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Chevrolet Avalanche

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Overview of the Chevrolet Avalanche

Learn about the Chevrolet Avalanche

Summary

Versatile 4x4 trucks that also have spacious interiors are hard to find, but Chevrolet manages to achieve this with the Avalanche. The last model was produced in 2013, but many are still on the road today. With an all-wheel drive option and standard 5.3 L V8 engine, the Avalanche’s fuel consumption is relatively high, but the vehicle is powerful. A 6 L V8 is also available for 2009+ models for those needing their truck to go further. Despite its power, the Avalanche is easy to handle and great for both on- and off-road driving.

Safety

The Avalanche is equipped with the following standard safety features in all models and generations:

  • Driver and passenger airbags—front/rear head airbag and front side airbag
  • Four-wheel antilock braking system and Electronic Stability Control for added control and lowered risk of skidding
  • Integrated turn signals on side mirrors
  • Traction control to ease acceleration and reduce risk on low-friction surfaces

Installing child seats can be a bit difficult in the Avalanche, but it isn't impossible. Moving the front seats forward a little can ease their installation.

Interior

The interiors of the Avalanche’s base trims have common amenities included, such as electric windows, AM/FM satellite radio and front air conditioning (with dual zone air conditioning starting with the 2009 manual model). Heated seats are optional in all Avalanches, and are included in the LTZ top trims starting with the 2009 model. A sunroof is available as an add-on for all 2010+ trims. 

Technology

Technology is not the primary focus of the Avalanche. Bluetooth is absent but is partially made up for by the USB ports for Apple/Android connection included in all 2010+ models.

The infotainment media centre is optional for all trims and generations. The rearview camera and GPS navigation can be displayed on the touchscreen.

Space

If cargo space is a priority, the Avalanche is an excellent choice, as it's capable of towing over 3,600 kg. Its 1.6 metre rear bed can also be expanded to 2.5 metres by simply folding the backseat back and lowering the midgate, opening up the cabin for cargo. 

Cabin space is also larger than most trucks in its segment, and for a sixth seat, drivers can opt for a three-seat front bench, available in the LS, LT and LTZ models. 

Comfort

The versatility of the Avalanche also applies to its comfort, with many options available. Standard features include driver lumbar support, power-adjustable driver’s seat, and adjustable brake and gas pedals that align the pedals to the driver’s height. Other features include:

  • Leather interior optional for all models
  • Standard rear-wheel drive, optional all-wheel drive
  • Off-road package available for 2009+ trims, which include heavy-duty springs and shocks to absorb the bounce of unpaved roads

Pros and cons of the Chevrolet Avalanche

  • High degree of versatility
  • Spacious cabin
  • All-wheel drive available
  • Ceased production in 2013
  • High fuel consumption
  • Can be difficult to install child seats
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Specifications of the Chevrolet Avalanche

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats5 - 6
  • Doors4
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • City consumption14.3 - 20.3 L/100km
  • Highway consumption9.4 - 13.6 L/100km
  • Width2009 mm
  • Length5620 mm
  • Trunk space-
  • Cargo space-
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the Chevrolet Avalanche

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This variant of the Chevrolet Avalanche 2007 - 2013 is available in 3 trims:

LS trim features and specs

Available with the LS trim:
  • Front seats have lumbar support (optional)
  • Spare wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the LS trim:
  • Fog lights (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • Roof bars (optional)
  • Roof rails (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Crew cab
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
  • Trailer hitch with removable fixture
Available with the LS trim:
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Side curtain airbag (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag (optional)
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the LS trim:
  • CD player
Available across all trims:
  • Bluetooth (optional)
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Hill start assist (optional)
  • MP3-CD player
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors (optional)
  • Rear view camera (optional)
  • Satellite radio (optional)
  • USB port for front passengers
2 engines are available with the LS trim:
5.3 L - Gas - 310 hp
City consumption:14.4 - 15.4 L/100km
Highway consumption:9.6 - 10.8 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:889 - 956 km
5.3 L - Gas - 320 hp
City consumption:14.3 - 20.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:9.4 - 13.6 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:680 - 968 km

LT trim features and specs

Available with the LT trim:
  • 3 climate zones (optional)
  • Front seats have lumbar support (optional)
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • Heated steering wheel (optional)
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support
  • Spare wheel
  • Ventilated front seats (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the LT trim:
  • Fog lights
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • Roof bars (optional)
  • Roof rails (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Crew cab
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
  • Trailer hitch with removable fixture
Available with the LT trim:
  • Rain sensor (optional)
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Side curtain airbag (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag (optional)
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the LT trim:
  • CD player
Available across all trims:
  • Bluetooth (optional)
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Hill start assist (optional)
  • MP3-CD player
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors (optional)
  • Rear view camera (optional)
  • Satellite radio (optional)
  • USB port for front passengers
4 engines are available with the LT trim:
5.3 L - Gas - 310 hp
City consumption:14.4 - 15.4 L/100km
Highway consumption:9.6 - 10.8 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:889 - 956 km
5.3 L - Gas - 320 hp
City consumption:14.3 - 20.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:9.4 - 13.6 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:680 - 968 km
6 L - Gas - 366 hp
Combined consumption:-
Transmission:Automatic
Range:-
6.2 L - Gas - 395 hp
Combined consumption:-
Transmission:Automatic
Range:-

LTZ trim features and specs

Available with the LTZ trim:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Emergency wheel (optional)
  • Front seats have lumbar support
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel (optional)
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support
  • Spare wheel (optional)
  • Ventilated front seats (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the LTZ trim:
  • Fog lights
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Roof bars
  • Roof rails
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Crew cab
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
  • Trailer hitch with removable fixture
Available with the LTZ trim:
  • Side curtain airbag
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag (optional)
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the LTZ trim:
  • CD player (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Bluetooth (optional)
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Hill start assist (optional)
  • MP3-CD player
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors (optional)
  • Rear view camera (optional)
  • Satellite radio (optional)
  • USB port for front passengers
3 engines are available with the LTZ trim:
5.3 L - Gas - 310 hp
City consumption:15.1 - 15.4 L/100km
Highway consumption:10 - 10.8 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:889 - 914 km
5.3 L - Gas - 320 hp
City consumption:14.3 - 14.4 L/100km
Highway consumption:9.4 - 9.5 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:959 - 968 km
6 L - Gas - 366 hp
Combined consumption:-
Transmission:Automatic
Range:-

Frequently asked questions about the Chevrolet Avalanche

Chevrolet Avalanches for sale by owners can usually be found for $30,000 and under, depending on the vehicle's year, trim level and condition.

The Chevrolet Avalanche was introduced in 2001 and, after a 12-year run, was discontinued in 2013. However, many Avalanches can still be spotted on the roads today.

A camping trailer—sometimes referred to as a fifth wheel—can easily be towed by the Avalanche, as long as it's under 2,268 kg.

The Chevrolet Avalanche's maximum payload is a 633 kg weight capacity. Its maximum towing capacity is an impressive 2,268 kg.

Despite its truck-style bed, the Avalanche is built like an SUV, allowing it to be handled easily even by drivers who aren't accustomed to driving a truck.