2006 Chevrolet Avalanche

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2006 Chevrolet Avalanche

Key specs

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The good:

  • Cargo-carrying versatility
  • Configurable interior
  • Abundant storage space
  • Comfortable seats
  • More maneuverable than expected

The bad:

  • Massive dimensions
  • Fuel economy
  • Trucklike experience
  • Modestly sized cargo bed with all seats up

6 trims

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Notable features

  • Dual-purpose design
  • Passenger- and cargo-hauling abilities
  • Removable rear window
  • 8.1-liter V-8 in 2500 series
  • Available Autotrac 4WD

2006 Chevrolet Avalanche review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Is it a four-door pickup truck or a sport utility vehicle that happens to have an open cargo bed? Essentially, the Avalanche is both.

Manufactured in Mexico, the Avalanche features Chevrolet’s Convert-a-Cab system. Whenever more space for hauling cargo is needed, folding the rear seat and lowering the midgate extends the pickup bed. The rear window can be removed at any time for open-air driving.

A tire-pressure-monitoring system joins the standard-equipment list for 2006. A 5.3-liter V-8 powers the half-ton 1500 series, while the 2500 series uses an 8.1-liter V-8. Hydroboost brakes, which are standard on the 1500, provide enhanced reserve power assist. General Motors’ StabiliTrak electronic stability system is available.

Based on Chevrolet’s Silverado full-size pickup truck and Suburban SUV, the Avalanche has four full-size doors. Styling features include a massive front bumper and gray lower-body cladding. The rear bumper incorporates steps for easier access to the 5-foot-3-inch cargo box. The Avalanche 1500 can be optioned without body cladding or the bumper steps.

When a configuration change is needed, the rear seat folds and the midgate lowers to expand the cargo area by 34.6 inches. Locking cargo-box storage compartments are fitted with drains.

Measuring 221.7 inches long overall, 73.6 inches tall and 79.8 inches wide on a 130-inch wheelbase, the Avalanche 1500 has an 8.6-inch ground clearance with standard 16-inch tires; 17-inchers are available.

The Avalanche can hold as many as six occupants when properly equipped. The front section can have two bucket seats or a three-place 40/20/40-split bench seat. A three-passenger 60/40-split, folding bench seat goes in back. XM Satellite Radio and a DVD-based entertainment system are optional.

Under the Hood
Available with rear- or four-wheel drive, the Avalanche 1500 holds a 295-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 that generates 335 pounds-feet of torque. The four-speed-automatic transmission has a tow/haul mode. Autotrac four-wheel drive automatically distributes power to the front and rear wheels to maintain traction. The Avalanche 2500 packs a 325-hp, 8.1-liter V-8 that yields 447 pounds-feet of torque.

A rear-drive Avalanche 1500 can tow up to 8,200 pounds when properly equipped. Maximum towing capacity for the 2500 series is 12,000 pounds.

All-disc antilock brakes are standard, and side-impact airbags are optional. LATCH child-safety seat anchors are installed in the rear.

Driving Impressions
An Avalanche rides more smoothly than expected, at least on relatively unblemished pavement. The firm suspension absorbs a fair amount of road imperfections.

Even though the Avalanche looks immense, it seems considerably less gargantuan when you’re inside. Steering and braking feel unusually light. The Avalanche is easy to maneuver in the city and feels controlled on the highway.

Passing performance is fairly exuberant. Other than momentary hesitation after downshifting, the automatic transmission produces no unpleasant surprises. The Avalanche suffers only a little road noise, and comfortable seats deliver great thigh support.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.1
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews


This truck never gave me a problem pretty reliabl

2006 chevy avalanche powered by the 5.3 liter engine. I've had this truck for a couple months did changes here and there and doesn't give me a problem. Doesn't waste oil no knockings nothing at all. Frame isn't rusted. I recommend buying these trucks there pretty dam good! I use the truck for towing my boat and transporting family pretty comfy.


Comfortable truck

I was looking for something that would be able to transport tall things occasionally, room for 4, comfortable and reliable. The Avalanche ticked all the boxes. Based on a Suburban frame, it is definitely comfortable, enough room for all I need to do, and can haul small loads with ease. Very impressed with the 22 mpg I got on the highway once, although 17-18 is a little more common. Owned for almost a year and it has been trouble free!



This truck may be the most functional personal truck ever produced. All of the power and strength of a 1500 Silverado with the comfortability of a Tahoe. Use it as a family vehicle, towing truck or for city style. Perfect for a fun seeker of any interest!

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chevrolet
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
72 months/100,000 miles
60 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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