2011 Chevy Avalanche Review

A more street-friendly alternative to the crewcab Silverado, the Chevrolet Avalanche rides on the same GMT900 platform that underpins General Motors‘ other full-size trucks and SUVs.

The Avalanche also shares much of its front end styling with the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe.

Originally introduced in 2001 as a 2002 model, the Avalanche created a segment all its own by combining the versatility of a pickup truck with the everyday usability of an SUV, and continues that tradition with the current model.

Power for the Avalanche is supplied by a pair of Vortec V8 engines: a 5.3L and a 6.0L.

Base two-wheel drive models are powered by a 320 horsepower and 340 lb-ft of torque version of the 5.3L V8 with Active Fuel Management — a technology that deactivates four cylinders at cruising speed to increase fuel economy.

Standard on four-wheel drive models — and optional on two-wheel models — is an E85 FlexFuel version of the 5.3L V8, rated at 310 horsepower and 335 lb-ft of torque.

A 6.0L Vortec V8 with Active Fuel Management — rated at 366 horsepower and 380 lb-ft — is available on four-wheel drive LT3 and LTZ models.