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2013 Chevrolet Avalanche

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2013 Chevrolet Avalanche Review

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2013 marks the final year of the Chevrolet Avalanche, a dual-purpose vehicle that bridges the concept of a pickup truck with that of an SUV. Every 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche to roll off the assembly line will officially be rechristened the Black Diamond Avalanche to commemorate the end of the model’s twelve-year run. Featuring Chevrolet’s patented Midgate design, which allows the vehicle to easily convert from a five- or six-passenger SUV to full-size truck, the Avalanche is effectively one-of-a-kind in the automotive world. Chevrolet designers have been mindful of comfort in the design of the 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche, and regardless of the task at hand going on outside the truck; driver and passengers alike are treated to a wealth of amenities onboard. With plenty of room for people or cargo, as well as great towing capacity, the 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche is able to work hard and play hard.

New For 2013

For the final year of its production, the 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche receives a royal send-off. Some new features for the 2013 model include:

  • Black Diamond badges
  • New upgrades to the base LS trim level
  • Rear parking assist
  • Remote vehicle starting
  • Fog lamps
  • Body-colored exterior elements
  • Rear vision camera


The innovative Midgate incorporated into the design of the 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche gives the vehicle a rugged, albeit roomy, appearance. The elongated cabin features four doors and an open bed supplemented by the modular design of the rear bulkhead to allow added stowing capacity. The 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche is a towering powerhouse with a 130-inch wheelbase, 5705-pound curb weight, and just over nine inches of ground clearance. All trim levels of the 4x2 feature 17-inch aluminum wheels except for the Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ, which ships with 20-inch wheels. Tinted windows are standard across the lineup, as are heated door mirrors. A hard pickup truck tonneau cover is also a standard feature on all trims. All versions of the 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche are painted in monotone finishes.

Interior & Cargo

The 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche seems to be designed with urban comfort as much in mind as adventure-seeking. Creature comforts found in all versions of the 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche include a driver information center, satellite/AM/FM stereo with CD player, steering wheel mounted audio controls, rear seat audio controls, Bluetooth, first-row LCD screen, and Chevy hotspot mobile Wi-Fi. Dual-zone automatic climate control, tilt steering, seatback storage, and analog instrumentation are all standard for the Chevrolet Avalanche lineup. Premium Bose speakers are available on the Avalanche LT and the Avalanche LTZ trim levels. Cloth seating is standard for the LS trim level, while leather is standard on all others. Both front seats are heated.

Other conveniences include four 12V DC power outlets, power windows, cruise control, and turn-by-turn satellite navigation courtesy of the included OnStar system. Ultrasonic parking assist is included, as is keyless entry. Storage space abounds. The pickup-style bed can be readily expanded to add covered storage space simply by letting down the back bench.


The 2013 Avalanche features Chevrolet’s StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System to help the vehicle stay firmly on the road. The 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche features six standard airbags. It also includes a steel safety cage for the protection of the driver and passengers. OnStar is included for the first six months of ownership and includes Automatic Crash Response. OnStar brings the additional safety features of stolen vehicle assistance, crisis assistance, emergency services, roadside assistance, and complete vehicle diagnostics to the 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche. A four-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) is stand across the Avalanche lineup, as are front and rear anti-roll bars. Power-assisted braking is also standard.

Driving Experience

Thanks to the 5.3-liter, eight-cylinder engine in the 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche, the vehicle is aptly powered to handle both hauling and towing. The engine is coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and displaces 320 horsepower to the rear axle. Driving is made pleasant thanks in part to the included traction control and the extensive list of safety features found in the vehicle’s design. Whether used for towing the boat to the lake for the weekend or cruising around town on errands, the 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche Black Diamond is a comfortable choice that somehow manages to address both rural and urban agendas suitably.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche

  • Ford Super Duty
  • Dodge Durango
  • Hummer H3