• (4.9) 14 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $16,109–$31,297
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 18
  • Engine: 320-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 (flexible; E85)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Towing Capacity: 5,100 lbs.
2012 Chevrolet Avalanche

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche

What We Don't Like

  • Poor rear visibility for backing up

Notable Features

  • New touch-screen navigation radio
  • 320-hp V-8
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • RWD or 4WD

2012 Chevrolet Avalanche Reviews

Vehicle Overview

Chevrolet proved the midgate design, which offers the best of a pickup truck and SUV, can be extremely popular. Since its inception in 2002, the Avalanche has been one of the more versatile trucks, with the ability to extend its cargo bed from slightly more than five feet to a total of eight feet. Its standard 5.3-liter V-8 engine makes 320 horsepower, and the Avalanche can seat up to six people.

The Avalanche is available in LS, LT and LTZ trim levels. An available ZR1 Off-Road Package includes monotube shock absorbers, 18-inch wheels, color-matched fender flares, skid plates, tubular assist steps and a high-capacity air cleaner.

New for 2012
LTZ models add a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel while LT versions gain heated seats. The Avalanche's standard electronic stability system now features electronic trailer-sway control and hill start assist. A new stereo with a 30-gigabyte hard drive, navigation system, a 7-inch touch-screen, recording capability and a USB port is 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 models. 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 parking sensors and backup camera are invaluable. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch wheels; 18- or 20-inch wheels available
  • Wraparound front bumper cover blends nicely with body
  • Available power-articulating running boards

Interior
If the Avalanche shines in any category, it's the style and amenities of the interior. The truck can hold up to six people. Cloth upholstery is standard, and leather is optional. Interior features include:

  • Midgate design allows for extended cargo capacity
  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard CD stereo
  • Standard Bluetooth cellphone connectivity
  • Available heated and cooled seats
  • Available remote start

Under the Hood
The Avalanche is powered by a 320-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 that makes 335 pounds-feet of torque. Mechanical features include:

  • Standard six-speed automatic transmission
  • V-8 runs on regular gas or E85 ethanol
  • Rear- or four-wheel drive

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system

Consumer Reviews

(4.9)

Average based on 14 reviews

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Avalanche has it all

by MaureenL from Scotia,NY on September 11, 2017

The overall performance of this Chevy Avalanche is top notch. Comfortable ride. Love the diverse ways it can function for our needs.

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6 Trims Available

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2012 Chevrolet Avalanche Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

There is currently 1 recall for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/100,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

60mo/100,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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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