cupholders, a power outlet, and audio controls. In this setting, the bed holds 45 cubic feet and is just over 5 feet long. Tie-downs, a cover, and lockbox are included. A trailer hitch is standard (capacity up to 8,000 pounds), and a roof rack is available. Remove the midgate wall and window, and you now have room for three passengers, but you get an 8-foot bed. Convenience features upgrade to a 6-CD changer with MP3 input, leather upholstery, power-adjustable pedals, remote start, a garage opener, and wood trim. These are in addition to cruise control, intermittent wipers, full power features, remote entry, 6-way power front seats, dual-zone climate control, and a security system. Options add a navigation system, DVD player, Bose sound system, and a sunroof.

LT3
Base

This rear-wheel-drive pickup is loaded with SUV-style comfort and convenience. Seating five in two rows, with rear seats that fold down and a midgate wall and window that can be removed to increase the 5-foot pickup bed to 8 feet long, the 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche LT3 is both practical and comfortable. It adds bells and whistles with standard front heated seats, color-keyed exterior trim, and power lumbar and memory settings for the driver.

These join the 10-way power front seats, remote entry, remote start, garage opener, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, wheel-mounted and rear audio controls for the 6-CD changer and MP3 player, satellite radio, power-adjustable pedals, leather upholstery, leather and wood trim, Bluetooth, and a trip computer. Other conveniences include folding heated mirrors, intermittent wipers, a roof rack, and a security system.

A 5.3-liter, 320-hp V8 and 4-speed automatic drive the 2008 Avalanche LT3, which rides on 17-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires. Also available on the LT3 is a 6.0-liter, 366-hp V8 and a flex-fuel version of the 5.3 V8. It earns mostly five stars thanks to 4-wheel disc and ABS brakes, stability control, rollover sensors, and dual front and side impact airbags. Other features include OnStar, automatic headlights, a rearview camera and parking assist system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, foglights, rain-sensing wipers, and halogen headlamps. An off-road package includes skid plates, and other options are 18- or 20-inch wheels and side steprails. You can also add a navigation system, DVD player, and a sunroof.

4WD

With a mechanical center and locking center differential (a locking rear differential is optional) and both high- and low-range gearing, the 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche LT3 4WD pickup works both on and off the road. With the 4WD, the LT3 adds standard skid plates, mudguards, side steprails, and chrome trim. Wheel options range from 17 to 18 to 20 inches, with all-season tires. The 2008 Avalanche LT3 is powered by a 320-hp, 5.3-liter V8 that gets 340 ft-lbs of torque. It is matched only to a 4-speed automatic. A 6.0-liter, 366-hp V8 is optional.

Riding on an independent front and rear and multilink rear suspension, the 5-person LT3 earns the highest safety ratings except in rollover tests. It comes standard with stability control, rollover sensors, dual front and side impact airbags, 4-wheel ABS brakes, a tire monitor, automatic headlights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, foglights, halogen lamps, rain-sensing wipers, OnStar, and a tire monitor. A rearview camera and parking assist system are also standard, as is a first aid kit. The pickup has two rows, with the rear seats split-folding 60/40. The midgate wall can be removed alone or with the rear window. Removing the wall expands the pickup bed from 5 to 8 feet in length, which comes with tie-downs and a hard cover, along with a lockable storage box. A roof rack is standard.

Comfort is not abandoned for utility. Rear passengers get four cupholders, a power outlet, and audio controls. Front passengers also get four cupholders and a power outlet, but also full power features, 10-way power front seats with power lumbar support and driver's memory settings, heated seats, and wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls. The 6-CD changer comes with satellite radio and an MP3 input jack. Leather upholstery is complemented by leather and wood interior trim. Intermittent wipers, Bluetooth, a trip computer, temperature display and compass, remote entry, remote start, and a garage opener are other conveniences. Options include a navigation system, DVD player, and a sunroof.

LTZ
Base
Avg. Price: $21,936

No, the LTZ doesn't stand for Lots and Lots of standard features, but it could. The top end of its full-size pickup lineup, Chevrolet's 2008 Avalanche LTZ adds performance enhancements, including an automatic adaptive suspension, rear locking differential, and automatic rear load-leveling, to accommodate different driving situations. The flex-fuel 5.3-liter, 320-hp V8 and 4-speed automatic transmission are standard, with the option to add a 6.0-liter, 366-hp V8. Towing capacity is 8,200 pounds with the standard tow hitch, and fuel economy averages around 14/20 mpg.

The 2008 Avalanche LTZ holds 45 cubic feet in its 5-foot bed. Tiedowns, a power outlet, lockbox, and hard cover are standard, as is a roof rack to supplement storage. The midgate wall and window can be removed and the rear seats folded down to produce an 8-foot bed, but this exposes front passengers to the elements. 4-wheel disc and ABS brakes, stability control, rollover sensors, and dual front and side impact airbags are standard. Other safety features include folding mirrors, a rearview camera and backup sensors, a tire monitor for the standard 20-inch wheels with all-season tires, a first aid kit, OnStar, automatic headlights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, rain-sensing wipers, and foglights.

As for luxury, 10-way power front seats with power lumbar and memory settings, heated seats, leather upholstery, full power features, remote start, remote entry, a garage opener, dual-zone climate control, front and rear audio controls for the 6-CD changer/MP3 player, and satellite radio should do the trick. Also included are cruise control, intermittent wipers, a security system, a trip computer, eight cupholders, several storage consoles, power outlets in the cabin and bed, and leather and wood trim. A DVD player, navigation system, and tilt sunroof are available options.

4WD
Avg. Price: $23,703

The on-demand 4WD system in this full-size pickup comes with low-range gearing, a rear locking differential, and mechanical and locking center differentials. Combined with the standard skid plates, 20-inch wheels (18-inch available), the automatic rear load leveling and adaptive suspension, the 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 4WD marries functionality and heft with interior comfort and luxury. Power is supplied by a 320-hp, 5.3-liter flex-fuel V8 and 4-speed automatic, which can tow around 8,000 pounds. A 6.3-liter, 366-hp V8 can be substituted.

Utility comes in the form of a 5-foot pickup bed that features tie-downs, a hard cover, a power outlet, and lockbox. A bed extension can be added. For extra space, remove the midgate wall and window and fold down the rear seats for an 8-foot-long bed. The cabin offers 39 inches of rear legroom, nearly matching the 41 in the front, and passengers get four cupholders, a power outlet, and audio controls. On the outside sit a roof rack, chrome moldings and side steprails, and a rear step. Safety features include 4-wheel ABS brakes, dual front and side impact airbags, stability control, rollover sensors, parking assist, and a rearview camera. A tire monitor, first aid kit, OnStar, auto-dimming rearview mirror, folding side mirrors, halogen lamps, foglights, automatic headlights, and rain-sensing wipers are also standard.

The luxury part is supplied by leather upholstery, heated front seats, 10-way power front seats with driver's side power lumbar and memory settings, and dual-zone climate control. The 6-CD changer comes with satellite radio and an MP3 jack, with audio controls on the steering wheel next to the cruise control. A trip computer, temperature display and compass, remote start, remote entry, a garage door opener, security system, and intermittent wipers round out the equipment list of the 2008 Avalanche LTZ 4WD. A DVD player, navigation system, and tilt sunroof are optional, along with powered sidesteps.