While true pickup truck enthusiasts may scoff at the idea of a truck with such a short bed and non-traditional design, the 2013 Chevy Avalanche is still a big hit among many consumers, worldwide. There are 6 various models to choose from, ranging in price from $35,980 to $47,885. Definitely not the cheapest truck on the market, but then again you certainly get what you pay for. The Chevy Avalanche does not tend to disappoint. In fact, consumers are so pleased with this year’s model that it received a Kelley Blue Book consumers rating of 9.3/10. If that doesn’t scream customer satisfaction, we really don’t know what to tell you. One of the few complaints consumers have is a lack of color schemes to choose from. With only 5 colors available, potential car buyers will be somewhat limited in their color options; not to worry however, as very few other things about this truck are limited.
The exterior has maintained roughly the same design since the first Avalanche came off the lines back in 2002, but has made just a few upgrades over the past decade or so. This year’s Avalanche comes equipped with daytime running lights (for increased safety), halogen headlights, heated mirrors, roof rack for easy storage, a storage/tool box attached to the bed, all-weather tires and a lockable cargo cover to protect contents in the bed of the truck. The LS and LT come with standard 17″ aluminum wheels, while the LTZ comes with standard 20″ polished aluminum wheels.
Inside the cabin the Avalanche doesn’t quite meet the standards set by some of other vehicles in its class. For instance, the base two models only have CD/AM/FM/MP3 capabilities, while the LTZ comes with a touchscreen GPS navigation system, Sirius XM satellite radio, plus CD/AM/FM/MP3 capabilities. While this shouldn’t be a deciding factor in whether or not to make the purchase, it’s still something that consumers who are interested in entertainment and convenience to keep in mind. The LS comes with a standard 6-speaker audio system while all other models boast a Bose premium sound system. Lynyrd Skynyrd never sounded so good as they do through this sound system. All models are equipped with Bluetooth capabilities, to improve safety while talking on the phone and driving. The LT and LTZ also have an available DVD player for rear-seat occupants. This means instead of listening to “are we there yet?” over and over again, parents can relax and enjoy a relatively quiet trip with the family.
It may not have the brutish off-road looks of an F-250 or Silverado, but rest assured that with a standard V8 on all models, the 2013 Avalanche is more than capable of handling most of Mother Nature’s terrain. For the 6 models there are 2 engine options available to consumers. The first is a 5.3-liter V8 Sequential Fuel Injection FlexFuel 2WD engine. The second engine option is also a 5.3-liter V8 SFI FF engine, but in 4WD. Both models can produce 320 horsepower at 5400 RPM. Both get a somewhat disappointing 21 MPG highway and 15 around town. But hey, most consumers don’t get a V8 for the fuel efficiency, right?
For safety the Avalanche is well equipped, with side, seat and front airbags to protect the occupants of the vehicle. There is also a tire pressure monitoring system, which will alert the driver if any of the tire’s pressures reaches an unsafe level. It also comes standard with OnStar emergency services, StabiliTrak and a rearview parking assist camera. There are many reasons to buy the 2013 Chevy Avalanche and only a few not to. The best thing to do is go test drive one today and see just how you like it, for yourself.