Looking at the 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

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According to recent reports and evaluations, Chevrolet’s Avalanche remains unchanged in this model year of 2011. It’s pickup truck that’s basically the Chevrolet Suburban SUV’s crew-cab version that can be reconfigured.

There’s also a midgate that serves as a partition separating the cab from the cargo bed. With the midgate lowered, the 5.3 ft. bed extends up to 8.2 feet. The Avalanche has a seating capacity of up to 6 passengers.

2011 Chevrolet Avalanche Looking at the 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

There are three available trim levels for the Avalanche, namely the LS, LT, and LTZ trims. All trim levels may either come with a full-time four-wheel drive or a rear wheel drive system. The full-time 4WD is designed to be able to remain engaged on dry pavement, but it has a low-range gear to enable the vehicle for off-roading.

Standard for the LTZ the 2-speed transfer case for the four-wheel drive system. This is also available for the LS and LT if they are equipped with the Trailer Package, which is optional. Alternatively, you can get the transfer case with the LT models along with the optional Z71 Off-Road Suspension Package.

All models are powered by 320 hp 5.3 liter V8 engines, which is capable of running on E86 ethanol-based fuel. It also comes with General Motor’s Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation as well as a 6-speed automatic transmission. All models have a max towing capacity of 8,100 lbs.

The 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche lineup also has a line of standard safety features. These include an antilock brake system (ABS), antiskid system, traction control, and airbags for the front side and curtain side.

Unique to the LTZ trim level is General Motor’s load-leveling suspension. It’s not available in any other trim level. Another exclusive standard feature for this trim level are the heated and cooled front seats.

There are also other optional features. The navigation system uses GPS technology and a road database to help locate roads, nearby locations, and traffic. The navigation system also comes with a DVD entertainment system.

A wireless cell-phone link is also optional. It allows you to use your phone using wireless commands (i.e. voice commands) while you’re driving. You’ll be able to make, answer, and entertain calls, access phone book, and do other things with your cell phone while you’re driving.

Lastly, a rearview camera will allow the driver to have a clearer view of the back of the car. This is useful when parking or when the vehicle backs up.

Expert ratings show that the 2WD LT garners a total score of 70, with majority of the criteria getting an individual rating of 7. These include Ride Quality, Controls, Details, Rear Comfort (Front comfort gets an 8), Cargo Room, and in its value within class.

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