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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
2WD Crew Cab LT 15 21 $37,381 $40,195
2WD Crew Cab LTZ 15 21 $43,710 $47,000
4WD Crew Cab LS 15 21 $37,060 $39,850
4WD Crew Cab LT 15 21 $40,217 $43,245
4WD Crew Cab LTZ 15 21 $46,783 $50,305
2WD Reg Cab 120.5" Express
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD Reg Cab 120.5" ST 14 20 $21,080 $22,570
2WD Reg Cab 120.5" Tradesman 14 20 $21,080 $22,570
2WD Reg Cab 120.5" Express 14 20 $21,080 $22,570
2WD Reg Cab 120.5" SLT 14 20 $24,791 $26,650
2WD Reg Cab 120.5" Outdoorsman 14 20 $24,791 $26,650
2WD Reg Cab 120.5" R/T 14 20 $29,644 $32,135
2WD Reg Cab 140.5" ST 14 20 $21,345 $22,870
2WD Reg Cab 140.5" Tradesman 14 20 $21,345 $22,870
2WD Reg Cab 140.5" SLT 14 20 $25,056 $26,950
2WD Reg Cab 140.5" Outdoorsman 14 20 $25,056 $26,950
2WD Quad Cab 140.5" ST 14 20 $24,974 $26,695
2WD Quad Cab 140.5" SLT 14 20 $28,785 $30,865
2WD Quad Cab 140.5" Big Horn 14 20 $28,785 $30,865
2WD Quad Cab 140.5" Lone Star 14 20 $28,785 $30,865
2WD Quad Cab 140.5" Outdoorsman 14 20 $28,785 $30,865
2WD Quad Cab 140.5" Sport 14 20 $33,025 $35,630
2WD Quad Cab 140.5" Laramie 14 20 $35,945 $38,910
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" ST 14 20 $28,550 $30,740
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Big Horn 14 20 $30,845 $33,220
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" SLT 14 20 $30,845 $33,220
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Lone Star 14 20 $30,845 $33,220
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Outdoorsman 14 20 $30,845 $33,220
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Sport 14 20 $34,619 $37,485
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie 14 20 $37,173 $40,370
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie Longhorn Edition 14 20 $39,744 $43,275
4WD Reg Cab 120.5" ST 14 19 $24,743 $26,585
4WD Reg Cab 120.5" Tradesman 13 19 $24,743 $26,585
4WD Reg Cab 120.5" Express 13 19 $24,743 $26,585
4WD Reg Cab 120.5" SLT 14 19 $28,060 $30,220
4WD Reg Cab 120.5" Outdoorsman 14 19 $28,060 $30,220
4WD Reg Cab 120.5" Sport 13 19 $32,339 $35,055
4WD Reg Cab 140.5" ST 14 19 $25,008 $26,885
4WD Reg Cab 140.5" Tradesman 13 19 $25,008 $26,885
4WD Reg Cab 140.5" SLT 14 19 $28,325 $30,520
4WD Reg Cab 140.5" Outdoorsman 14 19 $28,325 $30,520
4WD Quad Cab 140.5" ST 14 19 $29,003 $31,105
4WD Quad Cab 140.5" SLT 14 19 $31,756 $34,085
4WD Quad Cab 140.5" Big Horn 13 19 $31,756 $34,085
4WD Quad Cab 140.5" Lone Star 13 19 $31,756 $34,085
4WD Quad Cab 140.5" Outdoorsman 14 19 $31,756 $34,085
4WD Quad Cab 140.5" Sport 13 19 $35,997 $38,850
4WD Quad Cab 140.5" Laramie 13 19 $38,498 $41,660
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" ST 14 19 $31,480 $33,960
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" SLT 14 19 $33,774 $36,440
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Big Horn 13 19 $33,774 $36,440
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Lone Star 13 19 $33,774 $36,440
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Outdoorsman 14 19 $33,774 $36,440
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Sport 13 19 $37,549 $40,705
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie 13 19 $40,036 $43,515
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie Longhorn Edition 13 19 $42,607 $46,420
2WD Quad Cab 140.5" Express 14 20 $24,974 $26,695
4WD Quad Cab 140.5" Express 13 19 $29,003 $31,105
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Express 14 20 $28,550 $30,740
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Express 13 19 $31,480 $33,960
2WD Reg Cab 140.5" Tradesman HD 14 20 $26,686 $28,905
2WD Quad Cab 140.5" Tradesman 14 20 $24,974 $26,695
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Tradesman 14 20 $28,550 $30,740
4WD Quad Cab 140.5" Tradesman 13 19 $29,003 $31,105
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Tradesman 13 19 $31,480 $33,960
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie Limited Edition 14 20 $39,744 $43,275
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie Limited Edition 13 19 $42,607 $46,420
Pricing
Invoice Price
$34,224
$21,080
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$36,800
$22,570
Monthly Payment Estimate
$613 / month
$376 / 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 Ram 1500 is big and burly yet very detail-oriented; and for those who want a good ride and refined interior, it's one of the best bets.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 15 mpg 14 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 21 mpg 20 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) 62.3 -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 65.2 66.0
Passenger Capacity 5 3
Second Head Room (in) 40.0 -
Second Shoulder Room (in) 65.2 -
Front Leg Room (in) 41.3 41.0
Front Hip Room (in) 60.3 62.9
Second Leg Room (in) 39.1 -
Front Head Room (in) 41.1 40.3
Exterior Dimensions
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in) 31.0 34.8
Overhang, Front (in) 38.8 40.0
Frame Width, Rear (in) NA - TBD -
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in) NA 123.7
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in) 221.3 209.0
Ground Clearance, Rear (in) 9.1 9.0
Cab to End of Frame (in) NA - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 76.6 74.6
