Used Car: 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche Review
The 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche sets itself apart with a unique bed, but rivals offer higher maximum tow ratings.
Most reviewers agreed that the 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche's standard V8 engine and six-speed automatic transmission deliver plenty of power. The Avalanche gets 15/21 mpg city/highway, according to the EPA, which is in line with other V8-powered full-size pickup truck ratings. Many critics agreed that the Avalanche has a serene ride, and most wrote that it feels composed going through turns. The 2013 Chevy Avalanche can tow up to 8,100 pounds, which is lower than the maximum tow ratings of many full-size trucks.
Automotive critics wrote that the 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche's interior panels are largely built with hard plastic, though they agreed that the cabin is attractive and the materials don’t look cheap. The Avalanche can seat up to six. The front seats drew praise for their spaciousness and support, and most said that the rear seats are plenty spacious. However, several auto journalists commented that rearward visibility is quite limited. The 2013 Avalanche features a panel between the rear of the cab and the bed called a Midgate, which can be lowered when the rear seats are folded down to expand the length of the bed into the cab. A rearview camera, Bluetooth, rear parking sensors, satellite radio and a USB port are standard. Available features include leather seats, heated and cooled front seats, a Bose stereo system, a rear-seat entertainment system, navigation and a power sunroof. Some reviewers mentioned that the navigation and climate controls are placed a bit too low to see with a quick glance.
Other Trucks to Consider
The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew cab offers similar headroom and legroom in both rows, and is available with the same V8 engine, which reviewers said generates ample power. When properly equipped, the Silverado 1500 can tow more than the Avalanche as well.
Reviewers liked the versatility of the 2013 Ram 1500's available lockable RamBox storage compartments in the bed sidewalls. They also added that the Ram 1500 has an exceptionally comfortable ride for a truck and an attractive cabin built with first-rate materials.