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A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche

Chevrolet Avalanche 2012

Few vehicles are as distinctive as the Chevrolet Avalanche. Part SUV, part truck, the Avalanche is actually surprisingly practical. On the inside, it feels more like a Chevy Tahoe, except when you look out your rearview mirror, you’ll notice a crew-cab. If you’re trying to decide between a truck and an SUV, then, the 2012 Avalanche should be considered.

Key Features

Obviously, the cab on the Avalanche is an important feature to highlight. That’s because it offers far more versatility than your typical truck. Behind the rear seat is a folding midgate, which is basically a cutout braced by a metal panel. When the midgate is folded down, you get even more cab from this vehicle.

A cousin of the Suburban (it shares the same platform), the Avalanche has an identical ground clearance, all-wheel-drive capabilities and impressive chassis.

While trucks are known for their storage, the 2012 Avalanche actually has a lot of space inside. Its center console alone is easily big enough for a large purse or tablet.

Changes for 2012

There really aren’t any major changes to be found in the 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche.

What We Like

We love that this vehicle has the SUV-capacity to transport six people (five, comfortably), yet still gives you the cab. Sometimes, you might want to haul something to the dump or leave your tools somewhere where you won’t have to worry about stains, drips, smells, etc.

Also, the inside of the Chevy Avalanche really does resemble a Tahoe in terms of luxury, which is another big change from most trucks.

What Concerns Us

For a lot of you, a full-size crew-cab pickup might make as much sense as the 2012 Avalanche and cost less. It really comes down to whether or not you’re going to be using the midgate feature on this vehicle.

This one can also drink a lot of fuel, so leave some room in your budget for the gas pump.

Available Models

There are two models to choose from: the LT and LTZ. The main difference is that the latter will give you features like remote engine starting and leather upholstery standard.

Major Recalls

Back on 12/30/2014, a recall was put for the 2012 Avalanche because the ignition was getting stuck and could snap into “Accessory.” If you’re on the road when this happens, you could lose the ability to steer or even hit the brakes.

Common Issues

Some owners have complained of the lack of visibility when they’re trying to back up. This is a big truck, so it’ll definitely take some practice.

Chevrolet Avalanche 2012 Interior

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