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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 390 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
    9.6/10

Chevy - Bring this truck back in the Line-Up

By on Tuesday, January 05, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Functionality, functionality, functionality......."

Cons: "Excessive wind noise with windows open"

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

"2nd Avalanche I have owned, 2005 then 2013 Black Diamond LTZ. Chevy has made a huge mistake by not carrying on this Truck. It is the most functional truck I have ever owned and the most useful that Chevy has ever produced. BRING IT BACK -- CHEVY!!! I for one would be purchasing another new one in about 2 yrs."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

very nice vehicle

By on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "comfortable"

Cons: "low oil pressure! GM 5.3 oil usage problems"

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

"second Avalnche I have owned. first one was a 2007 big improvement over the 07, better power and comfort all around."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Love Love My Avalanche

By on Thursday, October 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 84,056

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: "everything - too many to count"

Cons: "none"

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

"2013 LTZ - this is my 5th Avalanche. They were all traded because of high mileage. I never had any problems with any of them. I'm keeping this one forever. The inside has plenty of room and comfortable. If I need the bed or extension, it takes about 2 minutes to fold down the seats and open it up. I've hauled everything you can imagine - at the drop of a hat. Chevy must have lost their mind to discontinue. It rides like a dream and the gas mileage is acceptable for the size. I've gotten as much as 24 mpg on the highway. Normal 1/2 and 1/2 is 19.0 to 20.5. It meets all my needs. Great vehicle."

7 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Favorite vehicle ever owned. Great all a round P/U

By on Monday, October 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000

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

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

"Favorite vehicle ever owned. Great all a round P/U and family vehicle. I'm retired now and the kids are gone. Too much vehicle for my needs. Has been babied and well maintained. I love it; would love to keep it."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Best all around vehicle ever!

By on Wednesday, October 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "love all the many features of this vehicle"

Cons: "there are no cons"

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

"I traded my new 2010 Camaro for this new 2010 Avalanche. I feel I have the best of both worlds. A wonderful handling car and a great truck. I don't take it out much but when I do, I enjoy every ride. I love my silver Avalanche."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Generally excellent vehicle with warranty repairs

By on Friday, September 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 88,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"This was my second Avalanche, both of which I have liked. The 2008 Avalanche had an Engineering problem Chevy never told anyone unless you complained, i.e. burning excessive oil and lifter noise. Apparently the oil was not distributed in the engine right. Chevy has a fix by diverting the oil. Once installed, this fixed the problem. The vehicle is someone sluggish on hills with air conditioning on. Otherwise a great vehicle."

11 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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