2012 Chevrolet Avalanche vs. Its Competition

2012 Chevrolet Avalanche
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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 Avalanche
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2012 Ford F-150 2WD SuperCab 163" XL Side Exterior View2012 Ford F-150
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2012 GMC Sierra 1500 2WD Crew Cab 143.5" Denali Angular Front Exterior View2012 GMC Sierra 1500
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The 2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport. Image: American Honda Motor Co. 2012 Honda Ridgeline
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2011 Ram 1500 2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie Angular Front Exterior View2012 Ram 1500
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Quick Specs
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.
Efficient and burly, the 2012 Ford F-150 shares the lead in full-size trucks thanks to extreme capability and extreme high-tech features.
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.
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.
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.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 21 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 V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V8
EPA Class    
N/AN/AN/A4WD Standard Pickup TruckN/A
Style Name    
2WD Crew Cab LS2WD Reg Cab 126" XL2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck4WD Crew Cab RT2WD Reg Cab 120.5" Tradesman
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door Crew CabRegular Cab PickupReg Cab 6.5' Wideside4 Door Crew CabRegular Cab Pickup
Detailed Spec Comparison
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