2012 Chevrolet Avalanche LT 5.3 Truck Crew Cab



  • Year: 2012
  • Make: Chevrolet
  • Model: Avalanche
  • Trim: LT 5.3
  • Bodystyle: Truck Crew Cab
  • Doors: 4 Door
  • Mileage: 133,794 miles
  • Engine: 5.3L V8 F OHV 16V / 4 WHEEL DRIVE
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Line: 4x4
  • Fuel Type: Regular Unleaded
  • Exterior Color: Black
  • Interior Color: Beige
  • VIN: 3GNTKFE73CG155133
  • Model Code: CK10936
  • Stock #: 11626G

Fuel Efficiency Rating

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Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

Included Packages

Rear Vision Camera
  • Inside Rearview Mirror w/Rear Camera Display
Radio: AM/FM Stereo w/MP3/CD/DVD
  • SIRIUSXM Satellite Radio
  • USB Port
Preferred Equipment Group 1LT
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Bose 7-Speaker System
  • Power-Adjustable Pedals For Accelerator & Brake
  • Remote Vehicle Starter System
  • Driver & Front Passenger Heated Seats
  • Color-Keyed Rear Fascia
  • Front Halogen Fog Lamps
  • Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist
  • Heavy-Duty Rear Locking Differential
  • Comments:

    Leather / Heated Seating
    Bose Premium Sounds System
    Rear Parking Camera 
    Tow Package  
    5.3L V8 F OHV 16V
    2012 Chevrolet Avalanche

    It is what a sport-utility truck ought to be — a truck with an emphasis on utility . . . and versatility.

    I did not understand the Chevrolet Avalanche at first. Like many Washington careerists, I thought it was another example of misplaced Detroit bravado, an attempt to answer a question no one asked with a big truck that could be transformed from a plush, full-size sport-utility vehicle into a fully capable pickup truck with a long cargo bed (8 feet, 2 inches) in an instant.

    Back in 2002, when the Avalanche was introduced, I thought it was the dumbest of recent dumb moves by General Motors. Washington was hounding Detroit for smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles. Detroit, as usual, was resisting. The Avalanche, a huge truck aggressive in name and stance, seemed Detroit’s petulant answer — the mechanical equivalent of a teenager dissing a parent.

    Detroit, represented by the Chevrolet Division of General Motors in this case, was right. Washington, our governmental parent, did not know what it was talking about. I was wrong, too.

    Truth is that the Chevrolet Avalanche makes perfect sense. But you have to live with it in its intended use environment to figure that out. “Intended use environment” refers to any place outside of Washington where people work and get dirty — as in the accumulation of organic dirt on bodies and clothing — for a living.

    I mostly used the 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche in Orange County, New York — a place of farms, lovely mountains and beautiful valleys, where people rise early and work hard and late putting things in and pulling things out of the ground. There’s lots of hauling to and from going on, which means that Orange County largely is a truck county, a place where people use trucks as much as they drive them. There is a notable difference between “use” and “drive.” You can drive anything that will get you from one point to another. But you can’t use anything the way you can use a truck; and you can’t use any truck the way you can use a Chevrolet Avalanche.

    What I once thought stupid turned out to be genius. Lots of stuff had to be carried for home repair and maintenance. (The house in Cornwall, N.Y., always needs work.)

    In SUV mode, the Chevrolet Avalanche offers ample cargo space. But, hey, lower that 60/40, split-folding rear bench seat. Next, lower the GM-patented Midgate. Store the rear window in the Midgate. Wow! You now have a full-size pickup truck with a protected cargo bed stretching more than eight feet!

    After a day’s work, when it was time to grab dinner or take in a movie in the nearby New York communities of Poughkeepsie or Fishkill, it was easy to transform the Chevrolet Avalanche back into an attractive SUV.

    It’s an easy drive, too. You can’t take it around curves the way you would a sports car. The Chevrolet Avalanche has a curb weight of 5,840 pounds, after all. But with a 5.3-liter V-8 gasoline engine (320 horsepower, 335 foot-pounds of torque), it has enough power to move that weight with authority. The power-assisted steering works nicely. The suspension work (short arm/long arm front, independent with a multi-link arrangement in the rear with rear stabilizer bar) is up to the task of dealing with heavy loads on curvy roads. And when those roads change from paved to “unimproved,” as they often do in much of the country, the Chevrolet Avalanche’s optional, on-demand four-wheel-drive system works exceptionally well.

    But outside of its intended use environment, say in midtown Manhattan, the Avalanche becomes an albatross. More than 18 feet long and standing nearly 6 feet, 5 inches, it’s simply too big for those congested spaces. In such environments, it moves slowly with a cumbersome gait, blocking the forward view of motorists behind you, making them angry and encouraging them to engage in dangerous driving maneuvers to get out of your way.

    That, I think, is why Washington and other large metropolitan areas, other than possibly Dallas and Houston, do not understand the Chevrolet Avalanche. It’s a big truck with a large footprint that gets in the way of city people with lots to do. Their angst in its presence is understandable.

