Chevrolet Avalanche

The Chevrolet Avalanche is a sport utility truck that was originally introduced in 2001. The Avalanche is based on General Motor’s full-size SUV platform. Despite having a price tag that’s somewhat higher than most crew-cab pickup trucks, the Avalanche sold reasonably well during its production run.

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About the Chevrolet Avalanche

The highly versatile Chevrolet Avalanche is one of the most successful attempts at blending the passenger capacity and creature comforts of an SUV with the utility and cargo hauling abilities of a full-size pickup truck. The Avalanche is essentially a full-size SUV that’s been outfitted with an open pickup truck bed, as opposed to a covered cargo compartment, such as you would find in a standard model SUV. The vehicle can in some ways be regarded as a more rugged alternative to the Cadillac Escalade EXT.

Chevrolet Avalanche Features

One part four-door crew-cab pickup and one part full-size SUV, the 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche features a 5-foot 3-inch pickup truck bed and is powered by a 5.3-liter V-8 engine that’s capable of producing 310 horsepower and 335 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated with a capable six-speed automatic transmission. Like past models of the vehicle, the 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche features a fold-down midgate and a removable rear window. This enables drivers to open the backseat area of the Avalanche to link up with its open pickup truck bed.

The 2012 Avalanche is available in three different trim levels: the base LS, the midrange LT and the top-of-the-line LTZ.

The base LS model is equipped with a respectable offering of standard features. These include 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, a composite cargo bed, a roof rack, heated mirrors, rear privacy glass, side assist steps, and a removable three-piece bed cover. Interior features include dual-zone manual climate control, cruise control six-way power seats, a leather-bound tilt-only steering wheel, Bluetooth capability, and OnStar. The vehicle’s audio system boasts six speakers, a CD player, and iPod/USB interface with satellite radio. The audio system can also be operated from the rear seat. There is also the option of a 40/20/40 front bench seat that can increase the Avalanche’s seating capacity to six. An optional Convenience package includes rear parking sensors, rearview camera, remote ignition, and adjustable power pedals.

The LT model includes the addition of foglights, rear parking sensors, locking rear differential, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, power adjustable pedals, remote ignition, and a 7-speaker Bose audio system. Eighteen-inch wheels are also available as an option. An additional Luxury package includes power-folding mirrors, eight-way power front seats, power lumbar adjustment, driver memory, leather seats, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

The premium LTZ version of the Avalanche includes the Luxury package as well as 20-inch alloy wheels, an adaptive suspension, driver-side auto-dimming mirror, perforated leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, a navigation system with real-time traffic capability, a rearview camera, and an eight-speaker Bose surround-sound system.

Some additional packages that are available on the LT and LTZ models are the Sun, Entertainment, and Destination packages. These include additional features such as sunroofs, rear-seat entertainment systems, and navigation with real-time traffic info for the LT. The Avalanche rolled along on 20- or optional 22-inch wheels that were available for all trim levels.

There is also a Z71 Off Road package that features specialized springs and shock absorbers, front recovery hooks, a skid plate and upgraded 18-inch off-road tires.

Little has changed about the Avalanche since the 2011 model. However, the new features that were added include the addition of a trailer sway control and hill start assist features to the vehicle’s standard stability-control system. The higher trim LT model was outfitted with heated seats while the top trim LTZ model now features a heated steering wheel.

Chevrolet Avalanche Evolution

The first generation of the Chevrolet Avalanche was made available between 2002 and 2006. This generation featured the innovative foldable midgate and is very similar to the current generation in terms of passenger and cargo bed capacity. Early models were available with two- or four-wheel drive and in half-ton or three-quarter ton weight designations. The half-ton version was outfitted with a 5.3-liter V-8 while the three-quarter ton version had an 8-1-liter V-8. Both models were outfitted with a standard four-speed automatic transmission.

The second and current generation of the Avalanche was introduced in 2007. That generation featured sleeker styling and offered drivers a more precision driving experience. There were also a number of interior refinements made. Models from 2007 through 2009 onwards offered the option of a 6.1-liter V-8. The 2009 model year also saw the introduction of the option for a six-speed automatic transmission. Aside from those features, changes between the first generation and the second generation of the Avalanche have been fairly minimal.

Select a Chevrolet Avalanche Year

2013 Chevrolet Avalanche

Truck, Utility/Offroad

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.

2012 Chevrolet Avalanche

Truck, Utility/Offroad

The 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche gets few changes which include available seven-inch touch screen and built-in 80Gb hard drive, standard electronic trailer sway control, and hill-start assist system. Otherwise, the 2012 Chevy Avalanche carries over unchanged from the 2011 model, when it was refreshed with new exterior color choices (Steel Green Metallic, Mocha Steel Metallic and Inferno Orange Metallic replace Laser Blue Metallic and Black Granite Metallic) and available 20-inch wheels. The Chevy Avalanche LS trim gets standard body colored rearview mirrors while the Avalanche LTZ with four-wheel drive gets standard two-speed transfer case to replace the earlier one-speed version.

2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

Truck, Utility/Offroad

For the Avalanche LTZ 4WD, a two-speed transfer case replaces the previous model’s single-speed case. Body color mirrors become standard on the ’11 LS. All trim levels are offered with optional 20-inch chrome wheels. New exterior colors for the model year are Steel Green Metallic, Mocha Steel Metallic and Inferno Orange Metallic, replacing Laser Blue Metallic and Black Granite Metallic.

2010 Chevrolet Avalanche

Truck, Utility/Offroad

2009 Chevrolet Avalanche

Truck, Utility/Offroad

The 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche mixes a sport utility vehicle (SUV) and a pickup truck.

2008 Chevrolet Avalanche

Truck, Utility/Offroad

The Chevrolet Avalanche is a very recognizable full-size, four-door sport utility truck with a long chassis used on other Chevrolet trucks, SUVs, and the Cadillac Escalade.

2007 Chevrolet Avalanche

Truck, Utility/Offroad

2006 Chevrolet Avalanche

Truck, Utility/Offroad

The 2006 Chevrolet Avalanche remained on the list of high-demand crossover vehicles despite the minimal changes introduced for the 2006 model year.

2005 Chevrolet Avalanche

Truck, Utility/Offroad

The 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche is the ?transformer? of vehicles.

2004 Chevrolet Avalanche

Truck, Utility/Offroad

The 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche is a crossover vehicle, sort of.

2003 Chevrolet Avalanche

Truck, Utility/Offroad

Few vehicles can share the utility glory that the 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche has had.

2002 Chevrolet Avalanche

Truck, Utility/Offroad

The 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche is a brand new sport utility truck that can seat five or six passengers.