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2009 Chevrolet Avalanche Truck

2WD Crew Cab 130' LS

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Benefits of Driving a 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche Truck

The 2009 Chevy Avalanche's unique mid-gate system gives it a distinctive look and allows it to function as both a truck and an SUV. Avalanche complements this flexibility with up to 8,000 lb of towing capacity, an available four-wheel drive system and corresponding off-road ability. Such versatility, plus its competitive pricing, makes the Avalanche a strong contender in a class that it invented.

What's new for 2009?

For 2009, Chevy's versatile Avalanche gets only modest changes, largely in the realm of exterior and interior color changes, as well as some equipment shuffling.

Model Strengths

  • Flexible design
  • distinctive looks
  • flexible cargo capacity

Model Review

The Chevrolet Avalanche comes in three trim levels--LS, LT, and LTZ. Each is available in both two- and four-wheel drive for 2009. A Vortec 5.3L V8 with 310 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque is standard on Avalanches, while an all-aluminum 6.0L V8 that produces 366 hp and 380 ft-lb of torque and utilizes variable valve timing is available. All engines are mated to a new 6-speed automatic transmission. Active Fuel Management is featured on all 2009 Avalanche engines, and FlexFuel capability is available.

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2009 Chevrolet Avalanche

Source: The Car Connection

TheCarConnection.com's editors have driven the Chevrolet Avalanche in order to give you an expert opinion, and to provide the most conclusive review for truck shoppers, TheCarConnection.com has researched available road tests relevant to the 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche.

Since its introduction in 2002, the Chevrolet Avalanche has won over tens of thousands of consumers with its ability to adapt. As an SUV with the Midgate closed and the rear seat up, the Avalanche can comfortably transport six people, and as a truck with the Midgate folded, the Avalanche's truck bed grows in length from 5'3" to 8'2". The Avalanche is, without a doubt, the most flexible SUV on the market.

Based on the Chevrolet Suburban and sharing many common parts as well as the same wheelbase dimensions--and very closely related to the Cadillac Escalade EXT--the unique SUV/truck hybrid is defined by its unique Midgate and the one trick it performs. Like the rest of GM's light-duty pickups, the Avalanche was comprehensively retooled for the 2007 model year, and it's seen only minor changes since then.

A new transmission is the biggest news for the 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche this year; replacing the old four-speed transmission is a new six-speed Hydra-Matic 6L80 automatic transmission. The new transmission improves fuel economy because the two additional gears allow the engine to operate at lower rpm when traveling at freeway speeds. The lower engine speed also contributes to reduced engine noise.

The 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche is available in LS, LT, and LTZ models and with either rear- or-four-wheel drive. The standard engine is a 320-horsepower 5.3-liter V-8 with Active Fuel Management, which deactivates half of the engine's cylinders when cruising or coasting. A 6.0-liter, 366-horsepower V-8 is available; it also has the system to reduce fuel consumption. But the 6.0-liter engine still brings a significant fuel-economy penalty; the 5.3-liter has ratings of up to 14 mpg city, 20 highway, but with the 6.0-liter that drops to 12 mpg city, 17 highway.

The 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche shares its interior with the Chevy Silverado pickup and Tahoe SUV, and the experts at TheCarConnection.com like these trucks. Their comfort and controls are first-rate and simple to use. If you haven't been in this newest generation of GM light-duty truck, you owe it a look. With the exception of a couple of cheap bits here and there, you'll find little to gripe about. Seats are generously proportioned in front especially, and there's plenty of space in back for adults. Some drivers will opt for the optional rear camera system, though, as rearward vision can be obscured.

The Avalanche offers more technology features than most buyers might expect, which is also the case with GM's other full-size trucks. Rear park assist, DVD navigation, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with an eight-inch screen are all on the options list, and the 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche includes Bluetooth wireless phone connectivity with steering-wheel controls.

The Avalanche comes with most of the safety features that buyers look for, including head-curtain side airbags, anti-lock brakes, and StabiliTrak electronic stability. For more reassurance, the Avalanche earns top five-star ratings in federal frontal and side impact crash tests. There's also an optional integrated brake controller system, which provides immediate and measured brake force signaling to electric-controlled trailer brake systems.

Hard-core Avalanche users in the back country will want to go for the heavy-duty Z71 Off-Road package, which features larger recovery hook openings; larger, more prominent fog lamps; and specific grille texture and platinum chrome grille trim. Also, those with bigger budgets will want to take a look at the top-of-the-line LTZ, which packs on the enhancements to a level that's comparable with GMC's Denali models, bringing a Centerpoint Surround Sound Bose speaker system, heated and cooled 12-way power memory seats with perforated leather-trimmed seating surfaces, and a dressed-up appearance.

The Bottom Line:

By offering the best of both worlds, the 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche makes choosing between a truck and an SUV a heck of a lot easier.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt
Back-Up Camera Opt
Handsfree Wireless Std


Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Opt
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 5 Years/100,000 Miles

Chevrolet Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2-year/24,000-Mile¹ CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan.

12-Month/12,000-Mile² Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.

5-year/100,000-Mile³ Powertrain Limited Warranty for model years up to 2014.

¹Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter, tire rotations and 27 point inspections, according to your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule for up to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of 4 service events. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.

²Whichever comes first from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.

³Whichever comes first from original in-service date. See participating dealers for limited warranty details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2009-2014 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day 150-Mile Satisfaction Guarantee
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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