The 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche is offered in LS, LT and LTZ models, each with a choice of rear-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive. Standard on all models is a 310-horsepower, 5.3-liter V8 engine, hooked up to a responsive 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine has Active Fuel Management, which switches to 4-cylinder operation when possible to help save fuel. Fuel economy ratings of 14 mpg city, 20 mpg highway are quite respectable for a vehicle of this size and capability.
The Avalanche’s unusual styling aside, the centerpoint of this truck’s unique setup is its folding mid-gate, which allows items from the truck bed to utilize passenger cabin space when needed. As such, the Avalanche can function as both a 6-passenger SUV and as a truck with an 8-foot bed. With the mid-gate open and the back seat folded fully down, the Avalanche can fit a 4-by-8-foot piece of plywood. The bed also has built-in storage compartments with drains, ideal for being filled with ice and used as coolers.
The Avalanche includes some of the same rugged character and ability as GM’s full-size pickup models, including a very respectable tow rating of 8,100 pounds. Those who do plan to take their Avalanche far off the pavement will want to get the Z71 Off-Road package, which brings color-keyed wheel flares, tubular assist steps, a chrome grille insert and leather bucket seats. Z71 also includes a host of tough hardware, including high-pressure gas-charged shocks, on/off-road tires, recovery hooks, skid plates and an automatic-locking differential. The heavy-duty Trailering Package includes a 2-speed transfer case, which also comes standard on LTZ 4×4 models.
The 2011 Avalanche drives like most of GM’s other full-size trucks-which is to say it’s more nimble than you might think, with surprisingly good ride comfort and great interior appointments, including generously sized front seats. In base LS trim, the Avalanche comes with a simple set of features that should be just fine for work-minded buyers. On the standard features list are front bucket seats, air conditioning, cruise control, steering-wheel audio controls and a MP3/CD sound system with USB port and XM satellite radio compatibility. Standard Bluetooth hands-free connectivity and rear seat audio controls are both new for 2011.
The LT is more comfort-minded and brings a soft-ride suspension plus remote start, remote keyless entry, dual-zone climate control and Bose audio. The LTZ trim gets lots of appearance extras, plus power-adjustable pedals, a garage-door opener, heated-and-cooled front seats, perforated leather upholstery, a rearview camera system, parking assist, DVD entertainment and a navigation system with XM NavTraffic info. Safety features across the Avalanche range include traction control, front and rear airbags and electronic stability control.
GM has really made its mark this year, in terms of awards, and it continues to do so as the days go by. One of the most impressive milestones for GM is that J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study (IQS) recognized 10 GM models as top three vehicles in their segments for quality performance within the first 90 days of ownership. Some of those models are: Malibu, CTS, Suburban, Lucerne, and Yukon XL.
I am happy to announce that the Tahoe, Avalanche, Escalade and Sierra 1500 have each received quality awards as top vehicles in their class! Also, along with all of the awards going to GM vehicles, the Lansing Grand River assembly plant in Michigan won the Bronze Plant Award in North/South America region, as well as being recognized as the top-ranking plant in the US!
Kudos to GM for this amazing award year!
The Chevrolet Avalanche has a unique Midgate design with an ability to transform from luxurious 5-6 passenger SUV into a tough full-sized pickup truck. It is the vehicle which is incomparable due to this unique Midgate feature. It has created the benchmark giving combination such as spacious interiors, powerful fuel efficient engines and Midgate feature.
Chevrolet Avalanche Levels: LS, LT and the high-end LTZ
Operated Engines: 5.3L V8 engine powerful enough includes Active Fuel Management™ to help increase the fuel economy.
Automatic Transmission: 6-speed automatic transmission; first gear is sharp for excellent off-the-line performance; sixth gear is tall overdrive for smooth, efficient highway cruising.
Wheel Drive system: 5-link rear suspension design delivers a smoother ride while standard StabiliTrak with Proactive Roll Avoidance and a locking rear differential provide superior traction and control in all driving conditions.
Other Key features: Standard head-curtain side-impact air bags for safety; standard Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist; Rearview Camera System. Upgraded 2010 model has audio systems with USB port for the connection to playback music devices.
The F-150 was latest updated in 2009 with a face-lifted exterior which is carry forward in 2010 with F-150 SFE model with some efficiency enhancements.
F-150 Levels: XL, STX, XLT, FX2, FX4, Lariat, King Ranch models.
Engines operated: 4.6L 2-valve V8; 4.6L 3-valve V8; 5.4L 3-valve FlexFuel V8.
Automatic Transmission: 4.6L 2-valve V8 have 4-speed automatic transmission; 4.6L 3-valve V8 and the 5.4L V8 engines include 6-speed automatic transmission.
Wheel Drive system: Drivetrain includes rear-wheel drive or parttime four-wheel drive; Harley-Davidson models include an all wheel-drive system.
Other Key features: Optional Sony audio system; SYNC; with voice activation for Bluetooth-enabled cell phones and MP3 players; reverse camera system that displays the picture in the rearview mirror or the navigation system screen; Solution package to keep track of all the tools working in the truck with the help of computer and radio-frequency tagging system.
Ridgeline is designated as truck for them who require small cargo bed with 5000-lb towing capacity. It is more common with passenger cars than tough pickup trucks.
