2002 Chevrolet Avalanche Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2002 Chevrolet Avalanche - Road Test Specs

2002 Chevrolet Avalanche Crew Cab

(5.3L V8 4x4 4-speed Automatic 5.2 ft. Bed)


Model year2002
Style1500 4dr Crew Cab 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 4A)
Base MSRP$33,965
As-tested MSRP$36,568


Drive type4WD
Engine typeV8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)5.3
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)285 @ 5,200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)325 @ 4,000
Transmission type4-speed automatic


Suspension, frontIndependent with torsion bars
Suspension, rearFive-link coil spring w/ automatic load leveling
Steering typePower, recirculating ball w/ variable assist
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelWrangler AT/S
Tire size, frontP265/70R17
Tire size, rearP265/70R17
Brakes, frontFour-wheel vented disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.4
0-60 mph (sec.)8.9
0-75 mph (sec.)13.0
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.7 @ 83.8
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)33
60-0 mph (ft.)140
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)N/A
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)43.3
Sound level @ idle (dB)Below 50
@ Full throttle (dB)72
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)71

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsWe were fighting rainy conditions all day long during our testing, but did manage to get in our normal number of runs for this portion of the testing. Our best attempt was the fifth, during which we got the best numbers for each speed category. On that run, we used a brake-torque start and manually shifted the one-two and two-three shifts just before the 5,800 rev-limiter would cut in and limit the fun. Chevrolet produces some great engines and other than having a lot of weight for the 5.3-liter 285-horsepower engine to move around, the Avalanche did not disappoint.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsStopping 5,700 pounds of high-center-of-gravity vehicle is no easy task, and the Avalanche did not surprise us with its test distances. We got the best numbers on the first attempt, and the distances started to get longer with each of the additional two runs. Because we were fighting the weather during our testing, we did not make as many runs as we would normally have done. ABS system noise was controlled but apparent, and stability seemed to be good. Overall, the Avalanche produced average numbers for its super-size heft.
Handling ratingN/A
Handling commentsThis portion of the testing was not done due to inclement weather conditions. — Neil G. Chirico

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)85
Temperature (°F)N/A
Wind (mph, direction)N/A

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)Auto 13/17 Manual /
Edmunds observed (mpg)12
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)31

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)5,678
Length (in.)221.7
Width (in.)79.8
Height (in.)73.5
Wheelbase (in.)130
Legroom, front (in.)41.3
Legroom, rear (in.)38.9
Headroom, front (in.)40.7
Headroom, rear (in.)38.6
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)N/A
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)N/A


Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain3 years / 36,000 miles
Corrosion6 years / 100,000 miles
Roadside assistance3 years / 36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNo


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsNone
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlNot available
Rollover protectionN/A
Emergency assistance systemStandard - OnStar Communication System, incl. 1-year Safety and Security Service Pkg
NHTSA crash test, driverN/A
NHTSA crash test, passengerN/A
NHTSA crash test, side frontN/A
NHTSA crash test, side rearN/A
NHTSA rollover resistanceN/A

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