    But the Chevrolet Avalanche makes perfect sense in the rest of the country, which happens to be most of the country, where it has been selling well since 2002. After using it for a week in that part of the country, I now know why that’s understandable, too.

Included Packages

Rear Vision Camera
  • Inside Rearview Mirror w/Rear Camera Display
Radio: AM/FM Stereo w/MP3/CD/DVD
  • SIRIUSXM Satellite Radio
  • USB Port
Preferred Equipment Group 1LT
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Bose 7-Speaker System
  • Power-Adjustable Pedals For Accelerator & Brake
  • Remote Vehicle Starter System
  • Driver & Front Passenger Heated Seats
  • Color-Keyed Rear Fascia
  • Front Halogen Fog Lamps
  • Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist
  • Heavy-Duty Rear Locking Differential

Additional Options

  • Power Sunroof
  • CD player
  • Power Windows
  • Center Arm Rest
  • Power Steering
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Power Seat
  • Climate Control
  • Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)
  • Trip Odometer
  • Power Brakes
  • Power Door Locks
  • Cruise Control
  • Power Mirrors
  • Cup Holder
  • Air Conditioning
  • Traction Control System
  • Engine: Vortec 5.3L V8 SFI FlexFuel
  • GVWR: 7,200 lbs
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
Convenience Features
  • 1-touch down
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Air conditioning
  • Front beverage holders
  • Speed control
  • Illuminated entry
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Power windows
  • Adjustable pedals
  • Passenger door bin
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Overhead console
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Driver door bin
  • Emergency communication system
Off-Road Capability
  • Ground clearance (min): 231mm (9.1")
  • Approach angle: 17 deg
  • Departure angle: 20 deg
Entertainment Features
  • Rear audio controls
  • Radio data system
  • Wireless phone connectivity: Bluetooth
  • MP3 decoder
  • AM/FM radio: SiriusXM
  • Speakers: 7
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • CD player
Seats and Trim
  • Heated front seats
  • Max seating capacity: 5
  • Rear seats: split-bench
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Front seats: bucket
  • Front center armrest
  • Power passenger seat
  • Power driver seat
  • Leather upholstery
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Split folding rear seat
Specs and Dimensions
  • Compression ratio: 9.90 to 1
  • Engine horsepower: 320hp @ 5,400RPM
  • Front headroom: 1,044mm (41.1")
  • Rear legroom: 993mm (39.1")
  • Payload: 573kg (1,263lbs)
  • Turning radius: 6.6m (21.5')
  • Exterior height: 1,946mm (76.6")
  • Curb weight: 2,707kg (5,969lbs)
  • Front shoulder room: 1,656mm (65.2")
  • Wheelbase: 3,302mm (130.0")
  • Exterior body width: 2,009mm (79.1")
  • Towing capacity: 2,268kg (5,000lbs)
  • Engine bore x stroke: 96.0mm x 91.9mm (3.78" x 3.62")
  • Rear hiproom: 1,582mm (62.3")
  • Air Pollution Score (AP): 5
  • Rear headroom: 1,016mm (40.0")
  • Greenhouse Gas Score (GG): 2
  • Front legroom: 1,049mm (41.3")
  • Exterior length: 5,621mm (221.3")
  • Engine displacement: 5.3 L
  • Engine torque: 335 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Rear shoulder room: 1,656mm (65.2")
  • GVWR: 3,266kg (7,200lbs)
  • Front hiproom: 1,532mm (60.3")
Body Exterior
  • Right rear passenger: conventional
  • Bodyside moldings
  • Trailer hitch receiver
  • Rear cargo: tailgate and middle-gate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Bumpers: body-color
  • Roof rack
  • Rear step bumper
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Left rear passenger door: conventional
  • Tonneau cover
  • Fuel economy city: 15mpg
  • Mode select transmission
  • Horsepower: 320hp @ 5,400RPM
  • Fuel economy highway: 21mpg
  • Cylinder deactivation
  • Transmission: 6 speed automatic
  • Variable valve control
  • Engine liters: 5.3
  • Sequential multi-point fuel injection
  • Manual-shift auto
  • Fuel tank capacity: 31.0gal.
  • Cylinder configuration: V-8
  • Engine location: front
  • Recommended fuel: flexible
  • Torque: 335 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Number of valves: 16
  • Drive type: four-wheel
  • Limited slip differential
Safety and Security
  • Traction control
  • Brake assist
  • Electronic stability
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • ABS brakes
  • Security system
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • Panic alarm
  • Overhead airbag
  • Ignition disable
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Front wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Alloy wheels
Lighting, Visibility and Instrumentation
  • Tachometer
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Oil pressure gauge
  • Trip computer
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Outside temperature display
  • Front fog lights
  • Front reading lights
  • Compass
  • Voltmeter
  • Rear reading lights
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