2013 Chevrolet Avalanche
The Chevrolet Avalance boasts itself as an SUV and a full-sized pickup truck—one of the first in the market since it was launched in 2002. It offers the best of both worlds: with a smooth and comfortable driving performance like that of an SUV but with a pickup bed like a truck, the Avalanche has proven its worth through the years. Now taking its final bow, the Chevrolet Avalanche is going out with a bang with its 2013 lineup. This may be off-putting for some, but this actually means that bargain-hunters can get this sports utility truck for a considerably more affordable price.
For its 2013 lineup ,the Avalanche added a special trim level: the Black Diamond. All the other trim levels though, even the base Avalance LS, is already more than enough as it better equipped and has more features than most pickup trucks. With rear parking sensors and a backup camera, the Avalance LS base model is a great deal.
The Avalanche comes with just one powertrain option: a 5.3-liter V8 engine that packs 310 horsepower in a six-speed automatic transmission. It is also equipped with flex-fuel capability and cylinder deactivation, which gives it better fuel efficiency that most pickup trucks. In terms of its performance, the Avalanche deserves all the praise it can get. With its refined handling, driving the Avalanche doesn’t feel like driving a usually rowdy pickup truck. Not only does it drive as well as most Chevy trucks, it is also pleasant to hear, well and capable, and stable. The fuel economy is decent, too, at 15/21 mpg city/highway—the Active Fuel Management system deactivates four of the eight cylinders when highway cruising, among other driving situations. An important selling point of pickup trucks is its cargo capacity. For sports utility trucks, this has been sacrificed through and through. Fortunately, the Avalanche can tow up to 8100 pounds—putting it well above the average of most full-sized pickup trucks.
The pickup-bed capacity is drastically improved simply by lowering the rear window, folding the rear seats, and flipping down the rear wall. Doing this will increase the truck bed from 5’3” to 8’2”—and with the tough material of the bed wall, it can well be used for hauling trucks. In a nutshell, its one-of-a-kind folding midgate bulkhead transforms it from a 6-seater SUV to a full-sized truck.
The exterior is defined by the its folding midgate bulkhead, which separates the pickup bed from the cargo bed. In its altered state, the 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche looks just as commanding.
The technology of the Avalanche is quite comprehensive, with an OnStar system, iPod connectivity, backup camera, and an available navigation with updated traffic system for the LT and LTZ trim levels. As for its safety features, the 2013 Avalanche is equipped with six airbags, and the OnStar system. Available as well is an ABS and stability control system. The trailer sway control comes in all trim levels, to assist in towing maneuvers.The special edition 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche Black Diamond series starts at around $37,000—less than $1,000 from last year. A fully loaded LTZ starts at around $49,000 and can reach up to $55,000.