2012 Chevrolet Avalanche: Video Road Test & Review

The Chevrolet Avalanche is a unique entry into the full-size crossover segment.  Based on the same bones as a crew cab Chevrolet Silverado pickup, the Chevrolet Avalanche features an five-foot, three-inch exterior cargo bed that can be extended into the passenger compartment via the Midgate divider, allowing it to handle loads of up to eight feet in length.  A lockable tonneau cover protects items from prying eyes, and the crossover can seat up to five passengers.  Safety gear found on the Chevrolet Avalanche includes forward airbags, front side impact airbags and side curtain airbags that extend along the full length of the vehicle's cabin.  Electronic stability control, traction control, and the OnStar telematics system are also provided free of charge with the Avalanche.

The Chevrolet Avalanche is motivated by a 5.3-liter V-8 engine that develops 320 horsepower and 335 lb-ft of torque, managed by a six-speed automatic transmission.  Four-wheel drive is optional with the crossover, and fuel mileage for the Avalanche comes in at 15-mpg in stop and go driving and 21-mpg on the highway.  The Chevrolet is rated to tow up to 8,100 lbs.

The entry-level Chevrolet Avalanche LS (MSRP $36,800) comes with tinted windows, air conditioning, power front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a CD player with an iPod interface, 17-inch wheels, running boards, and heated mirrors.  The Avalanche LT (MSRP $40,195) installs parking assistance, dual automatic climate control, seat heaters, fog lights, a locking rear differential, and a louder stereo system, while the Avalanche LTZ (MSRP $47,000) throws in an adaptive suspension system, ventilated leather seats, surround sound audio, 20-inch rims, a navigation system, and a rearview camera.

Options packages available with the Chevrolet Avalanche include the Convenience package (rearview camera and parking assistance, power adjustable pedals, remote start), the Luxury package (greater power adjustability for the vehicle's front leather seats, a seat memory feature, power folding mirrors), the Sun, Entertainment and Destinations package (rear seat entertainment system, a navigation system, and a sunroof) and the Z71 Off-Road package (skid plates, all-terrain rubber, rugged suspension system, tough-looking exterior trim).

A list of cars similar to the Avalanche includes the 2012 Ford F-150, 2012 Chevrolet Silverado and 2012 Toyota Tundra.

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