Chevrolet Avalanche Performance
Most test drivers say that the 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche offers a powerful engine, capable handling and a comfortable ride.
- "Built on the same platform as the Suburban, the 2013 Avalanche full-size truck is endowed with the same strong chassis, ground clearance and available 4-wheel drive (4WD) as its SUV cousin." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "There's noticeable highway-speed wind rush and tire rumble, though bump noise is well-suppressed. Engine noise intrudes only in rapid acceleration." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
- "The pervasive heft that gives the Avalanche its sense of refinement and isolation also discourages overly spirited driving." -- Motor Trend (2012)
Acceleration and Power
The 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche comes with a 320-horsepower V8 engine, which is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive is optional on all trims. The EPA reports that the 2013 Avalanche gets 15/21 mpg city/highway, which is better than trucks like the Nissan Titan. When properly equipped, the Avalanche can tow up to 8,100 pounds, which is a bit less than trucks like the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500.
While one reviewer was underwhelmed by the Avalanche’s acceleration, most test drivers are impressed with the power from its standard V8 engine. A few reviewers also note that the automatic transmission offers smooth, refined shifts.
- "From behind the wheel, the first thing you notice about the 2013 Chevrolet Black Diamond Avalanche is that it accelerates smartly for such a large vehicle." -- Edmunds
- "The 5.3-liter V8 is plenty strong, but because the power is delivered through the 6-speed Hydra-Matic transmission with such smoothness, acceleration can sometimes feel slower than it actually is." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Acceleration is more than adequate at all speeds, aided by the smooth-shifting transmission. There's no noticeable difference between rear- and 4WD models, despite the latter being heavier." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
- "Our tester never felt underpowered per se, but the engine needed to rev a little higher than expected to deliver power for merging or passing." -- Motor Trend (2012)
Handling and Braking
Test drivers praise the Chevrolet Avalanche’s handling, saying that while it’s not exactly sporty, it’s better than most other pickup trucks. One reviewer notes that the 2013 Avalanche’s small turning circle is among its strengths, while another writes that it offers a more comfortable ride than its truck-based roots would suggest.
- "Handling and steering feel are both better than you'd expect from a pickup, though the truck's super-size dimensions and equally large blind spots to the sides and rear make maneuvering in tight quarters a challenge. On the upside, the Avalanche rides a bit smoother and quieter than a traditional pickup." -- Edmunds
- "The 2013 Chevy Avalanche's steering is on the light side, but not effortless, and the vehicle has an impressively tight turning circle." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Avalanche rides surprisingly well for a large pickup truck. It betrays its truck-type construction with only mild bounding over large bumps." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
- "The steering is deliberately heavy, but direct." -- Motor Trend (2012)