• (4.7) 16 reviews
  • Available Prices: $10,835–$25,027
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 17
  • Engine: 310-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Towing Capacity: 5,000 lbs.
2009 Chevrolet Avalanche

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche

What We Don't Like

  • Spending $50,000 isn't difficult
  • Blind spots larger than in standard pickup
  • No more 2500 model for heavier towing

Notable Features

  • Six-speed automatic standard
  • 3.08:1 rear axle ratio for some models
  • Available brake controller integrated with ABS
  • Backup camera helps with visibility, trailer hookup

2009 Chevrolet Avalanche Reviews

Vehicle Overview
When it debuted for 2002, the Avalanche upset the trend of making more SUV-like pickups. Chevy simply made its popular Suburban into a pickup; it gave the Avalanche more versatility, but it didn't lose any of the SUV's inherent creature comforts. Perhaps the ultimate vehicular multitool, the Avalanche features a midgate that expands the cargo area into the passenger cab. By removing the midgate and folding down the second-row seat, the cargo floor extends from 5 feet, 3 inches long to more than 8 feet long. The cargo bed also features lockable, side-mounted storage. A locking tailgate and cargo cover increase the secured-storage options even more. The Avalanche is available in LS, LT and LTZ trim levels and in two- and four-wheel drive.

New for 2009
GM addressed fuel economy concerns as the markets shifted away from large vehicles. A six-speed automatic is now standard on all models, giving drivers two overdrive gears for better highway mileage. For most two-wheel-drive models, a 3.08:1 final-drive ratio lowers engine speed during cruising to improve fuel economy. Chevy also reached out to its luxury customers by enhancing the LTZ trim with more standard equipment, including heated and cooled 12-way power seats up front, Centerpoint Surround Bose speaker system, and new rear styling and hitch cover. Finally, the electronics were upgraded, including the latest generation of OnStar, hands-free Bluetooth connectivity and XM Satellite Radio with NavTraffic.

The Avalanche doesn't mind flaunting its split personality; it's not an SUV or a pickup, but rather both. It has the bold but familiar front-end styling found on Chevy's GMT900 products. Setting the Avalanche apart are its distinctive sails that connect the cab to the bed and emphasize the smooth roofline and exterior length. The only real problem with the design is rearward visibility. Parking and backing up in tight spots can be tough, so the available sensors and backup camera are invaluable to many owners.

  • 17-inch wheels standard
  • Wraparound front bumper cover blends nicely with body
  • Available 22-inch chrome wheels developed with DUB magazine
  • Power-articulating running boards on LTZ models

In addition to the LTZ upgrades for 2009, Chevy is enhancing the Luxury Package available on 2LT models by including Bose premium speakers, heated 10-way power seats and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Avalanche front seats are comfy and supportive. Overall, the interior is spacious, with generous storage in the center console. The interior's centerpiece is the fold-down rear seat and the removable midgate. The rear glass can be removed separately from the main midgate for an open-air effect.
  • Available rear-seat entertainment system plays DVDs and from iPods
  • Available touch-screen navigation system
  • New seat fabrics on LS and 1LT models
  • Titanium and Cashmere interiors now available on Z71 models

Under the Hood
  • Base engine in 4x2 model is a 320-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 with an iron block; rated at 340 pounds-feet of torque
  • 310-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 with an aluminum block standard in early 4x4 models; rated at 335 pounds-feet of torque, E85 capable
  • 320-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 becomes standard in 4x4 models shortly after production starts; iron block, E85 capable; 340 pounds-feet of torque
  • 366-hp, 6.0-liter V-8, all-aluminum, E85 capable, available in LTZ models; 376 pounds-feet of torque
  • All engines mated to six-speed automatic transmission
  • All engines have Active Fuel Management to shut off cylinders for better fuel economy

Optional safety features include rain-sensing wiper system, Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist and rearview camera. GM has loaded the Avalanche with plenty of advanced safety features as standard equipment. They include:
  • Roof-mounted side curtain airbags with rollover protection
  • Front seat belt pretensioners
  • Electronic stability control with rollover mitigation technology
  • Seat-mounted side airbags for front occupants
  • OnStar with GM Advanced Crash Response (one-year plan standard, subscription required after)

Of Interest to Truck Owners
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 7,000 pounds (4x2), 7,200 pounds (4x4)
  • Maximum payload capacity: 1,350 pounds (4x4)
  • Maximum towing capacity: 8,100 pounds (4x2)
  • Axle ratio: 3.42:1 (heavy-duty trailering package)
  • Minimum ground clearance: 9.1 inches
  • Approach angle: 16.78 degrees (4x2), 16.64 degrees (4x4)
  • Departure angle: 20.05 degrees (4x2), 20.31 degrees (4x4)
  • Z71 Off Road package includes monotube shock absorbers, 18-inch offroad tires, color-keyed wheel flares, tubular side steps, automatic locking differential, tow hooks, skid plate and large-capacity air cleaner
  • Cargo bed load height: 32.2 inches (4x2), 32.5 inches (4x4)
  • Cargo bed floor length: 63.3 inches (midgate closed), 98.2 inches (midgate open)
  • Cargo bed floor width at wheel well: 50 inches
  • Cargo bed height with cover: 22.6 inches
  • Cargo bed depth: 25 inches

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 16 reviews

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Great vehicle for towing my travel trailer

by JimH, Vietman Veteran from Warner Robins, GA on October 4, 2017

Very nice truck with a lot of accessories. It will make a great two vehicle for travel trailers. Very nice interior with many accessories and options.

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There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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