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2013 Chevrolet Avalanche

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2013 Chevrolet Avalanche Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.9

The 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche truck is part pickup, part SUV and entirely practical. Its big, roomy cabin is virtually identical to the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban, from the second-row seat forward. Out back is a pint-size 63-inch cargo bed. A unique folding midgate bulkhead between that bed and the flip-down rear seat extends the cargo area into the cabin, providing many more options for hauling bigger loads. Built on the same platform as the Suburban, the 2013 Avalanche full-size truck is endowed with the same strong chassis, ground clearance and available 4-wheel drive (4WD) as its SUV cousin. Chevy has announced that 2013 is the Avalanche's last year.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need the 6-passenger capacity of an SUV, but the stuff you regularly haul behind the seats is frequently dirty or dripping something you'd rather not clean up, the 2013 Chevy Avalanche truck is the vehicle for you. But don't wait: This is the Avalanche's final year of production.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you don't need the midgate feature, you can get the same utility from a full-size crew-cab pickup and probably save some cash in the process. If you don't need the towing ability or size afforded by the Avalanche but still like the pickup-bed/SUV-cab idea, check out the Honda Ridgeline.

What's New for 2013

Going out in style: Commemorating the nameplate's final year of production, the 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche gets Black Diamond badges and special trim, new standard features are included on the LS and LT models and prices are trimmed across the line.

Driving the Avalanche

Driving Impressions Despite its size and obvious pickup-truck roots, the 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche delivers an impressive level of refinement in ride and handling. Over smooth roads, the suspension seems to float along,...

almost like an old Caddy or Lincoln. When the road starts to turn, however, you'll need to pay attention as the bulky Avalanche isn't exactly light on its feet. The standard StabiliTrak stability control is a welcome addition. The 5.3-liter V8 is plenty strong, but because the power is delivered through the 6-speed Hydra-Matic transmission with such smoothness, acceleration can sometimes feel slower than it actually is. The 2013 Chevy Avalanche's steering is on the light side, but not effortless, and the vehicle has an impressively tight turning circle.

ACTIVE FUEL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Chevrolet is not alone in offering cylinder deactivation, but it's a welcome addition to these heavyweight vehicles, which are known for consuming substantial quantities of gasoline. Four of the engine's cylinders are shut down under light-load conditions.

MIDGATE CONFIGURATION
Pickup-truck fans might shun the 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche's short cargo bed (63 inches) and SUV foundation, but the midgate gives it a degree of versatility that's absent from traditional pickups. The only drawback is that dropping the midgate to extend the cargo area also opens the cabin to the elements.

2013 Chevrolet Avalanche Details
Interior

The 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche truck can seat up to six passengers, but we think five is a more realistic number for serious travel. The thickly padded seats offer outstanding comfort and are positioned high up to give everyone a good view out. A massive center console with generous storage compartments separates the front bucket-style seats and is large enough to fit a tablet or large purse. The rear seats have good head and legroom for tall passengers, and the folding rear seatback exposes the midgate panel pass-through. For even more room, the rear glass can also be removed.

Exterior
2013 Chevrolet Avalanche photo

The centerpiece of the Chevy Avalanche's design is its folding midgate bulkhead separating the cabin from the cargo bed. With the midgate open and the second seat folded, the 2013 Chevy Avalanche's usable cargo length grows from 63 inches to 98. The bed itself features a protective liner and storage boxes along the bed walls. A 3-piece interlocking cargo cover is optional. All 2013 Avalanches get Black Diamond badging, recognizing the truck's final year of production. Visually, the Avalanche is a handsome hybrid of the Suburban SUV and Silverado pickup, with distinctive flying-buttress sail panels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

In base LS trim, the 2013 Chevy Avalanche includes remote keyless entry, heated power mirrors, a cloth-upholstered 40/20/40 split-bench front seat with power on both the driver's and passenger's sides, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, head-curtain side-impact airbags and 17-inch aluminum wheels. Rear park assist, power adjustable pedals and fog lights are added to the LS model this year, and a rearview camera is added to LS and LT models. The LTZ model has Autoride suspension (with automatic damping adjustment), a limited-slip differential, 20-inch wheels and leather seating.

