2011 Chevrolet Avalanche Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, The 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche combines pickup truck cues with sport/utility vehicle cues. While the cladding of early models is gone, the truck is starting to look pretty dated. Optional chrome 20-inch wheels do not help. For the Avalanche LTZ 4WD, a two-speed transfer case replaces the previous model’s single-speed case. Body color mirrors become standard on the ’11 LS. All trim levels are offered with optional 20-inch chrome wheels. New exterior colors for the model year are Steel Green Metallic, Mocha Steel Metallic and Inferno Orange Metallic, replacing Laser Blue Metallic and Black Granite Metallic.
The first SUVS like the Suburban began as pickup trucks hosting the station wagon style. The debut of the Tahoe-based, RWD-Avalanche Midgate by Chevrolet changed up the game, and the this vehicle is now in its fifth year. Entering its second generation, the Midgate finds itself in a niche market. This vehicle paved the way for the class and after nine years, there are only two rivals.
The Midgate is flexible, and in this regard, it is unsurpassed. This SUV has superior cargo room with backseats that fold-down. It has an extendable bed with an 8-foot limit. It can be expanded to make more room in the rear seating area. The Midgate’s bed has compartments for storage, they lock, and the bed has drains for keeping beverages on ice.
The Midgate is offered in RWD or four-wheel-drive. It rides and handles like a typical truck , but it has a subpar fuel economy. If you demand comfort, it’s hard to be the spaciousness of this six-seater. This SUV is great for football games, tailgate parties, and riding the roads.
The standard climate control and audio center stack are flush-mounted. Options include remote start, driver information center, tri-zone automatic HVAC, rearview camera, touch-screen navigation and rear-seat DVD with an eight-inch screen that plays iPod-stored videos.
Chevy offers the Avalanche with two Vortec 5.3-liter small block V-8s, the iron-block LMG and the all-aluminum LC9, both with cylinder deactivation. They’re both rated 320 horsepower and 335 pound-feet, or 326 horsepower and 348 pound-feet on E85. Power is adequate for a truck this big, and handling, as you’d expect, is rather clumsy, though 4WD versions are good off-road.
Head curtain side airbags for rollover protection, front-seat belt pretensioners that deploy in rear-end crashes, roof-mounted head curtain bags, stability control and tire-pressure monitoring all are standard. Park assist and a backup camera are optional.
Engine: 5.3L V-8
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Models: LS, LT, LTZ
EPA Fuel Economy
RWD: 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway
4WD: 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway
Price : $36,300 – $49,500