Almost unique in the world of pickup trucks--it'd be a solo act without its fraternal twin, the Cadillac Escalade EXT--the Chevy Avalanche is one of two pickup trucks with a fold-down midgate and the utility of both a sport-ute and a pickup truck.
The Honda Ridgeline has the SUV goods, and the running gear of one too, but its pickup bed is short and its intended use is strictly light-duty.
Once the Avalanche is gone, you'll have to turn to the Honda, or to one of the four-door trucks we've recommended for years for their all-around utility.
Ford's F-150 continues to improve, and its EcoBoost V-6 is a real V-8 alternative; the new Ram 1500's V-6 and eight-speed automatic promise the same, with excellent gas mileage and an even nicer interior bundled into a revised package.
There's also the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, the trucks on which the Avalanche is based, though they're up for replacement in the 2014 model year.
|2013 Chevrolet AvalancheBrowse Used Listings||2013 Cadillac Escalade EXTBrowse Used Listings||2013 Ford F-150Browse Used Listings||2013 GMC Sierra 1500Browse Used Listings||2013 Honda RidgelineBrowse Used Listings||2013 Ram 1500Browse Used Listings|
|15 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy||11 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/Ethanol V8||Gas/Ethanol V8||Gas/Ethanol V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas/Ethanol V8|
|N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||4WD Standard Pickup Truck||N/A|
|2WD Crew Cab LS||AWD 4-Door Base||2WD Reg Cab 126" XL||2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck||4WD Crew Cab RT||2WD Reg Cab 120.5" Tradesman|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Four Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Crew Cab Pickup||Crew Cab Pickup||Regular Cab Pickup||Reg Cab Pickup||Crew Cab Pickup||Regular Cab Pickup|
|Automatic||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic|