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2012 Chevrolet Avalanche

2012 Ram 1500

  2012 Chevrolet Avalanche 2011 Ram 1500 2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie Angular Front Exterior View
Invoice $34,224 $21,080
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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. Read Full Review 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. Read Full Review
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  • Good drivetrain performance
  • Midgate's a clever solution
  • Five- or six-passenger versions
  • All kinds of storage, even in the fenders


  • One size powertrain had better fit all
  • Midgate has a niche appeal
  • Rear seatback too upright
  • Quite the appetite for fuel


  • Best-looking of the big trucks
  • Powerful, relatively efficient HEMI V-8
  • Ride and roadholding
  • Innovative storage systems
  • Serious hauling capability


  • Coarse, weak base V-6
  • Blemished safety scores
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