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2011 Chevrolet Avalanche Review

The 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche does a great job of giving pickup versatility to a comfortable five-seat vehicle, but other trucks offer better performance and greater towing and hauling capability.

Pros & Cons

  • Innovative Midgate
  • Questionable handling and ride comfort




Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2011 Chevrolet Avalanche Overview

Reviewers gave the 2011 Avalanche mixed reviews in terms of performance. Some called its handling ponderous and said its ride is rough, while others said it handles better than other trucks and has a comfortable ride. Still, most agreed that the standard V8, the lone engine choice in the Avalanche, has ample power for accelerating onto freeways and driving around town. With either rear- or four-wheel drive, the Avalanche achieves 15/21 mpg city/highway, which is about average for the class. The Avalanche can tow up to 8,100 pounds, which is less than what many properly-equipped full-size pickups can tow.

Reviewers said the Avalanche’s cabin has an upscale appearance, despite the use of some hard plastics. The Avalanche seats five, (six with available front bench seat) and reviewers said that both the front and back seats provide ample space and comfort. The Avalanche has GM’s Midgate, which folds down at the back of the cab to expand the length of the cargo bed into the Avalanche’s interior. The Avalanche came equipped with standard features like a power driver's seat, dual-zone air conditioning and a six-speaker stereo with satellite radio, auxiliary and USB ports and Bluetooth. Available features include a Bose stereo, navigation, leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, power-adjustable pedals, a backup camera, a power sunroof and a rear-seat entertainment system.

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Other Trucks to Consider

Reviewers said the 2011 Ford F-150 has a high-quality interior that can be outfitted quite luxuriously. The F-150 also received new powertrains for 2011, which help it achieve one of the highest tow ratings in the class.  

The 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 was well-liked by reviewers for its high-quality, straightforward cabin and powerful engine options. The Sierra 1500 can tow and haul more than the Avalanche.

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

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