For a combination between SUV and pickup truck, one might expect odd construction; however the tough looking exterior of the Chevrolet Avalanche Truck is attractive and serviceable. Rather than a cab and a truck bed, the Avalanche has a one-piece body. The dividing midgate keeps the cabin enclosed for passengers, leaving a 5 foot 3 inch cargo bed. When hauling is needed, the midgate folds down for the 8-foot cargo capacity of a pickup. A roof-mounted luggage rack and rails in the side and center add to the ability to pile on plenty of boxes and bags.
The Chevrolet Avalanche Truck is sizeable, which carries the same issues as other full-size SUVs and pickup trucks. It can be difficult to maneuver in traffic, making city driving and parking somewhat unpleasant. There are significant blind spots to be aware of, both to the sides and the rear. However, acceleration is excellent, thanks to the 5.3 liter V8 engine.
Exterior colors for the 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche Truck include summit white, white diamond tricoat, blue granite metallic, victory red, blue topaz metallic, imperial blue metallic, silver ice metallic, black, and graystone metallic. Other exterior features include a rear cargo cover, rear privacy glass, and side assist steps. The truck is available in two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, able to tow up to 8,100 pounds with dealer installed equipment. The standard 320 horsepower engine has reasonable estimated fuel efficiency of 15 miles per gallon in the city, with 21 on the highway.
Inside, the audio system is all-new, with an AM/FM and satellite radio, MP3 player, and CD player, with rear-seat audio controls. The system now includes navigation capabilities for driver convenience. Windows, mirrors, and door locks are fully powered, as is the front bucket driver's seat. Air conditioning comes with all models, and the more expensive versions include heated front seats, a rearview camera, and leather upholstery. When the midgate is up, the interior of the Chevrolet Avalanche Truck is quiet and comfortable.