2009 Chevy Avalanche LineupThree Avalanche models are available for 2009: a (basic) LS, the (midrange) LT and a (more feature-rich) LTZ. All can be configured as 2WD or 4WD sport utility trucks.
The Z71 package returns for 2009, bringing with it off-road suspension, including gas-charged shocks. Z71 also features an automatic-locking differential, front recovery hooks, a skid plate and high-capacity air cleaner.
Z71 Avalanches are easily recognized by their exterior differences, like color-keyed wheel flares, a bold front fascia, chrome grille insert and chrome tubular assist steps. Look inside and you'll find leather bucket seats.
New on Chevy Avalanche for 2009
- All versions of the 2009 Chevy Avalanche are equipped with a new 6-speed transmission that has two overdrive gears (5th and 6th) that make it possible for the engine to run at a lower speed on the highway -- less rpm means better fuel economy and a quieter ride.
- Another fuel-saving feature is a 3.08 ratio rear axle, which is standard on 2WD models, and allows the engine to turn at slower rpms.
- Avalanche is available with a high capacity cooling system and 3.42 ratio rear axle for best towing; maximum towing capability is 8,100 pounds.
- Avalanche runs GM's OnStar, version 8.0, which includes Stolen Vehicle Slow Down, turn by turn navigation and Destination Download, a system that automatically downloads directions to the nav system.
- Bluetooth is in place for hands-free calling; the system includes steering wheel controls.
- XM Satellite Radio includes NavTraffic, a feature that feeds real-time traffic alerts and route suggestions into the nav system.
- Look for a new trailer brake controller. Integrated with the ABS system, it tells the ABS that a trailer is connected to the back end.
New On LTZ Avalanches:
- Newly designed 20-inch chrome wheel
- Heated and cooled 12-way power memory seats
- Perforated leather-trimmed seating surfaces
- New body-side moldings with chrome accent strip
- New rear fascia with chrome accent strip and trailer hitch cover
- Surround Sound Bose speaker system
Avalanche Engine ChoicesA 5.3L V-8 engine with GM's Active Fuel Management (AFM) is standard. AFM monitors driving conditions and switches the engine from 8-cylinder to 4-cylinder operation when extra power isn't necessary. This engine replaces the 5.3L aluminum block V-8 used in early model year 4WD Avalanches.
Two versions of the 5.3L V-8 are flex-fuel capable.
A 6L V-8 engine with AFM and Variable Valve Timing is available.
Avalanche Cargo and MidgateFold the rear seat down and open Avalanche's Midgate (a divider between the cab and the bed) to increase available cargo length from 5' 3" to 8' 2". Lockable (and drainable) storage areas are visible along bed sides.
A 3-piece rigid cargo cover is available for Avalanche, and the tailgate is spring-loaded for easier closing.
Avalanche Pricing: Starts at $35,460 for the 2WD LS model and escalates to $46,700 for a 4WD LTZ truck.
The Chevy Avalanche may be the perfect solution for drivers who want a car-like drive and ride, but with a a cargo-hauling option. If there's a downside to the Avalanche, it's possibly the blind spot created by the truck's raised bedside (where the cab transitions into the bed), but the blocked area isn't as significant as you'll find when driving the Honda Ridgeline.