Optional Equipment

The Off-Road Package includes 18-inch wheels, the off-road suspension, tubular assist steps, locking rear differential and a skidplate package. Available articulated running boards automatically move downward and outward as the doors are opened. Individual options, depending upon trim level, include a navigation system, DVD back-seat entertainment system with an 8-inch screen, power sunroof, SiriusXM satellite radio with real-time traffic assist for navigation-equipped models and 18-, 20- or 22-inch wheel options.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Chevy Avalanche offers only one engine and transmission choice: a Vortec 5.3-liter V8, matched to a 6-speed 6L80 Hydra-Matic transmission. The engine can operate on gasoline or E85 (a mix of 85-percent gasoline and 15-percent ethanol), although fuel economy is greatly reduced when using E85 while horsepower is increased slightly. Under appropriate light-load conditions, Active Fuel Management Technology lets the engine run on four cylinders to save fuel. The 2-wheel-drive (2WD) trucks use an iron-block version of this engine while the 4WD trucks have an aluminum block to partially offset the added driveline weight.

5.3-liter V8 Flex-Fuel (iron block)
320 horsepower @ 5,400 rpm
335 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 mpg (2WD, gasoline), 11/16 mpg (2WD, E85)


5.3-liter V8 Flex-Fuel (aluminum block)
320 horsepower @ 5,400 rpm
335 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 mpg (4WD, gasoline), 11/16 mpg (4WD, E85)

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2013 Chevrolet Avalanche Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 381 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.6/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

Good Vehicle

By on Monday, June 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "good truck very nice attactive and gets alot of l"

Cons: "Very interested in selling"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"My vehicle has alittle front end work on the bumper. Everything else on the truck is in good condition. I am stationed overseas and I don't need this vehicle any more. I am the second owner of the vehicle."

I love my Avalanche

By on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 81,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Best all around vehicle"

Cons: "Gas mileage, original price"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"After owning a 2009 Avalanche, I can't say enough about how convenient and useful this vehicle has been. Comfort is tops the only negatives are gas mileage is on the average about 16 mpg, truck is expensive to buy new, and the fan button graphic has already worn off, but can be easily fixed. I would recommend the truck to anyone who can afford it. Chevy discontinued the truck in 2014 which I don't understand, but because of that, my truck has gone up in value by $4K. Dealers are contacting me to see If I would be willing sell the Avalanche or trade in for something else. Not me, I keeping this one."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Haven't had it long.

By on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 115,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Cool to drive, handles well"

Cons: "With all the (bells & whistles), more to go wrong!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Some of the (bells & whistles) weren't working but the used car dealer has been good enough to get them fixed. As with any vehicle over 8 yrs. old & 115K miles, it's not perfect but seems that it was well taken care of over all. Would like to know what it sold for new?"

1 person out of 4 found this review helpful

This is one great truck

By on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great truck"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned Chevrolet vehicles for 60 years and the quality of the Avalanche is very good Hard to believe you are driving a truck. A perfect all around truck good 4 wheel drive capabilities good towing and great ride. Very comfortable on long trips. Economy is great our daily average is 18mpg, and we got 22.7 on our trip from Reno to San Antonio When the engine drops to 4 cylinders the mileage gets up to 30mpg at 70"

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

We own 2 Avalanches. Great vehicles

By on Sunday, April 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Best road trip vehicle ever made"

Cons: "They stopped production in 2013"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"If you've ever taken a road trip in an avalanche you know it's the greatest truck ever built. Lay down the seats and the back opens up into a full bed. We hook up the game system and play games sprawled out across the back. When I take the truck camping I just climb into the back, lay a bed down and sleep. No need for a tent when you have this vehicle. We started with a 2003 Avalanche, and we still own it. It has 200k+ miles on it and never had any major mechanical issues. We just picked up the newer 2013 model last week. Keeping both trucks. I've never in my life run into another Avalanche owner that didn't absolutely love it. My grandfather drove our first Avalanche and has now purchased a new Cadillac EXT every year since 2005. Now we're both on the 2013 models and wishing GM never stopped production."

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Gorgeous truck

By on Thursday, January 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 129,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "stylish, charismatic, smooth driving"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This truck has the most charisma of any car or truck I have owned (I have had about 15 cars or trucks). Its a beautiful vehicle to look at and drive. It is in a class of its own."

13 people out of 22 found this review helpful

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