Compare 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche vs 2012 Ram 1500

2012 Chevrolet Avalanche
2012 Ram 1500
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2WD Crew Cab LS
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
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2WD Reg Cab 120.5" Express
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD Reg Cab 120.5" Express 14 20 $21,080 $22,570
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 140.5" ST 14 20 $21,345 $22,870
2WD Reg Cab 140.5" Tradesman 14 20 $21,345 $22,870
4WD Reg Cab 120.5" Express 13 19 $24,743 $26,585
4WD Reg Cab 120.5" ST 14 19 $24,743 $26,585
4WD Reg Cab 120.5" Tradesman 13 19 $24,743 $26,585
2WD Reg Cab 120.5" Outdoorsman 14 20 $24,791 $26,650
2WD Reg Cab 120.5" SLT 14 20 $24,791 $26,650
2WD Quad Cab 140.5" Express 14 20 $24,974 $26,695
2WD Quad Cab 140.5" ST 14 20 $24,974 $26,695
2WD Quad Cab 140.5" Tradesman 14 20 $24,974 $26,695
4WD Reg Cab 140.5" ST 14 19 $25,008 $26,885
4WD Reg Cab 140.5" Tradesman 13 19 $25,008 $26,885
2WD Reg Cab 140.5" Outdoorsman 14 20 $25,056 $26,950
2WD Reg Cab 140.5" SLT 14 20 $25,056 $26,950
2WD Reg Cab 140.5" Tradesman HD 14 20 $26,686 $28,905
4WD Reg Cab 120.5" Outdoorsman 14 19 $28,060 $30,220
4WD Reg Cab 120.5" SLT 14 19 $28,060 $30,220
4WD Reg Cab 140.5" Outdoorsman 14 19 $28,325 $30,520
4WD Reg Cab 140.5" SLT 14 19 $28,325 $30,520
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Express 14 20 $28,550 $30,740
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" ST 14 20 $28,550 $30,740
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Tradesman 14 20 $28,550 $30,740
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" SLT 14 20 $28,785 $30,865
4WD Quad Cab 140.5" Express 13 19 $29,003 $31,105
4WD Quad Cab 140.5" ST 14 19 $29,003 $31,105
4WD Quad Cab 140.5" Tradesman 13 19 $29,003 $31,105
2WD Reg Cab 120.5" R/T 14 20 $29,644 $32,135
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Big Horn 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" SLT 14 20 $30,845 $33,220
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Express 13 19 $31,480 $33,960
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" ST 14 19 $31,480 $33,960
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Tradesman 13 19 $31,480 $33,960
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" SLT 14 19 $31,756 $34,085
4WD Reg Cab 120.5" Sport 13 19 $32,339 $35,055
2WD Quad Cab 140.5" Sport 14 20 $33,025 $35,630
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" SLT 14 19 $33,774 $36,440
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Sport 14 20 $34,619 $37,485
4WD Quad Cab 140.5" Sport 13 19 $35,997 $38,850
2WD Quad Cab 140.5" Laramie 14 20 $35,945 $38,910
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie 14 20 $37,173 $40,370
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Sport 13 19 $37,549 $40,705
4WD Quad Cab 140.5" Laramie 13 19 $38,498 $41,660
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie Limited Edition 14 20 $39,744 $43,275
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie Longhorn Edition 14 20 $39,744 $43,275
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie 13 19 $40,036 $43,515
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie Limited Edition 13 19 $42,607 $46,420
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie Longhorn 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
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.0
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
City
15 mpg 14 mpg
Highway
21 mpg 20 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
39.1 -
Front Head Room (in)
41.1 40.3
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
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
Tailgate Width (in)
- TBD - 60.4
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in)
63.3 Min, 98.2 Max 76.3
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
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
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
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 - Front
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P265/70R17 P275/60R20
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
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
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
2978 2739
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
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
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 14
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
17 16
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
21 20
Transmission
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
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
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 0.75
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
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
Summary
Body Code
NA 120.5" WB
Body Style
4 Door Crew Cab Regular Cab Pickup
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Avalanche Ram 1500
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
1.12 - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
NA NA
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
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
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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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