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2012 Chevrolet Avalanche Review

While it isn’t available in multiple bed and cab configurations, test drivers said the 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche has a comfortable ride and composed handling.

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable ride
  • Spacious cabin
  • Poor rearward visibility




Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 7.4
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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2012 Chevrolet Avalanche Overview

The 2012 Avalanche has a standard V8 engine and six-speed automatic transmission, and when it was new, test drivers agreed that there is sufficient power in most driving situations. The Chevy Avalanche earns an EPA-estimated 15/21 mpg city/highway, which is similar to what other full-size trucks get. Reviewers were impressed with the 2012 Avalanche's comfortable ride and composed handling. They added that it offers good steering feel, though others noted that blind spots can make the Avalanche challenging to maneuver in close quarters.

Test drivers said the 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche has an attractive cabin built with a mix of upscale materials and hard plastics. They noted that the front seats are comfortable and supportive and that the rear seats are spacious. Rather than a traditional truck bed, the Avalanche has a shorter bed that can be expanded by folding the rear seats and lowering the midgate at the back of the cabin, which expands usable bed space to about 8 feet. The Avalanche comes standard with satellite radio, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth and a USB port. Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a Bose stereo system, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, navigation and a rear-seat entertainment system.

Other Trucks to Consider

The 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 doesn't have the Avalanche's folding midgate, but it is available with a longer bed, and reviewers reported that crew cab models offer a spacious rear seat. Test drivers said the Silverado has a balanced ride and composed handling, and they liked the power from its available 5.3-liter V8 engine.

Test drivers agreed that the 2012 Ram 1500 has one of the most comfortable rides in the class, as well as a luxurious interior. The Ram is also available with unique features like lockable RamBox storage compartments, which are built into the side of the bed.

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