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in 2012 Full Size Pickup Trucks

Avg. Price Paid: $27,303 - $38,513
Original MSRP: $36,800 - $50,305
MPG: 15 City / 21 Hwy
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2012 Chevrolet Avalanche Interior

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Reviewers feel that the 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche’s interior is nice for its price. Fit and finish are good, with attractive materials, and the rear seat is comfortable and roomy enough for three adults. Even the base model of the Avalanche comes with more standard features than the base models of other pickup trucks and SUTs, and reviewers think that the Avalanche’s gauges and electronics are intuitive and easy to use. The innovative folding midgate adds even more cargo room, extending the bed space into the rear section of the cabin.

  • "Getting into the 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche requires a bit of a climb, but once you're there you'll be rewarded with a good-looking interior trimmed with quality materials.” -- Edmunds
  • "Avalanche's cabin is trimmed mostly with hard plastic, but many surfaces are textured, lending an upscale appearance.” -- Consumer Guide

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Seating

With its standard front bench seat, the 2012 Chevy Avalanche can seat up to six. Though the front-seat middle passenger won’t be comfortable, the rest of the passengers will have plenty of space, reviewers say. Auto writers agree that the base bench seats are supportive, and that the rear seat has space for three adults to fit comfortably. Opting for front bucket seats decreases seating capacity to five, but reviewers say the bucket seats are spacious and comfy.

  • "The 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche truck can seat up to six passengers, but we think five is a more comfortable number. The thickly padded seats offer outstanding comfort and are positioned high up to give everyone onboard a good view looking out.” -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The cabin also offers comfortable seating for up to six passengers with the 40/20/40-split front seat available on the LS. The standard front bucket seats are supportive and separated by a center console with a large covered storage box, air vents and audio controls for rear seat passengers.” -- Edmunds
  • "Three can fit across (the back seat) with some squeezing. The center position has limited foot space but a nearly flat floor. Under-seat foot space is also tight under the driver's seat. The seat is comfortable and has a fold-down center armrest with cupholders. Ingress and egress are a stretch due to the high floor.” -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

Reviewers are happy with the number of features that come standard even on the base model of the 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche. Buyers will get a stereo with a CD player and auxiliary input jack, Bluetooth, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear-seat audio controls and cruise control. Opting for the premium LTZ trim adds standard navigation and adjustable pedals.

Reviewers find that the interior controls are easy to use and well laid out. They are especially pleased with the intuitive navigation system.

  • "Gauges are easy to read at a glance.” -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "As you'd expect from a vehicle with working-class roots, designers also paid careful attention to function with well-placed gauges and easy-to-use controls (though most buttons are a little too small).” -- Edmunds
  • "Gauges are large and easy to read. The climate controls are mounted slightly low but are no trouble to reach. The optional navigation system absorbs, but doesn't complicate, audio functions.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "Overall, the interior is spacious, with generous storage in the center console.” -- Cars.com

Cargo

Reviewers love the amount of cargo space in the Avalanche and the number of clever storage features inside the cabin. The truck’s midgate wall behind the back seat can fold down in order to create a cargo area that stretches from the tailgate through the cab of the truck. With the midgate closed and the rear seats folded, the Avalanche offers 54.3 cubic feet of interior cargo space. Plus, under the Avalanche’s lockable tonneau cover, there’s about 47 cubic feet of enclosed cargo space. The Avalanche also features a 60/40-split folding rear bench seat. Reviewers say that the Avalanche offers plenty of interior cargo storage compartments for small items.

  • "A massive center console with covered storage compartments separates the front bucket-style seats and is large enough to fit a tablet or large purse.” -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Removing the three-piece hard tonneau requires several leaps into a high-floor bed, a job best left to the nimble. Lowering the midgate is also a several-step process. The bed hosts handy fold-out tie-down hooks. … Interior storage is ample.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "Folding the rear seats forward while leaving the rear window and hard tonneau cover in place creates a huge cargo area, which is secure thanks to the lockable cover and tailgate. Taking advantage of the Avalanche's full pickup-like carrying capacity does require removing and stowing both the rear window and bed cover, however.” -- Edmunds

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