Ground to Top of Frame (in) NA - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in) 52.9 - TBD -
Wheelbase (in) 130.0 120.5
Ground Clearance, Front (in) 9.1 9.7
Cab to Axle (in) NA 36.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 79.1 79.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³) NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in) 50.0 66.4
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) 22.5 20.1
Cargo Volume (ft³) 45.5 57.5
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in) 50.0 66.4
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) 50.0 51.0
Tailgate Width (in) - TBD - 60.4
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in) 63.3 Min, 98.2 Max 76.3
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.0 x 1.2 13.2 x 1.1
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line) NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.5 x 0.8 13.8 x 0.9
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) NA NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location NA NA
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 31 26.0
Fuel Tank Location Inboard LH Frame Rail Inboard Frame Rails
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 43.0 39.3
Steering Type Pwr Pwr rack & pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock - TBD - 19.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) NA - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center 17.8 Variable
Tires
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare NA - TBD -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs) 2135 - TBD -
Rear Tire Order Code QAN TTJ
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs) 2135 - TBD -
Front Tire Size P265/70R17 P275/60R20
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Size P265/70R17 Full-Size
Front Tire Order Code QAN TTJ
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs) 2135 - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code ZRS TBS
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size P265/70R17 P275/60R20
Trailering
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 765 1365
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 5100 9100
Weight Information
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) 11000 14000
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs) 4100 3900
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) 2862 1968
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) 7000 6200
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) 3500 3900
Curb Weight - Front (lbs) 2978 2739
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 20 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 20 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 16.8 14.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd) NA NA
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 145 160
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 600 730
Maximum Alternator Watts NA - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System SFI Electronic Fuel Injection
Engine Oil Cooler NA NA
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 335 @ 4000 407 @ 4000
Engine Order Code LMG EZH
Displacement 5.3L/325 5.7L/345
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 320 @ 5400 390 @ 5600
Engine Type Gas/Ethanol V8 Gas V8
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 17 16
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 21 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 15 14
Transmission
Transfer Case Model NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.67 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.03 3.00
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA NA
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.53 1.50
Trans Type 6 6
Trans PTO Access NA NA
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.85 0.75
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.06 3.00
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.36 1.67
Trans Order Code MYC DG1
Transfer Case Power Take Off NA NA
Trans Power Take Off NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.15 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic
Summary
Body Style 5 Door Crew Cab Regular Cab Pickup
Vehicle Name Chevrolet Avalanche Ram 1500
Body Code NA 120.5" WB
Suspension
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs) 4100 - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) 46 - TBD -
Axle Type - Rear Semi-Floating Solid
Suspension Type - Front Coil Over Shock Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.42 - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs) 4100 3900
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs) 3500 - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear 3.08 3.55
Axle Type - Front Independent NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) 46 - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs) 3500 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-link coil
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 1.12 - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front NA NA
Frame
Frame Type Body on Ladder type
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 2 -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 11.0 11.6
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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