The Chevrolet Avalanche is a full-sized crew-cab pickup with an innovative folding partition GM calls a "midgate". This allows the extension the truck's bed into its cab. With an available full-time four-wheel drive system, the Avalanche did very well in our testing. It's quiet, rides comfortably and the Chevy's optional rearview camera system greatly improves outward visibility to the rear.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
NA
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
NA
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
NA
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
NA
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags standard in 2002, available until 2006. ESC available from 2004, standard from 2006. Head protection air bags available in 2007, standard from 2008.
Road Test

The Chevrolet Avalanche is a full-sized crew-cab pickup with an innovative folding partition GM calls a "midgate". This allows the extension the truck's bed into its cab. With an available full-time four-wheel drive system, the Avalanche did very well in our testing. It's quiet, rides comfortably and the Chevy's optional rearview camera system greatly improves outward visibility to the rear.

Seating
3 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 5.3-liter V8 (310 hp)
  • 5.3-liter V8 (320 hp)
  • 6-liter V8 (355 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"i have 3 that are not working and have had the fuses checked, not blown, unable at this time to determine the problem"

William C., AR (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 6.0-L V8)
Cruise control

"Cruise Control went out last summer - just as we started on vacation. I use Cruise Control a lot. Drove nearly 4,000 miles without it. Switch went bad. However, I knew I would have some problems when buying a vehicle with 100K miles"

Anonymous, MI (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Gauges

"Displays on the gauges failed"

William P., AL (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)

"Standard (Warranty) Labor Time to change Oil Pressure Switch is 1.6 hrs. Have to remove Intake Manifold, which is 1.5 hrs. Dealer charged for both since is it not covered under warranty. $500 to change $80 switch"

Anonymous, MI (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Part of my gauges have failed for the second time"

Anonymous, AL (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)
Headlights

"replacement cost and the difficulty if you tried to replace them yourself"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)

"I finally had to pull the fuse for my daytime running lights, because they weren't shutting off when I turned the car off, and GM failed twice to diagnose or fix the problem"

Anonymous, TX (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)

"For simplicity purposes, please see the narrative on my 2011 Acadia, as the same problem occurred on the right headlight (auto, daytime lights) with the same assessment and financial "rip-off" !"

Vernon B., TX (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Backup lights remained on after ignition was turned off"

William P., AL (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)
Horn

"Alarm was going off for no reason. Repair process was 41 days. Replaced the electronics "brain" twice, caused radio and battery issues, A complete electronics nightmare"

Laura T., CA (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 6.0-L V8)

"The monitor continuously gives false or no pressure reading, on left rear, even though this problem has been addressed (twice) by technicians during past 18 months!"

Robert W., GA (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"TPM sensors tend to rust out and give false readings"

Paul D., MA (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)

"Required to replace 2 of the 4 tire pressure monitors as the erroneous reading gave me a hazardous tire symbol in the monitoring system installed in the dash; costs for each + $185.00"

Vernon B., TX (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche)
Warning lights

"I have had too many issues to remember. Currently airbag warning is on. Tire sensors have been replaced and still are not accurate"

Anonymous, WI (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 6.0-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

"All four door handles broke and became loose. I had to replace all four. It was a failure in the way the handles attached to the door. The plastic where the nut insert went failed (broke). To me this was a defect in material or workmanship"

R W., TX (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Side exterior door moldings kept getting lose(flapping). Finally took them off because GM says it would charge $800 to replace or repair"

Anonymous, NJ (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)

"Body mouldings were coming loose and actually broke one when it caught on a door while opening it"

Anonymous, AB (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Door mouldings come unglued and curl outwards in the cold - looks poor and the fix is not better"

Anonymous, AB (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Interiod door handle metallic covering peels and is very sharp. Replaced once, happened again"

Laura T., CA (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 6.0-L V8)

"The trim panels on the doors wrap and come loose in cold weather. I have had to have them replaced numerous times"

