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2006 Chevrolet Avalanche 2500 Truck - Overview

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$38,320 – $38,320 MSRP

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2006 Chevrolet Avalanche 2500 Truck

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What's New
There isn't much new for the 2006 Avalanche because the 2007 model, which competes with the 2006 model for the last one-half of the year, has numerous upgrades. Consequently, changes to the 2006 model are relegated to making the tire pressure monitoring system standard, relocating the catalytic converters on the 1500 model to improve emissions, and replacing the side mirror with one that features larger glass, a convex spot mirror, heat, integrated turn signals, and power adjustment.

When Chevrolet introduced the Avalanche in the spring of 2001, it revolutionized the full-size crossover SUV/pickup market with a unique expandable cargo bed. In essence, it successfully blended a Suburban cabin with the open bed of a Silverado. Utilizing a collapsible "Midgate" bulkhead between the cab and the truck bed, it devised what Chevrolet now calls a Convert-a-Cab system. With the Midgate in the upright position, you have seating for six inside and a 5-foot 3-inch cargo bed. However, when you fold the rear passenger seat forward and lower the Midgate, the truck bed extends to more than 8 feet and can easily accommodate sheets of 4x8 plywood with the tailgate closed. To keep cargo items from walking away, you can lock the tailgate and the three-piece rigid cargo cover that's available. Additionally, Chevrolet integrated a pair of locking storage compartments on either side of the cargo box and equipped them with drains so they can be filled with ice and used as coolers.

The Avalanche comes in both 1/2-ton 1500 and 3/4-ton 2500 configurations with either two- or four-wheel drive (4WD). Standard power on 1500 models is the Vortec 5300, a 5.3L V-8 engine that produces 295 hp. Powering the Avalanche 2500, which is only available in 4WD, is the 320-hp Vortec 8100, an 8.1L V-8 engine. Both trims come with substantial towing capability: the 1500 can tow up to 8,200 pounds, while the 2500 can handle up to 12,000 pounds. Off-road enthusiasts can opt for the 1500 Z71 model, a special package loaded with features designed specifically for leaving the pavement behind.

Safety features on the Avalanche include OnStar, standard four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, dual-stage frontal air bags, available side-impact air bags for the front, and GM's Hydroboost brake system, which provides enough brake power to stop the vehicle at any speed should the engine stall.

The Competition
The Avalanche competes in the Large Pickup segment, but has a more SUV-like interior than its competitors. This segment attracts buyers wanting room and utilitarian value that only a full-size pickup brings them.

According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM Chevy sold 63,186 Avalanche units in calendar year 2005. The biggest chunk of the segment's 2,478,076 total sales went to the Ford F-150 light-duty pickup, which sold 579,820 units. Other competitors include the Ford Super Duty pickups and both the light-duty and heavy-duty versions of the Chevrolet Silverado, Dodge Ram and GMC Sierra, as well as light-duty-only Toyota Tundra and Nissan Titan.

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