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2012 Chevrolet Avalanche vs. Its Competition

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The Avalanche is almost a unique vehicle in the car world--if it weren't for the conceptually similar Cadillac Escalade EXT, it would be alone in offering its nifty midgate.

If you're shopping the Avalanche and can't swing the Caddy, take a look at the Honda Ridgeline, which doesn't let the cockpit and pickup bed mingle, but has some of the storage flexibility of the Chevy.

If that's not an option, the crew-cab versions of the best-selling pickups will do in a pinch--the GMC Sierra, Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 all have something to recommend them, even though none have the midgate.

2012 Chevrolet Avalanche2012 Chevrolet Avalanche2012 Cadillac Escalade EXT AWD 4-door Base Angular Front Exterior View2012 Cadillac Escalade EXT2012 Ford F-150 2WD SuperCab 163" XL Side Exterior View2012 Ford F-1502012 GMC Sierra 1500 2WD Crew Cab 143.5" Denali Angular Front Exterior View2012 GMC Sierra 1500The 2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport. Image: American Honda Motor Co. 2012 Honda Ridgeline2011 Ram 1500 2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie Angular Front Exterior View2012 Ram 1500
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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.
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Efficient and burly, the 2012 Ford F-150 shares the lead in full-size trucks thanks to extreme capability and extreme high-tech features.
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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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The 2012 Honda Ridgeline won't satisfy those who need a real full-size truck, but for those who need hauling on occasion, it offers an interesting alternative.
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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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$36,800Browse Used Listings$63,060Browse Used Listings$23,500Browse Used Listings$22,195Browse Used Listings$29,350Browse Used Listings$22,570Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Gas/Ethanol V8Gas/Ethanol V8Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V8
EPA Class     
N/AN/AN/AN/A4WD Standard Pickup TruckN/A
Style Name     
2WD Crew Cab LSAWD 4-Door Base2WD Reg Cab 126" XL2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck4WD Crew Cab RT2WD Reg Cab 120.5" Express
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door Crew Cab5 Door Crew CabRegular Cab PickupReg Cab 6.5' Wideside4 Door Crew CabRegular Cab Pickup
AutomaticHD Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
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