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Selected Style 2WD Crew Cab LS
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD Crew Cab LS 15 21 $34,224 $36,800
4WD Crew Cab LS 15 21 $37,060 $39,850
2WD Crew Cab LT 15 21 $37,381 $40,195
4WD Crew Cab LT 15 21 $40,217 $43,245
2WD Crew Cab LTZ 15 21 $43,710 $47,000
4WD Crew Cab LTZ 15 21 $46,783 $50,305
2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck 15 20 $21,307 $22,195
2WD Reg Cab 133.0" Work Truck 15 20 $21,681 $22,585
4WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck 14 18 $24,609 $25,635
4WD Reg Cab 133.0" Work Truck 14 18 $24,897 $25,935
2WD Ext Cab 143.5" Work Truck 15 20 $25,023 $26,340
2WD Reg Cab 119.0" SLE 14 19 $26,007 $27,965
2WD Reg Cab 133.0" SLE 14 19 $26,119 $28,085
2WD Ext Cab 157.5" Work Truck 15 21 $26,961 $28,380
2WD Ext Cab 143.5" SL 14 19 $28,016 $30,125
2WD Crew Cab 143.5" Work Truck 14 19 $28,804 $30,320
4WD Ext Cab 143.5" Work Truck 13 18 $28,899 $30,420
2WD Ext Cab 143.5" SLE 14 19 $28,713 $30,875
4WD Reg Cab 119.0" SLE 13 18 $29,313 $31,520
4WD Ext Cab 157.5" Work Truck 15 21 $29,953 $31,530
4WD Reg Cab 133.0" SLE 13 18 $29,592 $31,820
2WD Ext Cab 157.5" SLE 15 21 $29,690 $31,925
2WD Crew Cab 143.5" SL 14 19 $29,946 $32,200
2WD Crew Cab 143.5" SLE 14 19 $30,820 $33,140
4WD Ext Cab 143.5" SL 13 18 $31,038 $33,375
4WD Crew Cab 143.5" Work Truck 13 18 $31,796 $33,470
4WD Ext Cab 143.5" SLE 13 18 $31,680 $34,065
2WD Crew Cab 143.5" Xtra Fuel Economy 15 22 $32,452 $34,895
4WD Ext Cab 157.5" SLE 15 21 $32,712 $35,175
4WD Crew Cab 143.5" SL 13 18 $32,898 $35,375
4WD Crew Cab 143.5" SLE 13 18 $33,833 $36,380
2WD Ext Cab 143.5" SLT 15 21 $33,996 $36,555
2WD Ext Cab 157.5" SLT 15 21 $34,275 $36,855
4WD Ext Cab 143.5" SLT 15 21 $36,925 $39,705
2WD Crew Cab 143.5" SLT 15 21 $37,004 $39,790
4WD Ext Cab 157.5" SLT 15 21 $37,204 $40,005
4WD Crew Cab 143.5" SLT 15 21 $39,934 $42,940
2WD Crew Cab 143.5" Denali 13 18 $42,277 $45,460
AWD Crew Cab 143.5" Denali 12 18 $45,207 $48,610
Pricing
Invoice Price
$34,224
$21,307
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$36,800
$22,195
Monthly Payment Estimate
$613 / month
$370 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The showpiece of the 2012 Chevy Avalanche is the clever midgate, but it's also easy to drive, and has lots of useful storage hidden inside and out. The 2012 GMC Sierra has one of the greenest pickup trucks in its lineup, but some of its early spec-sheet triumphs have been bested by the latest F-150 and Ram.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 15 mpg 15 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 21 mpg 20 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) 60.3 62.5
Second Leg Room (in) 39.1 -
Front Head Room (in) 41.1 41.5
Second Hip Room (in) 62.3 -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 65.2 65.2
Passenger Capacity 5 3
Second Head Room (in) 40.0 -
Second Shoulder Room (in) 65.2 -
Front Leg Room (in) 41.3 41.3
Exterior Dimensions
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in) 52.9 47.2
Wheelbase (in) 130.0 119.0
Ground Clearance, Front (in) 9.1 7.7
Cab to Axle (in) NA 41.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 79.1 80.0
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in) 31.0 34.7
Overhang, Front (in) 38.8 39.4
Frame Width, Rear (in) NA - TBD -
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in) NA 116.5
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in) 221.3 205.6
Ground Clearance, Rear (in) 9.1 13.4
Cab to End of Frame (in) NA - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 76.6 73.6
Ground to Top of Frame (in) NA - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) 50.0 50.6
Tailgate Width (in) - TBD - 61.5
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in) 63.3 Min, 98.2 Max 78.7
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³) NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in) 50.0 62.4
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) 22.5 21.0
Cargo Volume (ft³) 45.5 60.7
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in) 50.0 61.5
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.5 x 0.8 NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA 11.6 x 2.4
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.0 x 1.2 13.0 x 1.2
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Brake ABS System (Second Line) NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Location Inboard LH Frame Rail Driver Side
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) NA NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location NA NA
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 31 26
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center 17.8 16.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 43.0 39.7
Steering Type Pwr Pwr
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock - TBD - 3
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) NA - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs) 2135 2304
Spare Tire Order Code ZRS NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size P265/70R17 P245/70R17
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare NA - TBD -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs) 2135 2004
Rear Tire Order Code QAN QU1
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs) 2135 2304
Front Tire Size P265/70R17 P245/70R17
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Size P265/70R17 P245/70R17
Front Tire Order Code QAN QU1
Trailering
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 5000 4800
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 5100 4800
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 500 480
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 765 720
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs) - 9100
Weight Information
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) 7000 6400
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) 3500 3200
Curb Weight - Front (lbs) 2978 2676
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) 11000 10000
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs) 4100 3750
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) 2862 1784
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 16.8 12.6
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Watts NA NA
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd) NA NA
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 145 145
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 600 600
Engine
Engine Type Gas/Ethanol V8 Gas V6
Fuel System SFI Electronic Fuel Injection
Engine Oil Cooler NA NA
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 335 @ 4000 260 @ 2800
Engine Order Code LMG LU3
Displacement 5.3L/325 4.3L/262
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 320 @ 5400 195 @ 4600
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 15 15
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 17 17
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 21 20
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.06 2.29
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.36 1.63
Trans Order Code MYC M30
Transfer Case Power Take Off NA NA
Trans Power Take Off NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.15 0.70
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Model NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.67 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.03 3.06
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA NA
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.53 1.00
Trans Type 6 4
Trans PTO Access NA NA
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.85 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Summary
Vehicle Name Chevrolet Avalanche GMC Sierra 1500
Body Code NA E63
Body Style 4 Door Crew Cab Reg Cab 6.5' Wideside
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) 46 1.4
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs) 3500 3200
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link 2-stage multi-leaf
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 1.12 NA
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front NA NA
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs) 4100 3750
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) 46 1.8
Axle Type - Rear Semi-Floating Semi-Floating
Suspension Type - Front Coil Over Shock Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.42 1.4
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs) 4100 3750
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs) 3500 3200
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear 3.08 3.23
Axle Type - Front Independent Independent
Frame
Frame Type Body on Hydroformed
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 11.0 10.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 2 2
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger -
Overall Side Crash Rating -
Side Barrier Rating -
Side Barrier Rating Driver -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat - -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat - -
Rollover Rating
 
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