With its superior ride, quiet cabin and added versatility, the Avalanche scored the highest of any pickup we'd tested during that period of time. The folding midgate gives this model flexible cargo-carrying ability. However, removing the rear window is time consuming and extending the cargo bed turns the truck into a two-seater.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"great pick-up, steering easy for size of vehicle"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Chevrolet Avalanche)

"My wife drives this vehicle and she likes that it's big enough to give her a "road presence"."

Anthony S., FL (2002 Chevrolet Avalanche)

"My Avalanche handles like a fine car. For its size it is wonderful to drive. Some of my friends have driven it while on vacations and they say it handles a lot better than they expected it too. Its very smooth and the engine has lots of power and excelleration when I need it."

TODD O., OH (2002 Chevrolet Avalanche)

"A truck that rides, handles and accelerates like a luxury automobile."

MACK H., AL (2002 Chevrolet Avalanche)

"The handling and responsiveness of the vehicle's all wheel drive option traveling on icy/snow covered roads is truly excellent."

Anonymous, MT (2002 Chevrolet Avalanche)

"Poor braking system but otherwise a well engineered machine that has given me many years of driving pleasure and it's a good workhorse too.Too bad GM discontinued them. They should produce one edition every 5 years."

JAMES B., ON (2002 Chevrolet Avalanche)

"If you are looking for good gas mileage it will do ok on the road but in town it is around 11 miles per gal. Love the looks, ride and comfort."

Anonymous, CO (2002 Chevrolet Avalanche)

"Great power steering, I can use 1 finger in the spokes of the steering wheel to whip it around tight corners such as parking lots, great turning radius for its size"

Anonymous, WI (2002 Chevrolet Avalanche)

"Lots of power and excellent 4WD."

Anonymous, KS (2002 Chevrolet Avalanche)

"The 350 (5.3L) runs great even though it has over 160,000 miles, the Z71 package is well worth the money. I had to spend a little money on some suspension, wear and tear, but no trouble with engine, tranny, or rear end. I also have 22 inch tires on it. I had to get catalytic converters two years ago, but stuff wears out. Transmission never fails."

Patrick K., IL (2002 Chevrolet Avalanche)

"Big vehicle but drives like a car. V8 provides smooth acceleration."

Gary G., IN (2002 Chevrolet Avalanche)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"We like the rear end for hauling, sleeping, or carrying pasengers"

Anonymous, WA (2002 Chevrolet Avalanche)

"very comfortable, need ac seats was not available"

Anonymous, GA (2002 Chevrolet Avalanche)

"Very comfortable on the open road. Handles well and the adjustable seats improve the ability to travel long distances"

Anonymous, PA (2002 Chevrolet Avalanche)

"Comfortable way to move gear or materials and when the roads of weather turns, you can still get where your going."

Bruce M., NM (2002 Chevrolet Avalanche)

"My husband uses this car for work and play, I love the heated seats in our brutal midwest winters"

JOYITA H., IL (2002 Chevrolet Avalanche)

"Everything. Great truck"

David D., FL (2002 Chevrolet Avalanche)

"Lumbar support"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Chevrolet Avalanche)

"Very comfortable seats with the adjustments that can be made"

Anonymous, WI (2002 Chevrolet Avalanche)

"Being a truck based 4wd it rides like a car."

Gary G., IN (2002 Chevrolet Avalanche)

"This is my second 2002 Avalanche, they are made on the same platform as a Cadillac Escalade, handles well, all leather, interior roomy, low noise, it is great for a truck. I would've bought a newer one, but used truck prices are crazy high as dealerships buy up private party vehicles to keep used prices artificially high. I know, I have a brother in law that perused ads for Toyota."

Patrick K., IL (2002 Chevrolet Avalanche)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Best money ever spent on a truck"

ALLISON L., TN (2002 Chevrolet Avalanche)

"Good price"

AXEL R., PR (2002 Chevrolet Avalanche)

"A very versatile vehicle we use to tow a trailer, haul wood, take on trips. It now has 188,000 miles and has only needed driveline repair. Very Pleased."

RICHARD K., KS (2002 Chevrolet Avalanche)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"It's now 14 years old and the styling still appears contemporary."

JAMES B., ON (2002 Chevrolet Avalanche)

"Still looks cool. People compliment it all the time even after all these years"

ALLISON L., TN (2002 Chevrolet Avalanche)

"I loved the Avalanche the moment i saw them on TV and I had to have one. You either love them or hate them. I LOVE my Avalanche! Its been great for me, hauling, towing, traveling or just running around town."

TODD O., OH (2002 Chevrolet Avalanche)

Would you buy this car again?

2002 vehicles
Chevrolet Avalanche
Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Dodge Ram 1500
Ford F-150
GMC Sierra 1500
Toyota Tundra
Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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