Consumer Reports has selected the Chevrolet Avalanche full-size sport utility truck as its Top Pick honoree among all 2011 pickups.
"The Avalanche ($47,435) is a versatile crew-cab model with a unified bed and cab that helps give it a steady, comfortable, quiet ride," according to the magazine. "And the innovative partition between the cab and the bed can be folded to extend the cargo area into the back of the cab. That allows the truck to carry longer cargo. A three-piece bed cover provides a weather-tight and lockable cargo area. CR recommends getting the optional backup camera to reduce the truck’s large blind zone."
Top Picks are the best all-around vehicles in their categories and must meet CR's road test, reliability and safety requirements.
The Avalanche and Chevy Silverado 1500 half-ton have traded places with each other as CR's Top Pick since 2008, when the Silverado 1500 displaced the Toyota Tundra. The Avalanche was honored in 2009 and the 2010 Silverado was selected last year.
The Avalanche was one of two domestic vehicles (Ford's Mustang is the other) chosen in the 10 categories that make up CR's Top Picks.
[Source: Consumer Reports]