Newton M., VA (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche Unsure 5.3-L V8)

"The chrome on the handles is separating and it can cut someone opening a door"

Charley T., TX (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LS 5.3-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Jelcoat seperating from molding"

Anonymous, AZ (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LS 5.3-L V8)

"The lower trim pieces along the doors on both sides is faded, and looks mottled"

Robert A., AK (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)

"Rust along door guard"

John S., MO (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)

"I feel this is my biggest concern and may keep me from buying another Chevrolet"

Anonymous, OH (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"Had to replace the rear axle bearings, pinion bearing, and carrier bearing at 50,000 miles. GM has a kit for this repair so it must be a common problem that GM obviously knows about and should recall these vehicles and pay for the repair"

Gary B., WV (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Front axle seals"

Allen S., MI (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 6.0-L V8)
Stability control (ESC)

"Malfunctions (stops working), then usually fixes itself upon restarting the vehicle"

Anonymous, MD (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)

"Computer repeatedly lost communication with the transmission control module"

Richard S., CA (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)

"traction and stability control turn off at odd times. has no rhyme or reason just while driving will turn off and come back on within a few secondsl"

Jeff B., OH (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)

"4 wheel drive would kick in and out, resulting in the locking up of my wheel on my front passenger side"

Anonymous, AR (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)
Differential

"Replace the pinion bearing and carrier bearing at 50,000 miles"

Gary B., WV (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Whining noise, bearings replaced, $1000 repair"

Anonymous, TX (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LS 5.3-L V8)

"It wore out and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)

"Growling noise, probably an internal bearing. Differential will need to be replaced/rebuilt soon"

Steven S., TX (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LS 5.3-L V8)
Transfer case

"Chain wore a hole in the case"

Allen S., MI (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 6.0-L V8)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

"Ball joints replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LS 5.3-L V8)

"All the major front end parts went at the same , it was quite costly , but the did have alot of miles on them"

Anonymous, ON (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Electronic or air suspension

"Electronic stabilization, all four struts failed and air pump needed replacing"

Anonymous, WA (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Shocks or struts

"All 4 shocks (expensive air ride) had to be replaced"

Thomas P., NY (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"front shocks had to be replaced because they were warn out and being an auto ride it was expensive"

Corey J., NY (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Had to replace upper and lower control arms , tie rod ends , bearings . New tires alignment . The truck had some alum. parts which were costly"

Anonymous, ON (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Bearing failed"

Anonymous, NJ (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Both front wheel bearings had to be replaced front end clunked when going over bumps"

Anonymous, MI (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 5.3-L V8)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"One of the backup sensors stopped working. Had to be replaced"

T M., AB (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)

"3 sensors went bad and are very expensive to replace"

Anonymous, IN (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Back up sensors don't work, were fixed under warranty but quit again and to expensive to fix"

Alan E., ON (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)

"bqck up camera occasionally goes blank. Seems to have happened more frequently of late. Has always come back. Probably a poor contact when I put the truck into reverse"

Georg A., OH (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"radio amp went out"

Eddie G., SC (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)

"I have only one speaker that works. The rest are dead. That's one out of six"

Anonymous, AL (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)

"Had to replace the instruments cluster. It went blank"

Charley T., TX (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LS 5.3-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

"transmission totally failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)

"Transmission slippage, wouldn't shift. Had it towed to dealer. They don't repair or rebuild, replacement only option at the dealer"

Anonymous, NJ (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT Unsure)

"Transmission failed without warning. Rebuild was required, cost approx $2400"

Mike S., GA (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche Unsure Unsure)

"Slipping and/or would not shift"

Joe D., AZ (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 6.0-L V8)

"trans was junk"

Anonymous, FL (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)

"The car made it to almost 190000 miles without transmission issues. It should go at least another 100K (if I keep it that long) on the rebuilt transmission. I really can't complain about the transmission"

Georg A., OH (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"At 80,000 miles, the transmission system stopped without warning. $3500.00 for a new transmission. Vehicle has been well maintained, one primary driver. Total surprise!"

