2007 to 2013: Chevrolet Avalanche
As one of the more prominent members of the Sport Utility Truck (SUT) segment, the second-generation Chevrolet Avalanche offers plenty of versatility, along with a spacious interior and compliant ride. The most recent Avalanche model debuted for 2007, and was built on the same platform as the Cadillac Escalade EXT and Chevrolet Suburban.
The Chevy Avalanche comes with a standard 5.3-liter V8 engine that generates 320 horsepower. A 6.0-liter V8 that produces 366 horsepower was also available through the 2009 model year. Earlier models come with a four-speed automatic transmission, while a six-speed automatic transmission became standard starting with the 2009 Avalanche. Rear-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive is optional.
The Avalanche seats up to six when equipped with a front bench and was offered in LS, LT and LTZ trims. Its 5-foot-3-inch cargo bed can be expanded into the cabin by folding the rear seats and lowering the Avalanche's "midgate," which expands the length of the bed to roughly 8 feet.
Standard features include a power-adjustable driver's seat, power windows and locks, keyless entry and an auxiliary input jack. Satellite radio was added to the list of standard features on the 2008 model and Bluetooth became standard on the 2009 Avalanche. For 2010, the Avalanche gained a standard USB port. The Avalanche's standard safety equipment includes a suite of air bags, anti-lock brakes, stability control and the OnStar telematics system.
Common options include a sunroof, navigation, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control and leather upholstery. 2009 brought in comfort features like heated and ventilated front seats, which are standard on the top LTZ trim.
Although the segment has dwindled, the Chevrolet Avalanche can be crossed shopped with a few SUTs of the same era, including premium models like the Cadillac Escalade EXT and Hummer H2T. Smaller models like the Ford Explorer Sport Trac might also be considered. If you're shopping for a newer model, crew cab versions of full-size trucks like the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Ford F-150, GMC Sierra 1500, Nissan Titan, Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra are also worth consideration.
Earlier Chevrolet Avalanche models
The first-generation Avalanche was sold from 2002 to 2006 model years. When it debuted, the Avalanche included a 5.3-liter V8 engine that produces 285 horsepower. An 8.1-liter V8 that makes 340 horsepower was available. A four-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive were standard and four-wheel drive was available as an option.
Inside, standard features include a power-adjustable driver's seat, cloth upholstery, keyless entry, heated sideview mirrors and cruise control. For 2003, the Avalanche gained updated interior styling and new options like electronic stability control, power-adjustable pedals, satellite radio and a Bose audio system. 2005 models benefitted from new standard features like audio controls on the steering wheel and the OnStar telematics system, as well as a new optional navigation system with a touch-screen display.
In its final year before a full redesign, the 2006 Avalanche gained standard electronic stability control and a tire pressure monitoring system.