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2006 Chevrolet Avalanche

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$4,930 — $14,570 USED
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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

What to Know

about the 2006 Chevrolet Avalanche
  • Dual-purpose design
  • Passenger- and cargo-hauling abilities
  • Removable rear window
  • 8.1-liter V-8 in 2500 series
  • Available Autotrac 4WD

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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.


Exterior
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 ...
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.


Exterior
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.


Interior
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.


Safety
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

What drivers are saying

4.4
13 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

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(5.0)

VERSATILE, COMFORTABLE, CAPABLE

by ontheroadagain from Orlando, FL on August 19, 2018

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 ... Read full review

(4.0)

06 Avalanche

by Hmicthuma from Indianapolis, IN on June 22, 2018

I bought this truck when my 2500 diesel got t-boned and totaled. I have a boat that needed towing and always loved the utility of the Avalanch. Found this one for a fair price and bought it. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2006 Chevrolet Avalanche currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Avalanche received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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