2013 Chevrolet Avalanche
Published March 21, 2013
Chevrolet Avalanche was a synonym for a pick-up that had the cabin comfort of a SUV for many years. It was a great vehicle loved by many. But eventually all good things must come to an end sometime. And 2013 is that time for the Avalanche. 2013 will be the final model year for the Avalanche.
Star of the years gone by
This magnificent truck reached the peak of its popularity about 10 years ago, in 2003 when almost 100 000 trucks were sold a year. But since then the demand has declined steadily and GM decided to retire the Avalanche. The Avalanche fans will have to look up to the new Silverado now. And there are a lot of reasons for this truck to have fans. The 2013 Avalanche still looks as handsome as ever with one small detail – a “Black Diamond” badge. The 2013 Chevy Avalanche looks like a luxury German sedan from the inside and it leaves an impression of a high quality vehicle. The dashboard is nicely designed with everything being in the right place – not too crowded, easy to read and simple to use. It even uses the good old turnkey ignition instead of the modern push-a-button solution. The cabin is really spacious no matter if you’re sitting in the front or the back. You will never ever hit your head or bump your knees in this car. The bed is another story. While it’s spacious enough measuring 5 feet 3 inches, it allows you to open the back wall of the cabin and carry longer cargo that way. If you fold the midgate you will increase the cargo hold to 8 feet 2 inches which is enough for the 4-by-8 standard sheet of building material. There are also hard covers that will keep your cargo dry in any weather.
The truck does not only look strong and robust, it is also has a 320 horsepower engine and 335 lb-ft of torque coming out of the 5.3 liter V8 engine. While the numbers do sound impressive, keep in mind that the engine has to propel a 5800 pound vehicle, so it is natural if you don’t get glued to your seat as soon as you step on the gas pedal. Since the V8 can be really thirsty sometimes, the Avalanche comes with an AFM system which shuts down half of the cylinders when you don’t need them. The system reduced the fuel consumption for about 6% or even more, which gives the Avalanche 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. The numbers stay the same no matter if you are driving a 2 wheel or 4 wheel drive version. The 6 speed automatic transmission works smoothly and flawlessly.
The last of its kind
The 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche is certainly an impressive vehicle and it should be, as it is priced around 37,000$. That is slightly lower than the last year model and for that much money you will get an impressive vehicle that is easy to fall in love with. It will be sad to see the Avalanche go, but we are glad it’s going away with style.
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