2013 Chevrolet Avalanche vs. Its Competition

2013 Chevrolet Avalanche
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

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.

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Quick Specs
7.8
The clever, useful Chevy Avalanche takes a final bow largely unchanged; we like the idea, but not enough truck buyers were into its short bed or its fold-down midgate.
8.2
Muscular but lower in fat thanks to turbo V-6 power, the 2013 Ford F-150 shares the truck lead thanks to extreme towing capability and best-in-class tech features.
7.2
Among increasingly bold full-size trucks, the 2013 GMC Sierra is simple in looks and strong in performance—with the Sierra Hybrid remaining a fuel-efficient standout.
7.4
8.2
The 2013 Ram 1500 leads full-size trucks in interior quality, gas mileage, and handling; it adds infotainment to the list this year, but we're mixed on its new air suspension, and towing capacity is down.
MSRP From     
$35,980$63,060$24,070$23,590$29,450$23,100
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 Hwy14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas/Ethanol V8Gas/Ethanol V8Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas/Ethanol 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" Tradesman
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
553353
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Crew Cab PickupCrew Cab PickupRegular Cab PickupReg Cab PickupCrew Cab PickupRegular Cab Pickup
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic