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2009 Chevrolet Avalanche Review

If you’re looking for a five- or six-seat vehicle that can also double as a pickup, the 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche is worth a look.

Pros & Cons

  • Quiet, high-quality interior
  • Innovative Midgate
  • Lackluster base engine




Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2009 Chevrolet Avalanche Overview

When it was new, reviewers said the 2009 Avalanche is a comfortable cruiser with well-controlled body motions through turns. Most reviewers said the Avalanche’s base 5.3-liter V8 engine provides adequate power, but most preferred the added power of the available 6.0-liter V8, especially for carrying a full load of passengers or cargo. Two- or four-wheel drive were both available when the Avalanche was new, and a Z71 off-road package was offered as well. A two-wheel drive Avalanche achieves 14/20 mpg city/highway, which is about average for the class. Maximum towing capacity is 8,100 pounds.

While not as lavish as the similar 2009 Cadillac Escalade EXT, reviewers said the Avalanche’s cabin is quiet and constructed with high-quality materials. They said that both the front and back seats provide ample space and comfort. Models with the front split bench seat up to six people, while those with front bucket seats seat five. With the Midgate partition between the cab and bed lowered, seating capacity is reduced to only the front row, but this lengthens the cargo bed from about 5 feet to about 8 feet long. The Avalanche comes standard with a power-adjustable driver seat, Bluetooth, satellite radio and an auxiliary input jack. Features that were optional or available on higher trims include dual-zone climate control, a Bose stereo upgrade, navigation, leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, a backup camera, a power sunroof and a rear-seat entertainment system.

The 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche has a good safety score.

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Other Trucks to Consider

With strong safety scores and a high-quality interior, the 2009 Ford F-150 is worth consideration. While it doesn’t have the Avalanche’s unique Midgate, the F-150 is capable of towing heavier loads, and was generally acknowledged to be a better choice as a work truck.

The 2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 was well-liked by reviewers for its high-quality interior and powerful engines. Like the F-150, the Silverado 1500 is a conventional pickup, so it doesn’t offer the Avalanche’s blend of SUV and pickup, but it can tow more.

Compare the Avalanche to the F-150 and Silverado 1500 »

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