2012 Chevrolet Avalanche

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
    Truck
  • Combined MPG:
    18 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    320-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 (flexible; E85)
  • Drivetrain:
    4x2
  • Towing Capacity:
    5,100 lbs.
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Unique midgate for expanded cargo capabilities
  • Well-appointed interior on LTZ models
  • New safety features and technology

The Bad

  • Poor rear visibility for backing up

Notable Features of the 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche

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

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Best vehicle i've ever owned!

by Jake from Scottsdale Arizona on October 9, 2018

I personally love the way my avalanche was styled, it drive so comfortable it was like floating on air, good amount of power, 4x4, spacious, awesome bed, super reliable and cheap to maintain, gas was ... Read full review

(4.0)

Fits my needs perfectly.

by DonD from Homosassa, FL on June 1, 2018

Comfortable, safe, with lots of flexibility. I seldom carry extended cargo, but the midgate design allows a shorter profile for ease in parking and maneuvering with the capability to carry longer ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche currently has 1 recall

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Manufacturer Warranties

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New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    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 warranty

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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