Anonymous, FL (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 5.3-L V8)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Excessive oil consumption required engine overhaul by dealer. Problem began while under factory warranty, dealership stalled repair until warranty expired requiring me to pay portion of repair cost"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)

"Failure of valve lifter for AFM. Labor cost very high so rebuild was wise to do. Prior to, engine also had high oil consumption and smoked at start up. Still smokes after rebuild. Ois consumption is less but still uses quart every 1800 miles"

Gary M., MN (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)

"The original motor died at 120000 miles. The first replacement motor died at 140000. Current motor ok but will never buy another Chevrolet product!"

Anonymous, WI (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 6.0-L V8)

"Truck lost compression in one cylinder second one was low. engine was knocking have the multi displacement engine"

Robert G., MA (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)

"Oil valve showing problem but when you put oil in, it wasn't low, and didn't need oil.... Drove it 700 miles and then had to replace the engine. ;("

Shirley S., UT (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Needed to replace the cams"

Philip G., CA (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 6.0-L V8)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Convertible top

"cargo cover has multiple water leaks even after dealer repairs"

Lee W., FL (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LS 5.3-L V8)
Doors or sliding doors

"Had to replace both rear door handles this year & both front door handles last year"

Anonymous, MO (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"I have had to replace 3 exterior door handles due to the plastic tab that hold the screw in place breaking off. cost of having to repalce the 3 door handles was 600 dollars,"

William C., AR (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 6.0-L V8)
Mirrors

"RETRACTING GEARS STRIPPED"

Bruce V., FL (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)

"The driver side power folding mirror recently quit working. Not a big deal for a ten year old truck. GM only makes a replacement mirror and not a repair kit"

Ken D., CA (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)
Seat belts

"Drivers seat belt quit working, every hard to latch"

Anonymous, OH (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

"vapor canister vent valve solenoid"

Anonymous, MI (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)

"I have constant issues aring, regarding the EGR sensors lights, or "ENGINE" light remaining on during past 12 months! This is the second ful year that this problem has existed. Now, I must take vehicle to repair shop, in order to pass my county-regu"

Robert W., GA (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Emmision control module went our requiring replacement - not under warranty"

William M., LA (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)

"Fuel pump failed"

Anonymous, AZ (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"vent solenoid failed and needed replacement. 1 week later purge solenoid failed and needed replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)

"Check engine light on. Retired sensing unit"

R C., LA (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 5.3-L V8)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

"had to replace all rotors pads calipers"

Robert G., MA (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)

"Front passenger inside brake pad failed. Grinding against the inside face of rotor. Replaced all front pads and both rotors"

Anonymous, FL (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)
Rotors

"They keep warping under moderate braking conditions, and the dealer can't seem to fix it correctly"

Anonymous, TX (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)

"Had to have turned 3 times then finally replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Brakes squeaking. Brakes worked on"

Joe D., AZ (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 6.0-L V8)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

"At some fueling stations, gas pump shuts off early and have problems filling tank with continuous cycling of gas pump nozzle shutting off"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)

"Tire pressure monitor switch gasket on engine is a source of leakage since I owned the vehicle/"

Paul D., MA (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)
Accessory belts or pulleys

"Replaced pully"

Donald L., MS (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 5.3-L V8)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"hard top cargo cover leaks"

Lee W., FL (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LS 5.3-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

"Dash/console was replaced due to really annoying squeak and rattles. It was also cracked in 3 places, caused by unknown reasons"

Thomas P., NY (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ 5.3-L V8)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission computer

"Vehicle's computer lost communication with the transmission control module repeatedly"

Richard S., CA (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"while driving started up a steep hill vehicle downshifted and accelerated then suddenly lost power found that converter plugged exhaust"

Jeff B., OH (2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3-L V8)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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