Four Wheeler magazine named the Ram Power Wagon its 2012 Pickup Truck of the Year, and it's an award that celebrates features we associate with so-called "serious" pickups, like a two-speed transfer case, trail performance and vinyl flooring. But what if you want a Pickup Truck of the Year that's got a little less pickup in it? Consumer Reports holds your answer, as it chose the Chevrolet Avalanche as the 2012 Top Pick Pickup Truck.

Why? Because of, as far as we can tell, its versatility and the ways it feels more like a Chevrolet Suburban than a Power Wagon: interior, fire-and-forget four-wheel drive, decent acceleration and comfy ride. Or, put another way, because even though it's not a Chevrolet Suburban it can do almost everything a Suburban can do as well as hold a kayak. But you can't see out the back, because there's a bed there. Follow the jump for the CR video report.



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      Chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just rolled over 225,000 miles on my 2001 F-150 Supercrew with the 4.6 L. Aside from routine oil changes, 2 sets of plugs, 2 sets of brake pads and 4 sets of tires the truck's never been in the shop. I've owned Chevy trucks, they're just not in the same class as Ford.
        bblongshot
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Chris
        I've got a 1994 chevy silverado 4x4 that has 485000 miles just regular oil changes and tune ups.1 altinater and one hub assembly don'y tell me there not in the same class if anything there better.
          Kellie
          • 2 Years Ago
          @bblongshot
          What most people dont have is the oppurtunity to experence is what I deal with on a daily basis. I am a fleet mechanic for a goverment agency in Florida and our fleet is almost evenly split between Ford and GM but there is one big difference. The GM portion was purchased before 2001 and we still owm all 20 or so of those vehicles with only minor time in the shop here. But on the flip side of the coin in 2002 we started buying mostly fords because of the price difference and have sent nothing but the Fords to the auction in the last three years all because it is more cost effective to get rid of them and buy new than to try to keep fixing the major issues these trucks start to have afier about four years in service. Rear main seals excessive oil burning oil leaks and transmission issues that we just dont have with our ten plus year old GM vehicles that have twice the mileage.
          dodie1990
          • 2 Years Ago
          @bblongshot
          Unlike the newer Chevy's the 94 has the great 350 cu inch engine. Very reliable. They never should have dropped it in 99.
      msspamrefuge
      • 2 Years Ago
      A little surprising considering that the GMT900 Avalanche has been on the market unawarded since '07; vehicles typically start collecting accolaides right out of the gate (or after a major MCE in the case of pickups) or not at all.
      fieldsfamily
      • 2 Years Ago
      I bought my 2002 1500 Chevy Avalanche new in Dec 2001. It has 184,000 miles on it today and runs like a champ, just like new. I've taken care of it with recommended servicing over the years but no major problems ever. Z71 package, and a 4/10 rearend allows me to tow my '07 24 foot SeaRay cabin cruiser or my '99 26 foot travel trailer with NO problem and we've tackled numerous long steep grades over the years. The interior is still in great shape because I don't abuse it. I've long said, when the engine does eventually go, I'll rebuild it rather than get another truck - I love it THAT much! Can't say enough about this truck. It is so versitle in so many ways.
      BOB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey LL, Why don't you get a real job and stop irritating people with your mindless drivel. Nobody cares about your so called auction. It's nothing but a rip off ! Besides, it has nothing to do with the article.
      Richard Goebel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not often I agree with Consumer Reports, but this truck really is pretty clever. Usually, if you see a four-door pickup, it has a short useless bed. With the Avalanch you have acess to an 8 foot box if you need it.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Tom
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, when you start to pick winners or losers, you'd better be ready for the fire and brimstone. As for myself, I chose a 2012 Dodge Laramie Crew Cab 4X4. Not necessarily that it is the best pickup, but for my needs for my business it suits me well. Personally, I have nothing against Ford or Chevrolet (have a 1998 Corvette) but I just liked the Dodge styling and got what I considered what was a fair value for my money. Actually, when it really comes down to it, it's purely a personal thing...
      Aviation Finance
      • 2 Years Ago
      Other than fuel mileage, the Avalanche is an excellent vehicle. It has as much ( or more ) power, strength and capability as ANY other truck in it's class. You have to get a One Ton Dually in order to have a stronger truck. People that have negative thoughts about the Avalanche, have never owned or operated one. I am a mechanic and have custom built vehicles from thje ground up. I operate a variety of heavy and medium duty trucks. There is no better built vehicle out there than the Chevy Avalanche.
      theblackporsche
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dear Autoblog, I implore you to stop reporting on consumer reports from now on. Please! Any informed consumer visiting your site knows they are a joke. By reporting on them, you are just giving them some sort of relevance, and we need to stop doing that. Bad us! As someone who makes their living on statistics, they are insulting to me. Take a stand today and stop reporting on this sham of a magazine.
      Fat Kid
      • 2 Years Ago
      technically, it's a sport utility truck, not a pickup, and it is sucky in gas and capability
      Diz
      • 2 Years Ago
      'CONSUMER REPORTS TOP VEHICLE IS......" .....Anything built by the federal government. Ass-clown reviewers for ass-clown reviewees.
      Fat Kid
      • 2 Years Ago
      GM really needs to kill off Avalanche due to terrible sales numbers
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