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Original MSRP: $35,460 - $46,700
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2009 Chevrolet Avalanche Review

This review was written when the 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche was new.

The 2009 Avalanche as an exceptionally functional hauler/tower and a surprisingly smooth highway cruiser. The Avalanche combines the interior of an SUV with a pickup truck bed's utility.


Stuck somewhere between an SUV and a truck, the Avalanche is a good choice for people who do moderate hauling or towing, but still want a comfortable interior with plenty of seating. The Avalanche has a folding rear midgate and removable rear window, which extends the truck bed into the back seat area. Because the Avalanche is so multi-functional, most reviewers are positive about it. Despite largely good reviews, the Avalanche has limited maneuverability and low fuel economy (even for a large SUT), as well as a high price tag.  If you still need to do moderate hauling but want a more car-like interior, check out the 2009 Honda Ridgeline.


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  • "The Avalanche blends a regular Chevy pickup and a Tahoe SUV into a versatile, funky sport-utility truck. It's fine to drive and boasts GM's innovative Midgate feature, which increases versatility by adding pass-through capability between the cargo box and the cabin." -- Car and Driver
  • "The truck has the right combination of attributes -- power, space, towing capacity, and off-road ability -- for people who sometimes want room for six people, but also have towing and cargo-carrying needs." -- Truck Trend
  • "Shopping for a pickup truck primarily for passenger use? Check out the Avalanche. It offers a special blend of useful passenger accommodations, expandable cargo room, big-truck muscle, and friendly road manners." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Thanks to its practical convertible midgate configuration, the 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche remains one of the most desirable crew-cab pickups for carrying a combination of passengers and cargo." -- Edmunds
  • "Perhaps the ultimate vehicular multitool, the Avalanche features a midgate that expands the cargo area into the passenger cab." -- PickupTrucks.com


Review Last Updated: 7/17/09

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