2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

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$36,300

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

Pickup Truck

Body style

17

Combined MPG

6

Seating capacity

221.3” x 76.6”

Dimensions

Rear-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

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

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Notable features

  • 3.08 rear axle standard for all models
  • 3.42 optional
  • USB input
  • 22-inch rims have been discontinued
  • Body-colored mirrors now standard on LS package
  • 1LT package includes high-end features and heavy-duty rear locking differential
  • Two-speed transfer case now standard on LTZ 4WD Packages
  • Steel Green Metallic, Mocha Steel Metallic and Inferno Orange Metallic replace Laser Blue Metallic and Black Graphite Metallic
  • Available 20-inch chrome-clad wheels

2011 Chevrolet Avalanche review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

When it debuted for 2002, the Avalanche upset the trend of making pickups more SUV-like. 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 2011

Three new exterior colors: Steel Green Metallic, Mocha Steel Metallic and Inferno Orange Metallic replace Laser Blue Metallic and Black Graphite Metallic. Body-colored mirrors now come standard with the LS package. Four-wheel-drive models now come equipped with a standard two-speed transfer case. The 22-inch wheels designed by DUB magazine have been discontinued, and 20-inch chrome-clad wheels are now available.

Exterior

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. Exterior features include:

  • 17-inch wheels standard
  • Wraparound front bumper cover blends nicely with body
  • Available 20-inch chrome-clad wheels
  • Body-colored mirrors now standard on LS
  • Power-articulating running boards on LTZ models

Interior

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. Interior features include:

  • Available rear-seat entertainment system plays DVDs and media from iPods
  • Available touch-screen navigation system


Under the Hood

The Avalanche’s standard engine is a 310-horsepower (326 hp with E85 fuel), 5.3-liter V-8 with an iron block, rated at 335 pounds-feet of torque (350 pounds-feet of torque with E85) with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Safety

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

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
Approach angle:
16.78 degrees (4×2), 16.64 degrees (4×4)
Departure angle: 20.05 degrees (4×2), 20.31 degrees (4×4)
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 4.9
  • Interior 4.7
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value 4.3
  • Exterior 4.9
  • Reliability 4.6
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Most recent consumer reviews

4.0

GM has dropped the ball.

Having severe body rust issues, all wheel openings, paint seems hard with severe rusting rock chips. Engine has oil pressure issues. Very disappointed with GM

5.0

Avalanche 11

Second avalanche I have owned. Bought a 2011 a few months ago. Had a few problems but I love the looks of them along with the comfort and room..great for hauling kayaks(reason I bought it). Like the Flex fuel option also. Especially since gas prices are up! Mine has over 177k miles. Plastic cover has alot of fading but still pretty truck. Only complaint really is that the outside door handles wear and break easily, plastic fading, headlight lens discoloration. Power isn't what it should be(no giddy up) but it's older truck. If your wanting speed then it's not the truck for you! I purchased a brand new one when they first came on market but it had transmission problems soon after getting it. Love the back seat fold and window remove feature the best!

4.0

PURCHASED IN 2011 WITH 7000 MI. ON IT

PRIMARILY OUR TRAVELING VEHICLE WITH 59TO 60000MILES ON IT HAS PREFORMED WELL TILL THIS WINTER REDUCED ENGINE POWER LIGHT COMES ON, CHEVY GARAGE CLEANED THOTTLE BODY, CONTINUED WITH PROBLEM, THEN REPLACED TPS CURED THE PROBLEM, THEN DISCOVERED A RECALL ON THIS, HAS THIS RECALL BEEN EXTENDED?

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Safety

Based on the 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche base trim.
Risk of rollover
22.8%
Rollover rating
3

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chevrolet
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
36 months/36,000 miles
Powertrain
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)
Powertrain
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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