The Avalanche has the ability to change from a five-to-six-person SUV to a two-to-three person full size truck with an 8-foot cargo area fairly easily with its fold-down midgate. It comes with a standard 320-hp 5.3-liter V8 FlexFuel engine with Active Fuel Management coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission. The Avalanche LS 4x2 produces 335 lb-ft of torque and has a payload capacity of 1,326 lbs. and a towing capacity of 5,100 lbs. Fuel economy is par for the course in the full-size truck segment at 15 mpg City, 21 mpg Highway.
Safety features that come standard on all models include front seat and side curtain airbags; LATCH rear-seat child safety seat anchors, Stabilitrak with Proactive Roll Avoidance and the OnStar crash-notification system.
For the 2012 model year, the Avalanche has been updated with two additional exterior colors, and a new audio system with navigation. Last year, the Avalanche was the top pick in the truck category for Consumer Reports.
Currently, the Chevrolet Avalanche LS 4x2 is selling at 10.4% under MSRP, or $32,959, meaning that buyers are saving almost $4,000 on average. Automakers continue to load trucks with incentives in this highly competitive segment, so if you're shopping for a versatile vehicle, the Avalanche is a solid choice.
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