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2009 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 Truck - Overview

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$35,460 – $46,700 MSRP

$32,978 – $43,431 Invoice


2009 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 Truck

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What Changed for 2009:

  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission on all models
  • Enhancements to the LTZ model
  • 3.08 axle ratio on 2WD models with 5.3-liter V-8 engine
  • Available backup camera display in inside rearview mirror
  • New 20-inch chrome-clad wheels optional on LTZ
  • OnStar 8.0 with Stolen Vehicle Slow Down, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, & Destination Download to navigation radios
  • XM satellite radio with available new real-time NavTraffic
  • Bluetooth connectivity with specific steering-wheel controls
  • New Luxury package available on 2LT models
  • Two new exterior colors for LTZ and two new Z71 interior colors
Chevrolet's 2009 Avalanche is a carryover model from 2008, and was last redesigned in 2007. Chevy bills the Avalanche as "the industry's most flexible utility vehicle" due to its unique Midgate, combining 6-passenger comfort and attributes of an SUV with a truck's cargo capabilities. Available in rear-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive (RWD or 4WD), the Avalanche has several V-8 engines, including two with E85 flex-fuel capability. Avalanche can tow a maximum of 8100 pounds. New 2009 colors for the LTZ model include White Diamond Tricoat and Inferno Orange. Titanium and Cashmere interiors are available on Z71 models.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche is available in 2WD or 4WD and LS, LT or LTZ trim. Standard equipment on the LS includes GM's innovative Midgate; 3-piece cargo cover; an efficient 5.3-liter V-8 engine with cylinder-deactivation technology; lockable top-box storage; dual-zone manual temperature controls; custom cloth front split-bench seat with 60/40 rear split bench; 6-way power driver seat; AM/FM stereo with CD/MP3 player and 6-speaker sound system; and steering-wheel-mounted audio/cruise controls. OnStar one-year Safe & Sound plan and XM satellite radio are standard. The 1LT trim adds OnStar Directions & Connections Plan with Turn-by-Turn Navigation; custom cloth front bucket seats; audio input jack for iPod or MP3 players; and rear-seat audio controls. A navigation radio is available. 2LT trim adds rear parking assist; leather-appointed front bucket seats; remote vehicle start; upgraded stereo with 6-disc CD/MP3 player/changer; and power-adjustable pedals. A new luxury package available on 2LT models includes a Bose premium speaker system; heated leather-trimmed seats with 10-way power seat adjusters; auto-dimming outside mirror with new "Razor-style" turn signal display; and an auto-dimming inside mirror. Step up to LTZ and you also get heated and cooled 12-way power memory seats; perforated leather-trimmed seats; new body-side moldings with chrome accent strip; new rear fascia with chrome accent strip and trailer hitch cover; Centerpoint Surround Sound Bose speaker system; new sill plates with embossed "Chevrolet" logo; luggage rack side rails; windshield wipers with heated washer fluid; 20-inch polished aluminum wheels; covered storage area in the center console; and power articulating running boards.

Options on the 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche include preferred equipment groups; convenience package; sun, entertainment and destinations package; heavy-duty trailering package; power black or tubular chrome side-mounted assist steps; automatic-locking rear differential; skid plate package; integrated trailer brake controller; Z71 Off-Road package; luggage roof-rack rails; ultrasonic rear parking assist; and 18- or 20-inch aluminum wheels. Available accessories include seven different 20- and 22-inch chrome wheel styles (including new D20 and D22 wheels developed with DUB magazine); personal audio link; 6-inch chrome assist steps; chrome recovery hooks, door handles, mirror caps and fuel doors; power tonneau cover; custom grille with chrome bars; grille brush guard; bed extender; cat-back exhaust systems; taillamp guards; and portable DVD players.

The standard engine in the 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche 2WD is an iron-block Vortec 5.3-liter V-8 with GM's Active Fuel Management engine-cylinder-deactivation technology, which produces 320 hp at 5200 rpm and 340 lb.-ft. of torque at 4200 rpm. At the beginning of the 2009 model year, the 4WD Avalanche comes standard with a 5.3-liter aluminum-block V-8 engine that delivers 310 hp at 5200 rpm and 335 lb.-ft. of torque at 4400 rpm. Sometime shortly after start of production, the standard engine in 4WD Avalanche models switches to a 5.3-liter iron-block V-8 engine with Active Fuel Management and flex-fuel capability that delivers 320 hp and 340 lb.-ft. of torque. Two versions of the Vortec 5.3-liter V-8 engine are compatible with E85. An all-aluinum 6.0-liter V-8 engine with variable valve timing (VVT) and Active Fuel Management is available on 2WD and 4WD models. It generates 366 hp at 5800 rpm and 376 lb.-ft. of torque at 4400 rpm.

All Avalanche engines for 2009 are mated with a new and fuel-saving 6-speed automatic transmission. EPA fuel-economy estimates for the standard 5.3-liter engine are 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway (gasoline) and 11 mpg city/15 mpg highway (E85). The 6.0-liter V-8 engine gets an EPA-estimated 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway.

New for 2009, an optional integrated brake controller, integrated with the anti-lock braking system (ABS), provides immediate and measured brake-force signaling to electric-controlled trailer brake systems without a requirement for external or aftermarket brake control systems. The Z71 Off-Road package includes Z71 Off-Road suspension with high-pressure, gas-charged monotube shocks, 18-inch on/off road tires, automatic-locking differential, front recovery hooks, double skid plate, and high-capacity air cleaner.

Standard safety features on the 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche include a "360-degree safety system of occupant protection and crash-avoidance technologies," according to Chevrolet. This includes standard head curtain side air bags with rollover protection for both rows; front-seat safety belt pre-tensioners linked to the Avalanche's sensing system and providing "segment-exclusive" (again, according to Chevrolet) deployment in rear-end crashes. Other standard features include dual-stage driver front air bag and dual-stage outboard-front passenger air bag with passenger-sensing system; electronic stability control with rollover mitigation technology; traction control; tire-pressure monitor; and 4-wheel ABS. Available safety features include a rain-sensing wiper system, ultrasonic rear parking assist, and a rearview camera. LS models have standard OnStar with one-year Safe & Sound plan. LT and LTZ models have an OnStar one-year Directions & Connections plan with Turn-by-Turn Navigation. OnStar includes the GM advanced crash response system.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche receives a 5-star rating in frontal- and side-impact crash testing. In NHTSA rollover tests, Avalanche receives a 3-star rating for 2WD and 4WD models. These are the same ratings Avalanche received in 2008.

The 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche has, as standard or available, an AM/FM stereo with CD/MP3 player and 6-speaker sound system; AM/FM stereo with 6-disc CD/MP3 player/changer; audio input jack for iPod or other MP3 player; Centerpoint Surround Sound Bose speaker system; remote vehicle start; rear parking assist; rearview camera system that can be displayed in either the inside rearview mirror or the navigation display, depending on radio choice; DVD navigation; and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with 8-inch screen that can play videos stored on iPods. XM satellite radio is standard, while the new NavTraffic feature is available as an option. The latest-generation of OnStar (8.0) offers adv

Available Trims for the 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 Truck

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
LS 6 speed automatic $35,460 310-hp / 5.3L 8-cyl 14/20
LT1 6 speed automatic $36,330 310-hp / 5.3L 8-cyl 14/20
LT2 6 speed automatic $38,455 310-hp / 5.3L 8-cyl 14/20
LTZ 6 speed automatic $43,650 310-hp / 5.3L 8-cyl 14/20

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