Production of the Chevrolet Avalanche comes to an end after the 2013 model year, marking a 13-year, 2-generation run for this truck-cum-SUV. The Chevy Avalanche is a full-sized model that has seen its sales dwindle in recent years, but as it goes out of production, Chevrolet has introduced a special Black Diamond edition that just may end the model run with a bang. As always, Avalanche is sold in 4×2 and 4×4 configurations, a can-do vehicle that can seat up to six passengers, haul your stuff or do both.
Chevrolet describes Avalanche as the most flexibility utility vehicle on the market. You really can’t argue with that assessment as its unique midgate truck bed arrangement makes it possible to adjust the cabin area or the truck bed to suit your needs. With the midgate in place, Avalanche can carry up to six adults. With the midgate moved out of the way, you get seating for three and an 8 foot, 2-inch bed, the same size as found in the Chevrolet Silverado.
Truly, Avalanche is a blend of two popular vehicles: the Chevy Tahoe SUV and the Chevy Silverado pickup truck. That blend will be commemorated this year with a special Black Diamond edition that features body-colored bed surrounds, unique badging, expanded features for LS and LT editions, and across the board lower prices for the 2013 model year.
Utility and Power
Sold in LS, LT and LTZ editions, Avalanche maintains its body on frame construction and competes with super or extended cabs such as the Ford Super Crew and the Ram Quad Cab. This is a half-ton rated truck with a payload capacity ranging from 1,295 to 1,397 pounds. Towing capacity is 8,100 pounds with the 4×2 model and 8,000 pounds with the 4×4 version, top-of-the-class capabilities for this workhorse beast.
Under the hood, the lone engine is the very capable 5.3-liter V-8 engine that is used in a number of GM trucks, a 320-horsepower engine that employs cylinder deactivation and makes use of sequential fuel injection. Paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission, Avalanche is rated at 14 mpg city, 20 mpg highway. You can fill this truck with regular grade gasoline or opt for E85 fuel, as this truck is flex fuel capable.
Like all GM trucks, Avalanche complements its utility and durability with a refined and very roomy interior. The Black Diamond Avalanche comes well equipped and includes dual-zone climate control, a rear vision camera, SiriusXM satellite radio and an audio system with MP3 playback. Also standard is Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel audio system controls, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, OnStar, power windows and door locks, power-adjustable pedals, two power outlets and illuminated visors.
Step up to the LT or LTZ and your cabin possibilities can be expanded to include a power sunroof, a rear seat DVD entertainment system, an upgraded climate control system with localized controls, an upgraded Bose entertainment system, NavTraffic and navigation.
Every Avalanche comes equipped with cruise control, a floor storage area, ample upholders, a rear defogger and six airbags. Also available are power adjusted and heated side mirrors, a heavy trailering package, chrome embellishments, a cargo cover, daytime running lamps, fog lights, a pickup box mat, recovery hooks, a storage box and color-keyed molding.
Wheels and Safety
All-season 17-inch blackwall tires are standard and include steel wheels. Numerous customization options can bring in all-terrain tires, larger wheels including aluminum and chrome, up to 22-inches. Avalanche allows you to get your bling on and with your choice of four celebratory colors — black, white diamond tricot, silver ice metallic or blue topaz metallic, you’ll own a truck that gives this model a fitting send off.
All models are outfitted with stability control, rear park assist, seatbelt pretensioners, a tire pressure monitoring system and keyless entry. OnStar emergency services include automatic crash response and stolen vehicle assistance in addition to turn by turn navigation, directions and connections, and vehicle diagnostics.
The 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche sells from $36,975. Choose every conceivable bell and whistle, and this truck approaches $50,000.
GM Media: 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche Rolls Into Its Final Year With Black Diamond Edition
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