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2010 Chevrolet Avalanche

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Key specs

Base trim shown

Pickup Truck

Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

221.3” x 76.6”


Rear-wheel drive



The good:

  • Midgate provides versatile cargo area
  • LTZ interior
  • Roomy backseat
  • Styling distinguishable from standard pickups
  • Generous towing capacity and towing features

The bad:

  • 5.3-liter V-8 is only engine choice
  • Cost
  • Blind spots larger than in standard pickup

3 trims

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Notable features

  • 6.0-liter V-8 dropped
  • 3.08:1 rear axle now standard for all models, 3.42 optional
  • USB input
  • 1LT package includes high-end features and heavy-duty rear locking differential
  • Single-speed transfer case now standard on 4WD

2010 Chevrolet Avalanche review: Our expert's take

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 didn’t lose any of the SUV’s inherent creature comforts. 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 to more than 8 feet. 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 2010
GM has dropped the 6.0-liter V-8 engine from the Avalanche lineup, leaving the 5.3-liter flex-fuel V-8 as the only engine. It’s paired with GM’s six-speed automatic, giving drivers two overdrive gears for better highway mileage. A 3.08:1 rear axle is now standard for both two- and four-wheel-drive models, enabling reduced engine speed during cruising to improve fuel economy. Inside, Chevy has added a USB port that allows you to control your MP3 player through the truck’s stereo.

The Avalanche doesn’t mind flaunting its split personality. It’s neither an SUV nor a pickup it’s both. It has the bold but familiar front-end styling found on Chevy’s truck-based products. Setting the Avalanche apart are 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.

  • 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

The 1LT model now includes dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable pedals, remote vehicle start and a heavy-duty rear locking differential. Overall, the interior is spacious, with generous storage in the center console. The front seats are comfy and supportive. 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 media 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
The Avalanche’s standard engine is a 310-horsepower (326-hp E85), 5.3-liter V-8 with an iron block, rated at 335 pounds-feet of torque (350 pounds-feet of torque E85) with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Optional safety features include Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist and a 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 system with rollover mitigation technology
  • Seat-mounted side airbags for front occupants
  • OnStar with GM Advanced Crash Response (one-year plan standard, subscription required thereafter)

Of Interest to Truck Owners

  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 7,000 pounds (4×2), 7,200 pounds (4×4)
  • Maximum payload capacity: 1,350 pounds (4×4)
  • Maximum towing capacity: 8,100 pounds (4×2)
  • Axle ratios: 3.08:1 standard, 3.42:1 (heavy-duty trailering package)
  • Minimum ground clearance: 9.1 inches
  • Approach angle: 16.78 degrees (4×2), 16.64 degrees (4×4)
  • Departure angle: 20.05 degrees (4×2), 20.31 degrees (4×4)
  • Z71 Off Road Package includes: monotube shock absorbers, 18-inch off-road 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 (4×2), 32.5 inches (4×4)
  • 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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior 4.6
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value 4.4
  • Exterior 4.7
  • Reliability 4.8
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Most recent consumer reviews


Nice truck. Not happy about the trickery

It's a good truck for its age. Been making it like new all new parts in the front end and working towards the back end


great truck

great truck clean everything i was looking for great staff clean office i will be back in the future for my next vehicle thanks so much Quality Auto...


BEST FIRST CAR EVER! Sad to let go of it!

This car has gotten me though EVERYTHING & drove me just about everywhere! Extremely comfortable, reliable, & durable. In EXCELLENT condition, been routinely serviced, and recently fully detailed. Highly recommend for someone looking for their first car!

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Based on the 2010 Chevrolet Avalanche base trim.
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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chevrolet
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/100,000 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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