2011 Chevy Avalanche Review

A more street-friendly alternative to the crewcab Silverado, the Chevrolet Avalanche rides on the same GMT900 platform that underpins General Motors‘ other full-size trucks and SUVs.

The Avalanche also shares much of its front end styling with the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe.

Originally introduced in 2001 as a 2002 model, the Avalanche created a segment all its own by combining the versatility of a pickup truck with the everyday usability of an SUV, and continues that tradition with the current model.

Power for the Avalanche is supplied by a pair of Vortec V8 engines: a 5.3L and a 6.0L.

Base two-wheel drive models are powered by a 320 horsepower and 340 lb-ft of torque version of the 5.3L V8 with Active Fuel Management — a technology that deactivates four cylinders at cruising speed to increase fuel economy.

Standard on four-wheel drive models — and optional on two-wheel models — is an E85 FlexFuel version of the 5.3L V8, rated at 310 horsepower and 335 lb-ft of torque.

A 6.0L Vortec V8 with Active Fuel Management — rated at 366 horsepower and 380 lb-ft — is available on four-wheel drive LT3 and LTZ models.

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The Most Flexibe Vehicle Out There

2010 Avalanche Fact Sheet. Click here to download pdf

Your life changes every day. Here’s one vehicle that can do the same. The GM-exclusive Midgate helps deliver unrivaled versatility by turning Avalanche from an SUV to a full-size pickup. The flexibility continues with your choice of Vortec V8 engines with Active Fuel Management technology, which helps Avalanche 2WD with a 5.3L V8 offer an EPA estimated 20 MPG highway when running on gasoline.

What is so special about it?


Possibly the most versatile vehicle design to date, the Avalanche is based on Chevy’s full-size truck platform, yet it performs everything from six-passenger seating to enclosed 4×8 load hauling (with several configurations in-between). Called the Convert-a-Cab system, it features a combination folding midgate and removable rear window, along with folding rear seats and a three-piece cargo cover. When optimized for people moving, the Avalanche offers a roomy, rugged interior with premium, durable materials designed for active lifestyles.

Chevrolet worked with The North Face, a company that specializes in outerwear and sporting equipment, when it designed the interior. Specific features include integrated water bottle holders and dedicated connectors for North Face Summit packs. The active theme continues outside with lower body cladding, bed rails, a bed liner and a folding cargo cover made from a scratch-resistance composite material.

The Avalanche can be reconfigured by a single person, without any tools, in a matter of seconds. Transforming it from people to cargo mode increases bed length from 5’3″ to 8’1″. Removable items like the rear window and cargo cover may be stowed in on-board compartments, further increasing the vehicle’s spontaneous and active philosophy. Power, supplied by Chevy’s ┬áVortec 5300 V8 engine, travels through a four-speed automatic to all four wheels.