Honda Ridgeline Levels: RT, RTS and RTL
Engines operated: 3.5L SOHC V6
Automatic Transmission: 5-speed automatic transmission.
Wheel Drive system: all wheel-drive system.
Other Key features: dual-action tailgate opening like a standard tailgate and swings to the side like a door; unique waterproof in-bed trunk; RTL model offers in-dash navigation system; Bluetooth and rear view camera.
Toyota Tundra comes with multiple changes in year 2010 includes new exterior with redesigned grille and tail lamps; two new optional audio systems is added with the three existing systems.
Toyota Tundra Levels: Regular, Double and CrewMax cab models
Engines operated: 4.0L V6 available in Regular Cab; all-new 4.6L V8 and a 5.7L V8 with FlexFuel version in 5.7L V8 engine.
Automatic Transmission: 4.6L and 5.7L come with a 6-speed automatic transmission; 4.0L V6 comes with 5-speed automatic transmission.
Wheel Drive system: all wheel-drive system.
Other Key features: New Work Truck package contains vinyl seats and rubber flooring available in Regular and Double Cab models; new Platinum package contains luxury features such as heated and ventilated seats, a sunroof and wood grain trim.
In 2009, Dodge was introduced Dodge Ram focusing on power, fuel economy. “RamBox” storage compartments integrated into the sides of the cargo bed and a coil-spring rear suspension was altogether a new feature. But the RamBox is expensive and reduces cargo bed capacity. There was a coil-spring suspension that gives a smoother ride but again at the expense of payload and trailertowing capability.
Dodge RAM Levels: Regular, Quad and Crew Cab models with 5 trim levels ST, SLT, TRX, Sport and Laramie
Engines operated: 3.7L V6; 4.7L V8; 5.7L V8
Automatic Transmission: 3.7L V6 come with a 4-speed automatic transmission; 4.7L V8 and 5.7L V8 comes with 5-speed automatic transmission.
Wheel Drive system: part-time system and an on-demand system
Other Key features: In 2010 version has integrated trailer brake controller and an iPod connection in the glove box
General Motors, automobile maker has decided to launch a new Chevrolet accessory that will convert cars into a hot-spot for Wi-Fi. This device will be called a Chevrolet Wi-Fi and the service will be provided by Autonet Mobile. The device is given on dealership basis and it will be installed in a dock inside the car, which is compatible to empower a 3G mobile Wi-Fi router that can interchanged between various vehicles. This device can be installed in Chevrolet’s Equinox, Traverse, Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban, Avalanche and Express cars. General Motors state that Chevrolet’s Wi-Fi can download at a speed of 1.5 mbps. It can be used by several people at one go. The Wi-Fi can be accessed by not only people sitting inside the car, but also those who are at a distance of 150 feet. Towards the end of 2009 the device will cost $199, but after a mail in rebate of $200 had been sent a two years service agreement has been signed. The service costs are $29 and $59 for downloading data up to 1GB and 5GB, respectively, on a monthly basis.
It is the only vehicle having Midgate. The category of Avalanche is such that it can be a 6 passenger SUV and also convert into a full-size pickup. It has storage capacity of.45.5 cubic feet along with the largest trunk and top-box storage with locks. The 3L V8 Flex fuel engine is a powerful engine having capability of active fuel management. Fuel Economy is the best in this class and Avalanche 2WD gives 15 mpg city/21 highway. The EPA has not rated Avalanche 4WD for fuel economy estimates. The fuel tank of Avalanche has the capacity of 31 gallon, and so it can travel up to 650 miles on highway before filling up. Turn-by-turn navigation along with directions and connections is made easy with standard On Star with. It was awarded 5-Stars in forward contact for Driver and Front Passenger and also has the feature of standard front seat-mounted side-impact air bags. The craftsmanship is highly refined having flush surfaces and the tight component fits helps to provide best quality look The frame is fully boxed so has lees chance of bending and twisting, facilitating better ride quality, road and power train noise isolation. It offers the best warranty in the business with a 3-yr/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty plus a 5-yr/100,000 mile power train warranty including roadside help and courtesy transportation.
Avalanche, the Industry Exclusive Midgate, is the only vehicle that caters a 6 passenger SUV to a full-size pickup. It has 45.5 cubic feet of storage, biggest trunk and lockable top-box storage. This automobile has powerful 5.3L V8 Flex Fuel engine with Active Fuel Management.
Chevy Avalanche is considered as one of the Best in Class Fuel Economy as it 2WD delivers 15 mpg city/21 highway. However, Avalanche 4WD is not rated by EPA for fuel economy estimates. With 31 gallon fuel tank capacity in Avalanche, it travels farther between fill up, with a highway range of 650 miles.
Standard OnStar with available Directions and Connections with Turn-by-Turn Navigation. Chevrolet Avalanche received 5-Stars in Frontal impact for Driver and Front Passenger and now includes standard front seat-mounted side-impact air bags.
Avalanche is a fine example of high refinement craftsmanship. Flush surfaces and tight component fits give this model a premium quality appearance. It has fully boxed frame which prevents frame from bending and twisting, thus enabling improved ride quality, road and power train noise isolation.
You will get best warranty in the industry with this vehicle. Avalanche offers a 3-yr/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty plus a 5-yr/100,000 mile power train warranty with roadside assistance and courtesy transportation