2011 Chevrolet Avalanche Review

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The 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche flexes its midsection to show off a versatile Midgate, but you'll notice its luxe features and nicely trimmed cabin, too.

Some GM pickups are defined by ultimate towing capacity or luxurious cabins, while others are hallmarked by their low prices. The Avalanche is related to all of them, but it's completely different thanks to the standout feature that lets it transform from SUV to full-size pickup--the midgate.

With the midgate, it's a simple few steps to swapping interior room for cargo-bed capacity. Lower the Avalanche's rear window, flip some latches and the rear wall of the cockpit folds down, extending the otherwise short pickup bed to near full-size dimensions--while also removing three seating positions from the equation. It's a big trade-off, for sure, but many truck drivers see it as a better fit for everyday driving than a full-time, long-bed, crew-cab truck.

The Avalanche stands out for its flexibility, but the rest of the package gets nods too, for sweet acceleration and handling with real feedback--something not normally found in big pickup trucks. It's also fairly plush in higher trim levels, with a nicely detailed cabin, wide but cozy seats, and of course, the unique talents of the midgate available at a moment's notice.

It's beginning to show its age in small ways, but the Avalanche remains the only choice for shoppers who want a better balance of utility from their pickup truck.

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August 10, 2015
2008 Chevrolet Avalanche 4WD Crew Cab 130" LT w/3LT

Great Truck for anyone and everyone

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I Have had my share of cars and trucks and the Avalanche is by far my favorite. It has the look and comfort of A Tahoe and Suburban but the durability and features of a great truck. Great for those who want a... + More »
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June 10, 2015
2008 Chevrolet Avalanche 4WD Crew Cab 130" LTZ

2008 Chevrolet Avalanche Z71 ~Best Ride in its Class!!!

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I have had many vehicles, and my Avalanche is the best by far for my needs. It has plenty of room, looks great, rides even better and not too bad to operate daily. I would recommend one to anyone that asks... + More »
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May 20, 2015
2002 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 5-Door Crew Cab 130" WB 4WD

Great awsome car

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One of the best cars i ever drove in. Comfortable, big, great gearbox and more than enough power
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