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2013 Chevrolet Avalanche

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$17,194 — $34,698 USED
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5-6 Seats
17 MPG
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Overview

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The Good

  • Unique midgate for expanded cargo capabilities
  • Well-appointed interior on LTZ models

The Bad

  • Poor rear visibility for backing up
2013 Chevrolet Avalanche exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche
  • New standard features for the Avalanche's final model year
  • Available touch-screen navigation system
  • 320-hp V-8
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • RWD or 4WD
  • Available Z71 Off-Road Package

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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 Z71 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 2013
This is the final model year for the Avalanche, which first debuted for 2002. All 2013 models get a commemorative "Black Diamond Avalanche" badge and unique body-color bed surrounds. New standard features include a backup camera, rear parking sensors, power-adjustable pedals, fog lights and remote start. The transmission's normal mode now incorporates powertrain grade braking, which reduces brake wear on descents by using the engine to help slow the truck.
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 onl...

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 Z71 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 2013
This is the final model year for the Avalanche, which first debuted for 2002. All 2013 models get a commemorative "Black Diamond Avalanche" badge and unique body-color bed surrounds. New standard features include a backup camera, rear parking sensors, power-adjustable pedals, fog lights and remote start. The transmission's normal mode now incorporates powertrain grade braking, which reduces brake wear on descents by using the engine to help slow the truck.
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 standard parking sensors and backup camera are helpful. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch wheels; 18- or 20-inch wheels available
  • Wraparound front bumper cover blends nicely with body
  • Fog lights
  • 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 connectivity
  • Available touch-screen navigation system
  • Available heated and cooled seats
  • Available rear-seat entertainment system

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

What drivers are saying

4.8
36 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

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(3.0)

Loved the truck till the paint started peeling

by Unhappy owner from Albany,New York on November 2, 2018

Loved the vehicle don't like the company that make it. After buying over 70 chevy 1corvette 1GTO they don't want to fix a paint problem they have with their trucks Read full review

(5.0)

The swiss army knife of trucks!!!

by Dave SQ5 from Plymouthn MA on September 13, 2018

Had this truck for over 5 years and 80k miles! IT was far and away the best truck I have ever owned!!! I have owned Fords, Chevy Silverados, GMC trucks and one other avalanche. The truck was amazing ... Read full review

Safety

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Recalls

The 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche currently has 0 recalls


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Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Chevrolet

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

    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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