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MSRP: $35,980 - $47,885
Invoice: $33,461 - $44,533
MPG: 15 City / 21 Hwy
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2013 Chevrolet Avalanche Interior

Reviewers say that the 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche has a spacious and attractive cabin, which is similar to what you’ll find in the first two rows of the Suburban and Tahoe. However, the Avalanche isn’t without its downsides. One reviewer notes that a high step-in height may be challenging for smaller passengers, while another was let down by some of the interior’s hard plastic trim.

  • "For smaller passengers, the Avalanche requires a bit of a climb to get into, but once seated they're rewarded with an attractive interior." -- Edmunds 
  • "Its big, roomy cabin is virtually identical to the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban, from the second-row seat forward." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "Also, there's more hard plastic than we'd like, especially given our LTZ tester's $53,815 price tag. Still, it's not unattractive, and if you're insistent on upgraded materials, you can always pop for the aforementioned Escalade EXT." -- Motor Trend (2012)
  • "Avalanche's cabin is trimmed mostly with hard plastic, but many surfaces are textured, lending an upscale appearance." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

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Seating

The base Avalanche seats five and comes with cloth upholstery, power-adjustable pedals and a pair of front bucket seats. An optional 40/20/40 split-bench seat allows seating for six. The LT trim comes with leather upholstery and heated front seats, while LTZ models get leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats that are heated and cooled. Reviewers generally find the Avalanche’s seats comfortable and supportive, though one test driver says that rearward visibility isn’t the best from the driver’s seat.

  • "Poor visibility is an issue, however, so drivers may be relying heavily on the rearview camera and parking sensors in tight confines." -- Edmunds 
  • "The rear seats have good head and legroom for tall passengers, and the folding rear seatback exposes the midgate panel pass-through." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The bucket seats are supportive and provide generous room; we've not had the opportunity to evaluate an Avalanche with the available bench seat. Available power-adjustable pedals and power-folding exterior running boards are a boon for shorter drivers." -- Consumer Guide (2012) 

Interior Features

The 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche comes standard with an auto-dimming rearview mirror with integrated backup camera, rear parking sensors and a six-speaker stereo with satellite radio, Bluetooth and a USB port. Options and features available on higher trims include a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a Bose stereo, navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control and a sunroof.

Test drivers say that the Avalanche offers clear, legible gauges and straightforward controls, though one critic writes that some buttons could be a bit larger. While one reviewer says that the navigation and stereo systems are straightforward and easy to use, another critic writes that the navigation screen isn’t easy to glance at, since it’s mounted low in the Avalanche’s dash.

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  • "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 (2012) 
  • "Interior ergonomics are about par for the class, the only major complaint being that the navigation and information-control unit touch screen is mounted too low for easy visibility." -- Motor Trend (2012)

Cargo

The 2013 Avalanche has a 5-foot-3-inch bed and a standard composite three-piece tonneau cover. A midgate between the cab and the truck’s bed can fold down to expand cargo space from the tailgate into the truck’s cabin. Reviewers love the versatility that the Avalanche offers when it’s time to haul cargo, noting that the locking tailgate and tonneau keep items in the bed out of sight. One test driver also notes that the Avalanche’s cabin offers ample storage space for small items.

  • "Of course, the Avalanche truly distinguishes itself from pickups or full-size SUVs with its cargo-hauling capacity. Folding the rear seats and midgate 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." -- Edmunds 
  • "A massive center console with generous storage compartments separates the front bucket-style seats and is large enough to fit a tablet or large purse." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Avalanche's versatile cargo bed has locking storage compartments on its outside, plus washable plastic walls and a rubber floormat. The hard tonneau and locking tailgate make it essentially a deep, 40-cubic-foot trunk." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
Review Last Updated: 5/12/14

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