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2006 Chevrolet Avalanche

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2006 Chevrolet Avalanche Review

A practical crossover SUV option that boasts a comfortable cabin and ample cargo space, but lacks in fuel economy and luxury appointments.

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Overview

The 2006 Chevrolet Avalanche remained on the list of high-demand crossover vehicles despite the minimal changes introduced for the 2006 model year. With two fully equipped trim packages and a powerful engine, there was actually little need for improvements. Consumers can benefit from the flex-fuel engine in the 1500 LS along with open pickup bed in both models. The major highlights include the Midgate Systems designed to add an additional three feet to the open bed. Expect to find plenty of room for up to six passengers, along with a variety of optional packages that reflect the modern luxuries of the year. Towing capacity is also impressive, whether drivers intend to rely on it for work or play.

The Range

Body Styles: crew cab
Engines: 5.3-liter V-8, 8.1-liter V-8
Transmissions: automatic
Models: Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 LS, Chevrolet Avalanche 2500 LS

What's New

The 2006 Chevrolet Avalanche introduced only minimal changes throughout the body design and interior. The heated mirrors of the previous model year were dropped and replaced with a new optional varietal. Drivers can also expect to find a standard compass carefully positioned on the review mirror. Safety upgrades were made standard on the Avalanche, including a tire pressure monitoring system and stability control on both 1500 LS and 2500 LS. As it reached its fourth year on the market, it is still drawing attention in the performance crossover SUV category. It combines comfort inside the cabin with a powerful drive, resulting in a great crossover suitable for work or play.

Exterior

The 2006 Chevrolet Avalanche's most noteworthy feature, along with the sleek and stylish exterior, continues to be the Midgate System. The Midgate System was designed to easily remove the partition between the cab and truck bed, allowing consumers to improve on the already ample five-foot space. In just a few simple steps, drivers can make room for three extra feet of cargo space. For those planning to utilize the crossover SUV for work, they can opt to take advantage of the cargo storage system and protective cover. The exterior color palette should also be considered, since the 2006 model offers up to ten options including, but not limited to, Victory Red, Bermuda Blue Metallic, or Dark Grey Metallic. Sixteen-inch alloy wheels, all terrain tires, and privacy glass are standard on both models.

Interior

The 2006 Chevrolet Avalanche is available in two trim packages: with the base-level LS, and the upgraded LT. Standard in the LS interior, drivers will find dual-zone air-conditioning, a leather steering wheel, a cargo area light, along with front and back reading lights. Consumers have the option of selecting two bucket seats or a 40/20/40-split bench seat in the front, with a three-passenger 60/40-split bench in the back. A radio with a CD player is also standard, with speed-sensitive volume control and an optional DVD entertainment system. Four color palettes are available, including Tan/Neutral or Gray/Dark in premium cloth and the same color options in leather.

Performance & Handling

As expected, the 2006 Chevrolet Avalanche handles like a SUV while providing the interior comfort of a luxury pickup. With 295 horsepower (hp), the 1500 model generates 335 lb-ft of torque through the 5.3-liter, V-8 engine. Towing capacity is impressive, reaching up to 8,200 pounds. If buyers are searching for increased power and towing capabilities, look no further than the 2500 model. The 2500 trim ups the ante with an 8.1-liter V-8 that climbs to 325 hp with 447 lb-ft of torque. This model can manage a towing capacity of 12,000 pounds, making it a true performer in this category. Drivers can benefit from large cargo room while still enjoying the power and surplus from the high-performance, V-8 engine.

Safety

Safety features are located throughout the 2006 Chevrolet Avalanche, from the interior to the exterior. Inside the cabin, buyers can benefit from child seat-anchors, front- and rear-adjustable headrests, and passenger airbags. Functions that are hard to ignore are the four-wheel anti-lock brakes, daytime running lights, electronic brake force distributions, and engine immobilizer. The Avalanche earned three out of five stars for driver protection during frontal-impact tests, according to government crash testing. In front passenger protection, the vehicle earned an additional four-star score.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Avalanche: 13/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Midgate System
  • Powerful V-8 Engine
  • Comfortable seating

You Won't Like

  • Minimal Luxury Options
  • Fuel Economy
  • Larger Body Design

Sum Up

A practical crossover SUV option that boasts a comfortable cabin and ample cargo space, but lacks in fuel economy and luxury appointments.

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