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2012 Chevy Avalanche LT Crew Cab Truck

2012 Chevrolet Avalanche Review

(0 Stars)  Cadillac sharpens its creased crossover with a more refined powertrain and increased horsepower.

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Overview
The half-pickup/half-SUV never really caught on as a genre, and now that the Ford Explorer Sport Trac is dead, the Avalanche -- except for its corporate twin, the Cadillac Escalade EXT -- is in a class of one. In essence, the Avalanche is the front of a full-size Chevy Tahoe and the back of a Silverado welded together. The Avalanche's coolest feature is its Midgate, which allows it to alternate between a six-passenger SUV and a full-size pickup. With the rear seats folded, the rear cabin wall tips forward into the cab, extending the bed length by more than three feet. In this position, the Avalanche can swallow objects as large as four-by-eight feet with the tailgate closed. The sole engine is an E85-capable, 320-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 that uses cylinder deactivation to conserve fuel -- four of the eight cylinders can shut down when the engine is under light loads. If you often take the route less traveled, the optional Z71 package can turn the Avalanche into a capable off-roader. Add-ons such as high-pressure gas-charged monotube shocks, off-road-ready eighteen-inch tires, an automatic-locking differential, and a skid plate add capability, while larger wheel flares and a more aggressive front fascia make the Avalanche look the part. Much like the Tahoe on which it is based, the Avalanche is a big, thirsty, truck-based sport-ute that emphasizes utility rather than on-road refinement. And with crew-cab pickups -- which in essence have the same basic body style and functionality -- becoming increasingly popular, the Avalanche may soon be squeezed out.

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2012 Avalanche LT Crew Cab Pickup Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 5.3L Vortec V8 OHV
E85 / unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 11 MPG city, 16 MPG highway, 13 MPG combined and 403 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
31.0gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 326 hp @ 5,300 rpm; 348 ft lb of torque @ 4,400 rpm
Secondary fuel economy:
Secondary power: 320 hp @ 5,400 rpm; 335 lb ft @ 4,000 rpm

'12 Chevy LT Crew Cab Truck Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Tilt
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
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Roof Rail
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Side Steps
  Interior  
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Cargo Cover
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Adjustable Pedals
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Front Fog Lights
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Parking Distance Control
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Folding Rear Seat
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Leather Seats
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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Full Spare Tire
  Trucks and Towing  
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Tow Hooks
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Trailer Harness
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Trailer Hitch
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