The 2012 Chevy Avalanche is one of the premier truck/SUVs on the road today. It provides consumers much to be happy about, including a stylish body, remarkable towing capacity, great ground clearance, 9 different colors to choose from and a price tag starting at just $36,800. With dual bi-xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights, the Chevy Avalanche is equipped for any time of day or night. The grille is modestly designed but included the honeycomb design, allowing for greater air circulation under the hood. 21 MPG isn’t going to enthrall anybody, but then again, what can you really expect from truck this size. With that in mind, the fuel economy is actually quite impressive. The bed of this SUV/truck also has built-in storage compartments, located on the side of the bed. These are especially helpful in consolidating loose tools and other gear. Want to drive out to the lake and have a few beers? Just throw some ice in the storage compartments and you’ve got yourself a couple ice boxes. Located just to the right of the license plate is a rearview parking assist camera. This feature is especially helpful since the rear visibility is notoriously bad on the Avalanche. Heated side mirrors coupled with all-weather tires, Traction Control and AWD ensure that the Avalanche can handle, well… an avalanche.
Inside the cab, the 2012 Avalanche offers a few amenities that will really excite potential consumers. Dual zone climate control allows the driver and front passenger to each select a temperature range that is suitable to their specific needs. Unique to Chevy but only available on their basic LS model is rear climate control, which allows backseat passengers reap these benefits as well. Isn’t it about time a car manufacturer took the comfort of backseat passengers into account? Consumers will also have the option to choose from cloth or leather seats on the LS, LT and LTZ models. Unfortunately, heated seats are only available on the LT and LTZ models. Consumers should also be aware that the test drivers and consumers have complained about the uncomfortable feel of the rear seats. The premium sound system will allow consumers to truly enjoy that free 3-month trial of Sirius XM satellite radio that comes standard with the purchase of any model. The leather-wrapped steering wheel has mounted controls on it for audio, cruise control and Bluetooth capabilities.
All 3 models come with an impressive 5.3-liter, V8 engine 320 horsepower and 5,400 RPM and 335 lbs./ft. of torque at 4,000 RPM. The front suspension is equipped with coil over shock, while the Avalanche boasts a multi-link rear suspension. With this in mind, consumers can feel very confident that the 2012 Avalanche is built to handle nearly any terrain.
Electronic Stability Control from StabiliTrak and Traction Control provide optimum safety to all riders, even in somewhat finicky or worrisome conditions. 6 standard airbags and free OnStar services compliment the overall safety of driving an Avalanche. Four anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist ensure that the driver is able to bring this large SUV/truck to a stop as soon as possible. So whether you’re looking for a serious off-road vehicle, a work truck, hunting truck or even just a family vehicle, the 2012 Chevy Avalanche is a hard choice to pass up.