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7.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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2013 Chevrolet Avalanche Review

The 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche is among the lowest-ranked pickup trucks due to its below-average reliability, limited rearward visibility, and class-trailing tow rating.  

Pros & Cons

  • Supple ride
  • Ample power

 

  • Navigation controls mounted too low
  • Limited rearward visibility 

 

2013 Chevrolet Avalanche Overview

Is the 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche a Good Used Truck?

You should take a look at other full-size pickup trucks before you decide to buy a used 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche. Despite its solid performance, distinctive bed, and comfortable interior, the Avalanche’s low reliability rating for the class, poor rearward visibility, and low tow rating make it less than ideal for most pickup truck shoppers.  

Used 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche Performance and Interior

The 2013 Chevy Avalanche has a 320-horsepower V8 engine that delivers plenty of power and speedy acceleration. Rear-wheel drive and a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission are standard; all-wheel drive is available. According to the EPA, the Avalanche gets up to 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway, which is on par with other pickup trucks’ estimates. The 2013 Avalanche manages corners with poise and has a refined ride on most surfaces. Still, at a maximum 8,100 pounds, its tow rating is on the low end for the class. Its payload tops out at nearly 1,400 pounds, which is also low for the class.

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The six-seat 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche’s interior is made up of mostly plastics, but they’re still attractive and of good quality. The front and rear seats are spacious and comfortable. Still, it can be difficult to see out the back window from the front seats. Most dashboard controls are user-friendly. However, the available navigation system’s low-mounted touch screen can be difficult to see.

The Avalanche has a 5-foot-3-inch bed. Its composite three-piece tonneau cover and locking tailgate make it easy to keep cargo out of view. Additionally, the Avalanche’s midgate – which sits between the cab and truck bed – can fold to expand cargo space into the cabin.

Standard equipment includes satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Some used models and upper trims may include a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a Bose stereo, navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a sunroof.

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Used 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche Prices

The average price for a 2013 Avalanche ranges from about $22,400 for the base two-wheel-drive Crew Cab LS model up to about $29,600 for the four-wheel-drive LTZ model. However, your price may vary depending on the truck’s location, condition, mileage, and features.

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We base our used car rankings and reviews on an analysis of hard data – including crash test scores, reliability ratings, and total cost of ownership estimates – as well as the opinions of the automotive press. We researched and analyzed 64 Chevrolet Avalanche reviews for this 2013 Avalanche overview.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche?

The 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche has a reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power, which is below average for the class.

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How Safe Is the Avalanche?

The Avalanche received three out of five stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rollover test. That was the only crash test conducted. Chevy offers a rearview camera and rear parking sensors as standard features in the Avalanche.

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Is the 2013 Avalanche the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Avalanche is the final model of the truck’s second generation, which began with the 2007 model. The 2013 model year is a great one to consider. It is the first model to come standard with a rearview camera, rear park assist, power-adjustable pedals, and remote start. 

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Which Used Chevrolet Avalanche Is Right for Me?

There are three trim levels available: LS, LT, and LTZ. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and each trim level is available with a four-wheel-drive model. The well-equipped base Chevy Avalanche LS should satisfy most buyers with its standard rearview camera, rear parking sensors, six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, Bluetooth, USB port, and heated power-adjustable outside mirrors. The Avalanche LT adds leather-appointed, heated, six-way power-adjustable front seats; dual-zone automatic climate control; a seven-speaker Bose stereo; an automatic locking rear differential; and an available off-road suspension package. The Avalanche LTZ comes with perforated, leather-appointed, heated and cooled front seats with 12-way adjustability; navigation; an eight-speaker Bose stereo; a heated steering wheel; and outside power-folding, heated mirrors with ground illumination. 

Chevrolet also offers certified pre-owned vehicles. For all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Chevrolet Avalanche and Other Trucks to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche or 2013 Ram 1500?

The highly ranked 2013 Ram 1500 is superior to the Avalanche. It comes with a powerful and fuel-efficient V6 engine and is available with a potent V8. The Ram also has an upscale interior, a smooth ride, and an available extended bed for extra rear-seat space. It can tow over 1 ton more than the Avalanche.  

Which Is Better: 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche or 2013 Toyota Tundra?

The 2013 Toyota Tundra is the better pickup; it was named our 2013 Best Full Size Truck for the Money. It’s the only truck in the class to earn a perfect reliability rating, and it has one of the segment’s highest safety scores. The Tundra comes with a powerful V6 engine and is available with two stronger V8s. It also has a higher towing capacity and an available Double Cab (extended) model with more seating space than most other pickup trucks.

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