The Avalanche is very easy to drive. mine has the auto 4 wheel drive which I love for the winters in MI. It has awesome steering, I think it manuvers better than my Grand Am did!
I love the locked closed in tailgate. The Avalanche is just like an SUV except you don't have to worry about keeping the carpet clean in the back. There is also a nice rubber mat in the truck bed so that your groceries and stuff don't slide around.
I love the looks of the truck, but unfortunately it has started to fall apart. So far the front right axle seal had to be replaced, the battery started leaking battery acid all over the windshield washing resevoir; causing it to leak the entirety of its fluid, there's a clunking noise in the front end, and there's also something wrong with the steering column. It'll be a miracle if I ever do business with GM ever again. The policies that their dealerships practice are not consumer friendly and at most have left me aggravated.
Steering wheel mounted audio controls, the absence of the body armor, and the bed cover plates allow you to use the bed as a trunk.